There are two main pieces of legislation that business need to comply with: WEEE Regulations and the Data Protection Act.
Businesses need to comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations – this means waste IT equipment cannot be dumped or fly tipped, and must be disposed of through the proper channels.
When disposing of redundant computer and electrical equipment, it is essential that it is passed to a licensed company, and a Waste Transfer Note is issued to provide proof of its legal transfer. This allows companies to fulfill their obligations under the WEEE Regulations, and avoid fines and prosecutions levied by the Environment Agency.
Waste disposal is increasingly in the spotlight, and businesses need to make sure they dispose of their equipment legally and responsibly.
Data Protection Act
Almost all UK businesses need to comply with the DPA for the handling, storing and disposing of sensitive data. The definitions can be complex, and the Information Commissioner’s Office website (www.ico.gov.uk) gives further information.
It can be summarised that any information that identifies a living person is classed as sensitive – this covers much of the information held by most businesses.
A key principle of the DPA is to guard against loss of data. Since this is most likely to happen when disposing of redundant IT equipment, our secure disposal services help businesses avoid the increasingly expensive fines that a data breach results in.
The Certificates of Destruction that Glasgow Computer Recycling issue serve as proof that data has been securely destroyed.