Advertising Feature Waste electricals and GDPR

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is regulated to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) incinerated or sent to landfill sites. Reduction is achieved through various measures which encourage the recovery, reuse and recycling of products and components. Whether we care or not, the negative

impact human beings are having on our planet, is becoming more and more evident. We are exposed to the extreme consequences of our actions, or inaction, daily and are running out of time to positively influence the future. There are only a finite amount of raw materials remaining on the planet, so shouldn’t Recycling rank higher, on our list of priorities? The Environment Agency (EA) has

stated that ‘Waste crime is becoming more organised’ and this demonstrated by the fact that the EA is closing more than two illegal Waste Sites per day! The extent of the issue faced is highlighted by the sad reality that the EA are aware that approximately two new illegal sites open each day. The EA are clamping down and this has led to offenders, caught recently, receiving record penalties. £25.5 million in fines were issued by the courts, for environmental offences brought by the Agency, compared to £8 million last year.

The impact of Waste Crime is visible, to

those who are either looking for it or aware of the problem, however often the damage caused goes unnoticed to the general public. Cutting corners usually results in a sacrifice in quality, with the easiest and cheapest route in the short-term, often creating more difficult and expensive long-term outcomes. When you consider that there are many unscrupulous individuals about, who rely on businesses opting for the easy, cheap option, are the associated risks really worth taking? According to The WEEE Forum, an

estimated 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally this year. Half of this is personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, with the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. The sad news is that it is expected that only 20% of global e-waste will be recycled each year. This means that 40 million tonnes of e-waste per annum is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way. As an Approved Authorised Treatment

Facility (AATF), Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG) are always adapting the products and services we offer our customers, In order to meet the growing demand and appetite for Compliant

Recycling. One area in which we have noticed a considerable increase in activity, in order to adhere to recently introduced regulations, is around the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Whether it is the potential fines or the security implications of ineffective data disposal that is driving the changes, many companies are now taking the management of GDPR very seriously. A common misconception is that erasing

information from data bearing devices such as hard drives, memory devices or mobile phones, is a secure and fail safe method of data disposal. Unfortunately this is not the case and would it surprise you to know that even after using software to erase/overwrite data, the original information could still be recovered? We have developed a straight forward

‘DataPod’ which allows you to easily compile your data bearing devices and we offer a tracked collection service. Our process includes the removal of the data from the devices, destruction of the devices and recycling of the component materials, before providing a Certificate of Destruction. We are passionate about what we do, as

well as how we do it and sincerely hope that we can raise the general awareness of the benefits associated with recycling electrical and electronic waste. To find out more please visit our website:

ARE YOU COMPLIANT WHEN DISPOSING OF WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (WEEE)? We can provide a data pod to hold and store electronic equipment,

which contains commercially sensitive data, before securely transferring it to our approved authorised treatment facility.

Safely and securely disposing of WEEE is now more prominent than ever due to GDPR.

Any breach of GDPR can be fined up to 4% annual global turnover or €20m.

Our process includes the removal of the data from the devices, destruction of the devices and recycling of the component materials, before providing a Certificate of Destruction.

To find out more please visit our website: 20 fmuk

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