Computer Equipment Disposal

You probably already know how difficult it is to dispose of redundant or broken computer equipment.

There are three important areas that you need to be aware of when disposing of computer equipment:

  • The Law
    Equipment disposal must comply with the current UK and European legislation. Recycling sites and processes are audited to ensure that environmental practices are maintained and legal compliance is assured as part of ISO 14001 environmental management certification.
  • The Environment
    Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing element in the municipal waste stream. There are many hazardous substances used in IT equipment including lead, cadmium, mercury, bromine compounds and arsenic.
    Disposal poses a real threat of pollution to our water, air and land. The EC has issued the WEEE Directive that aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment.  The WEEE Directive sets targets that 65% of IT equipment must be recycled and materials such as CRT's, LCD displays, printed circuit boards, batteries and flame retardant plastics be pre-treated before disposal.
  • Data Security
    All data on hard disk drives needs to be removed using specialist data overwriting and disk formatting software. Checks should also be carried out to ensure the disk drive has been properly overwritten and the data has been completely removed.
    Hard Drives that are faulty or cannot be wiped of data should be physically impaired rendering the unit inoperable prior to recycling through an approved process.


itflex work closely with the UK's leading reuse and recycling organisation who are registered as an Authorised Approved Treatment Facility (AATF) for Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE), to ensure that all 3 areas are satisfied.

For more details please contact us on 01708 209 924 or by email info@itflex.co.uk