Fulcrum, a gas infrastructure firm that is part of the National Grid Group, has recycled 2,000 items of technology under the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE).
The company said it had brought in Midex, a specialist in the processing and reuse of end of life IT and electrical goods, to collect and recycle PCs, laptops and printers. The collection was free of charge.
For the recycling, Midex broke down the equipment into separate components. Plastic was passed on to a specialist recycling company, and the remaining waste was shredded. Midex will sell iron and steel that is extracted, and wires, circuit boards and precious metals are stored ready for smelting.
Midex is licensed by the Department of Environment and aims to help firms meet WEEE regulations. On its website, it promises “100% secure disposal” of equipment, providing destruction certificates.
Under WEEE regulation, producers of electrical equipment are responsible for financing its treatment, recovery and environmentally safe disposal and must join or form a producer compliance scheme.
A WEEE settlement centre records all exchanges of treatment evidence for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) between approved authorised treatment facilities, approved exporters and producer compliance schemes. It is run by business consultancy and IT systems development firm Real Time Engineering.
Before the settlement centre was announced last year, the Local Government Association had issued a warning that councils could be left to foot the bill for recycling of PCs and other electronic waste after a failure to tie up local authority recycling centres with partner producer compliance schemes in time.