YOUR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the WEEE Directive, any business small or large which generates, imports, produces, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of waste, must take every effort to reuse, reduce and recycle. Nothing electrical or electronic can go to landfill. This is a legal requirement which if ignored can come with heavy fines and or imprisonment.
You also have a duty of care to make sure that the company you use to collect such items are properly licensed to do so. You must be able to prove an audit trail from when your waste leaves you to where it finally ends up. You must be able to demonstrate this to the Environmental Agency upon inspection.
There are many rogue traders (some licensed) who do not follow the law and e-waste ends up on foreign shores which is illegal unless the item is proven to work and in most cases by the time it has been thrown in a container and spent weeks being transported on a ship, it doesn’t.
Please watch the below video to see what happens to your items when they are shipped abroad and consider for one minute how you would feel if this was one of your relatives doing this work!