Environmental and Legislative Information
Did you know your computer monitor contains over 10 times more lead than a car?
There's Lead, Phosphorus and Arsenic in cathode ray tubes, Antimony trioxide and Polybrominates are used as a flame retardants in plastic casings, cables and circuit boards, Selenium in circuit boards as a power supply rectifier, Cadmium in circuit boards and semiconductors, Chromium in steel as corrosion protection, Cobalt in steel for structure and magnetivity, Mercury in switches and housings and many others in batteries and lighting equipment.
With the average lifespan of a computer 3 years and shrinking, the environmental effect of ICT waste in landfill has become a serious issue. Governments across Europe have responded by creating laws, such as the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) in order to minimise WEEE in landfill. As a consequence, dumping redundant ICT equipment in landfill is no longer acceptable, with most electrical equipment being considered controlled waste. Comm-tech are licensed to broker, collect and transport controlled waste. We can supply full environment agency paperwork for your records.
We provide documentary evidence of legal compliance to all donors, in the form of Duty of Care (Hazardous Waste Transfer Notes) and Certificates of Charitable Reuse
Our certification ensures that our donors are indemnified of further costs related to the disposal of their IT equipment and that Comm-Tech's reuse and recycling processes are in accordance with the following legislation:
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Control of Pollution Act 1989
- Environmental Protection Act 1990 (including Duty of Care)
- Controlled Waste Regulations 1991
- The Environmental Protection Act 1991
- The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992
- Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994
- Special Waste Regulations 1996
- Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000
- The Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002
- The Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005
- RoHS Directive 2006
- The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006
The paperwork will be required for any Environmental Audit your organisation undergoes.
For more information see the following websites: