Key facts about IT equipment disposal
IT equipment disposal - a growing problem
- In the UK, disposal of e-waste is governed by the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013.
- In 2019, the total world-wide weight of e-waste was 53.6 million tons. A UN survey from July 2020 reported an increase of 21% over the past 5 years.
- Europe leads the world in e-waste recycling, collecting, and processing 42.5% of its 2019 e-waste.
- According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), e-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the UK.
The need for more efficient IT asset management
- Less than 20% of e-waste is being recycled or reused.
- This means that an estimated £34bn in potentially recyclable materials is being lost each year, including £7bn in gold.
- Each person in Britain generates 23.5kg of e-waste each year, the fifth highest amount in the world.
- In the UK, only 35 per cent of e-waste by weight is currently being recycled through recognised schemes (Department for Business). The target for 2019 is 85%!
- Much e-waste contains potentially harmful materials such as cadmium, beryllium and mercury. A single computer can contain up to 2KG of lead.
How we can help
If you aren’t completely certain how your unwanted hardware is being recycled, reused or disposed of, or whether the valuable business information on it is totally secure, talk to us about better IT asset management. Call one of our experienced team on 01386 555008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer, you can request a call-back at a time to suit you.
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IT Service Delivery Director
“We use OCM as our recycling partner not just because they are good at recycling our unwanted IT equipment or because they follow good practices and standards to ensure we comply with the regulations. For us we use OCM over other recycling companies because of their commitment to raising money for local and national charities. Since our relationship with OCM began many years ago, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds. Our account manager is a pleasure to work with and he has personally helped to raise thousands for a local charity. As a company and as a collection of people, I would highly recommend working with them.”
Head of Technology Support
“We had limited time and resource to collate all equipment from various floors and OCM managed to sort in type order, identify data items and preparation for collection. Very happy with the asset reporting detail provided and erasure ID information”