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Recycle WEEE Directive


Recycle WEEE Disposal Services

The UK's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, last updated in December 2023, mandate the responsible disposal, recovery, reuse, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. These efforts are aimed at minimising the environmental impact and reducing the amount of WEEE incinerated or sent to landfill sites.

To comply with the WEEE regulations, producers and distributors in the UK must adhere to specific obligations. Producers are defined as those who manufacture, rebrand, or import EEE on a commercial basis into the UK, or sell directly to the UK market by distance selling. Distributors include retailers who make EEE available on the UK market. Private individuals importing products for their own use are not
bound by these regulations.

For producers, the obligations vary depending on the volume of EEE they place on the UK market. Those placing less than 5 tonnes must register with environmental regulators as small producers, while those placing more must join a producer compliance scheme (PCS) which will handle the financing of WEEE collection and disposal. They also need to ensure the display of the ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol on their products, provide reprocessing information within one year of placing new EEE on the market, and retain all relevant documentation for at least four years.

Distributors are required to offer free take back of WEEE and accept it from customers supplied with like-for-like products. Retailers with a sales area of EEE greater than 400 square meters must also accept small WEEE for free. Records of all WEEE taken back must be kept for at least four years, and customers must be provided with information on what to do with their WEEE.

Specific requirements are also laid out for the disposal of single-use vapes, which retailers must collect and recycle according to legal obligations. There are also distinctions made between household and non-household products, with ‘dual use’ products considered household EEE.

The WEEE Regulations cover a wide range of EEE, categorized into 14 broad types, from large household appliances to IT and telecommunications equipment. Certain products, like military equipment, large-scale industrial tools, and implanted medical devices, are exempt.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) enforces the regulations concerning the marking of EEE and distributor obligations in the UK.

For a comprehensive list of what is considered EEE, detailed guidance on how to classify products, and more specific instructions on compliance, the government’s website offers resources and contact details for further inquiries.

It’s crucial for businesses to stay informed about these regulations to ensure they are compliant and contributing positively to environmental sustainability efforts. For further details on how to comply with the WEEE Regulations, you can refer to the
resources provided by the UK government:

WEEE Regulations Overview[13].
Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) covered by the WEEE

With the updated WEEE regulations in place, businesses across the UK are required to take responsible actions towards the disposal, reuse, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This is not just a regulatory requirement but also a commitment to environmental stewardship. Reuse Technology Group Ltd offers a robust solution that aligns with these obligations, ensuring that businesses can dispose of their EEE in an environmentally responsible manner.

Here’s how Reuse Technology Group Ltd supports businesses with WEEE compliance:

1. Specialised IT Equipment Services: As specialists in the IT equipment sector, we provide expert services in the reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic items, ensuring that your business meets its WEEE obligations.

2. Compliance Simplification: For businesses that produce, sell, or dispose of EEE, navigating the WEEE regulations can be complex. Reuse Technology Group Ltd simplifies this process, guiding businesses through their compliance journey with clear and effective solutions.

3. Zero Landfill Policy: We guarantee a near-zero landfill policy, ensuring that all equipment that is fit for purpose is reused. If reuse is not possible, the equipment is recycled within the UK, adhering to the highest environmental standards.

4. UK-Based Recycling: All WEEE waste handled by Reuse Technology Group is processed within the UK. This commitment to domestic recycling eliminates the environmental and ethical concerns associated with shipping waste overseas.

5. Transparency and Assurance: We provide complete transparency and assurance that WEEE waste will not leave the UK, supporting the integrity of your environmental policies and public commitments.

By partnering with Reuse Technology Group Ltd, businesses can confidently fulfill their WEEE obligations, contribute to a sustainable future, and potentially enhance their corporate social responsibility profile. This approach not only benefits the environment but also supports businesses in maintaining compliance with UK legislation in a way that is both eco-friendly and cost-effective.

For businesses looking to learn more about their specific WEEE obligations and how Reuse Technology Group Ltd can assist, the latest guidelines and regulations can be accessed through resources provided by the UK government

Near Zero Landfill Policy Guaranteed

Reuse Technology Group will always reuse all equipment that is fit for purpose. If it cannot be reused it will be recycled in the United Kingdom.

None of our WEEE waste will leave the UK and we will always adhere to a near zero landfill policy.

Our business process when buying used Cisco equipment

  1. You provide a draft inventory and we provide you an agreed cisco buyback value
  2. We can collect or you drop off the equipment
  3. Our trained Cisco technicians will create a complete inventory by make, model and serial number.
  4. All equipment is then tested, every port checked, reset to factory default, all configs and VLAN’s permanently deleted
  5. Inventory sent to you and the final buyback prices agreed
  6. Payment by cash, paypal or bank transfer
  7. You also receive an inventory, WEEE Waste transfer note if applicable and the show log for each device as proof with certification of sanitisation

When selling your used IT equipment, consider your role as a data controller and how you can mitigate the risk of security breaches and environmental fines by choosing a partner who can provide the following:

  • Established business with trading history
  • Registered with the environmental agency as a waste carrier and hold exemptions or waste processing certificates
  • Can handle magnetic storage media with CESG approved software as a primary method of data sanitisation
  • As your data processor, they must have public, professional and cyber security liability insurance
  • Security cleared staff
  • Cisco trained technicians
  • ISO 9001 & 14001
  • No third party technicians or collections.
  • Only tracked vehicles with direct point to point logistics

We work closely with large organisations and VAT registered businesses

If your company is a VAT registered business we will require a VAT invoice prior to payment being made. If you are an individual or a non-VAT registered company, then we do not require an invoice. It’s a very easy and straightforward process that should take no more than 72 hours from the initial offer, through to completion and payment.

If you have non Cisco items that you wish to dispose of, we will still be able to help you. Please click here to find out more about our IT Asset Disposal service.

Supporting Government Departments and Corporates with GDPR Compliant IT Asset Disposal and Cisco Buy Back

Some of our long standing partners are UK Government departments, mainly located in London and corporates both in London and regional locations around the UK.

Why do they choose us?

Mainly because we do what we promise to do and we treat our customers businesses as if it was our own. We give 100% to make sure our clients brands and reputations are protected.

Our accreditations are all above standards required and our prices help our clients with their budgeting and bottomline increase.

You increase revenue by protecting your brand and reputation as well as getting the best buyback prices for your IT Hardware if it has a resale value.

Why not call us now on 01708 558 297 to find out if we can help you with your IT Disposal or with us buying back your used and refurbished Cisco and networking hardware.