With a view to reducing waste, the use of landfill and improving recyclate volumes, government have introduced a number of regulations. The disposal of Waste electronic equipment is covered by the WEEE directive. However, the following also apply:
• Landfill legislation (HMRC Notice LFT1 2004, 2002 Landfill Directive, WAC (Waste Acceptance Criteria))
• The Hazardous Waste Regulations (Statutory instrument 2005 No. 894)
A result of legislation is that obsolete I.T. (Waste Electronics- Computers, telecoms, peripherals) equipment may no longer be disposed of in the general waste stream or be sent to landfill. Regulations limit available waste streams to those licenced for the transportation and treatment of WEEE. However, many businesses usually consider further quality assurance factors when disposing of I.T, fixed assets and data bearing media.
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