Unwanted computer equipment under new regulations needs to be carefully disposed and reused without the need to go to landfill. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive compliancy (WEEE & ROHS) has been introduced to minimise the amounts of electrical equipment going to landfill.
Computer monitors and screens from unwanted laptops contain toxic substances that can be hazardous to the environment and hazardous to health. In order to eradicate these poisonous substances reaching landfill and possible contact with wildlife and humans, these directives suggest that all unwanted computers, unwanted laptops, unwanted IT and office electricals be dismembered, repaired and reused where possible to build refurbished equipment worthy of being passed or sold on to companies and organisations who are more needy. Such institutions are schools and colleges where funding may be limited.
The educational benefits received by these needier individuals who obtain such refurbished equipment is, alone, reason enough to deem the introduction of these directives as a resounding success. However, the environment, wildlife habitats and human life as a whole is arguably a more important proof that these directives are helping to change the world and not only the lives and educations of individuals who benefit from the refurbished software gained from unwanted computer equipment.
IT disposal is a hugely important part of everyday recycling nowadays and computer and laptop disposal especially have become a major European conservation policy.
So what happens to unwanted computer equipment? Here we explain the process from start to finish:
The first part of the process involves communication. There are other ways in which the first contact is made but considering that this post is online and at LCWS we emphasise contact through the website, we deemed it necessary to use the term ‘online contact’. Customers with unwanted computer equipment will contact us through the website and arrange a collection point and time.
The collection now takes place. Friendly, uniformed staff will pick up the unwanted computer equipment and give it a thorough check. The disruption to businesses is as minimal as required. If they prefer to give us a hand loading our vans then they’re totally welcome however time is money and we understand this therefore we endeavour to cause the minimum amount of fuss and will gladly take care of the loading unaided.
Our team of IT experts will firstly ensure that data destruction is carried out where all data storing equipment is carefully wiped free of any data. If the data is hard coded, we have the ability to use magnetised data disposal equipment and extract the data from the device using electro magnetic fields. Once the data wiping is done, we double check to ensure it is totally wiped and proceed to offer, if requested, documentation to ensure your data has been successfully removed.
Once back at our HQ, we proceed to dismantle and evaluate each individual component. They are separated into 3 sections: Recycle; Repair and Rebuild. The first stage is recycle. Components in the recycle section are beyond repair and cannot be spared. We carefully dismantle these parts and separate them into their original components i.e. metal, rubber, plastic and glass. Each pile of components is then shredded into fragments and melted down to be recycled into future IT equipment. Hard drive destruction is also carried out at this stage of the process.
The next stage of the computer recycling process of unwanted computer equipment is the repair. Parts that can be repaired and refurbished are kept to one side and our trained manufacturing experts will go through the process of repairing what can be salvaged. At LCWS we take great pride in repairing what other companies would send off to be recycled. This shows the strength and expertise that our mechanical team possess. Saving PC recycling costs ensures that we can offer the refurbished units at as discounted prices as possible to reduce the cost to our customers.
Once the salvaged parts and the repaired parts are all ready to go, our manufacturing department begin the process of rebuilding computer units. The process has taken us from unwanted computer equipment to fully functioning and ready to go IT products, and our phase of the cycle is nearing it’s final stages. All that’s left is to supply them to the less fortunate.
This is the part where we receive the greatest job satisfaction. The laptop recycling is underway and the repairs have been done. The refurbished parts have now been built and are ready to be distributed to needy families, institutions and organisations. We enjoy the reaction we receive when we supply disadvantaged communities and educational institutes will affordable equipment which would have been unaffordable previously.
Our products should last as long as a brand new computer, and for the vast amounts of time spent and the benefits to both the environment and disadvantaged individuals, our job at LCWS is unrivalled in that wherever we go, we never fail to carry a smile and receive a smile in return. Lancashire is covered and doesn’t need to worry again.
Finding homes for equipment that is surplus to requirements is best served green… A job well done team LCWS!