March 23, 2010
One of the biggest objections we come across when speaking with potential clients is the fact that a number of companies will collect your old electrical equipment for free.
Free however generally means unreliable but also and most importantly, the items are being exported abroad to third world countries where child labour is exploited.
Recent reports indicate that huge numbers of NHS computers have been dumped in Ghana. Children working in the most horrible of conditions, are melting down the precious metals over open fires to earn money. Most ICT equipment contains many harmful toxins which are released under these condition and ingested by the children causing all sorts of health issues.
Also information left on these machines can be accessed by criminals and used for all sorts of crimes; extortion, blackmail, passwords and more, you name it and it could be used illegally.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, public sector organisations have a Duty of Care to make sure that all records are removed from ICT equipment before they are disposed off, and it make no difference if you are a company, large or small or a household.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, insists on both individuals and organisations acknowledging their environmental responsibilities. Businesses are Governing bodies are strongly recommended to only dispose of ICT equipment via an external agency authorised and registered to dispose of such waste.
Recycling Your IT is a well know company, that has been in the industry for many years, so you will be in safe hands with us.