Paul is an Innovate My School expert in the field of IT & Electrical Recycling and the WEEE Directive.
Most businesses and institutions know little about the WEEE Directive of 2007 - partly because it was announced publicly on the same day as the smoking ban, which dominated headlines.
Working in this area since 2007, initially as a consultant and subsequently setting up an Environment Agency licensed IT & electrical Recycling Company called Expired IT, I now have a comprehensive knowledge of the Act’s sometimes labyrinthine legal restrictions on all organisations in their disposal of redundant electrical and IT equipment. Only licensed Waste Carriers are permitted to transport electrical waste. As such we take the waste to Environment Agency approved recycling facilities and are able to produce all the paperwork organisations are required to keep in order to show their legal disposal of both hazardous and non-hazardous items.
Our customers now comprise over 200 schools, charities and businesses, with diverse requirements and budgets.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the thousands of old computers that we get rid of everyday?
These days you can’t just throw IT equipment out and leave it for the dustmen. The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), which was made law in 2007, means all of us have to dispose of our old computers carefully and safely.
This is because all computers are full of toxic materials. Circuit boards contain heavy metals including mercury, while monitors contain up to 4kgs of hazardous lead. We can safely sit just inches from these hazardous chemicals when they are locked away in our computer, but if they are poorly disposed of they can harm the environment.