When I first started here, a couple of years ago, we were looking to dispose of some electrical items and a colleague of mine went through all the issues relating to it and got a WEEE license from the Environment Agency (no great expense as £18 a year). Apparently we have to have this license before we can throw any electrical items away, and then we have to be sure it's going to be recycled rather than going to landfill.
Is the above definitely the case? I'm struggling to find any previous posts about this specific issue, or anything specific via Google.
I would have thought that licence would only be for transporting the equipment yourself to somewhere for disposal.
Using a licenced company such as PRM Green who don't charge schools they turn up collect the equipment and give you a waste transfer note and when the data destruction has been done you get certificates for that too.
We have taken some to the local WRC, so I'm not sure if the license was required for that?
The problem we have is that some of our equipment is broken, inevitably, and the usual recycling people aren't interested in that.
PRM Green has taken broken stuff from us, so long as there's a mix of usable equipment. They'll take old projector lamps as well.
I've used TechLogic in the past, they took everything including pc's that had been stripped by our year 8's... they weren't a pretty sight!
I'm not sure what you'd need a licence for, unless it allows you to accept WEEE? I once considered getting one so that we could accept other companies old computers but never actually got round to looking into it.
I had the same discussion with a company at one point, they said you did but others said you didn't.
In the end I passed it on to someone else simply saying have we got a WEEE number and do we need one. The conclusion they came to was unless you are recycling a large ammount of stuff (can't remember the exact weight) then you don't need one, otherwise legally you should be registered as a waste producer. Because the ammount I was recycling fell below the weight we didn't get one.
Recently though we've been using another company and they've never asked us for a licence number, so it's not cropped up again.
Edit: the ammount was 500kg http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk...ste/32198.aspx
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The £18 per annum license is to register as a hazardous waste producer.
This is relevant if you produce over 250KG of hazardous waste in a year (note - not just IT related). This could be CRT screens, Projector bulbs, fluorescent lights., paint etc. Transportation of hazardous waste is another matter and one that it's just easier not to go into and shouldn't be relevant to you.
There are several companies around who will take your IT related WEEE away FOC. Those that pay for items are rarer, but then we haven't been that fussed by that aspect as anything that is in a usable condition is still in use.
We have used Recycled IT (Recycled IT | Free Computer Recycling | PC Disposal | Free IT disposal for all with ZERO LANDFILL) and the guys always turn up on time and are quite accommodating and provide the relevant paperwork. However they don't take TVs, fusers not in printers and a few other bits and pieces.
Our alternative company we use is Computer Recycling Technologies (Computer Recycling Technologies Ltd) who will take anything. The problem we had though was that they put everything in cages before going on the van, ad we had a lot of bulky stuff so we couldn't shift as much as we had hoped.