With the new government WEEE legislations all office electronic waste has to be disposed of properly. The law applies to unwanted furniture, monitors, copiers, printers, keyboards, mouse and all other depleted office equipment and consumables.
Office clearance can be a stressful task if not done properly. In addition to the WEEE directives, in the UK there are other laws and regulations to monitor electronic waste and office waste recycling. If you ignore the rules and dump your office e-waste in landfills you may be penalised or fined.
What comes under office waste?
It is better to have an understanding of what comes under e-waste before you hire an office clearance service provider. Typically, office waste involves both e-waste and non e-waste. Electrical items include WEEE items like computers, VDU’s and printers. Items like furniture such as desks, office chairs, filing cabinets, white and coloured paper, magazines, newspaper, books, cardboard, empty drinks cans, bottles and cartons, plastic and paper cups are the non WEEE workplace waste you need to dispose of. When it comes to disposing of or recycling WEEE waste you would be wise to hire a company that adheres to the relevant regulations and rules.
Since there are many regulations to monitor recycling processes, it is essential to contact a professional office clearance company to remove these items and legally dispose of them. You need to ensure that the firm you hire can dispose of the waste in the most environmentally friendly manner. When you search for an office clearance firm, be sure to choose one that works in line with the WEEE directives. The company should also be licensed and certified by the Environmental Agency. Also make sure that the firm is fully insured to cover all possible mishaps that could occur during the collection and disposal.
Most recycling crews will clear of the waste quickly and comfortably without disturbing your workforce. Look for a company that offers flexible services and they can come to perform the clearance task even during out of office hours.
Before hiring a firm it is better to collect as much information as possible about the company. You should also ensure that the company recycles at least 90% of the e-waste they collect. By choosing an office clearance firm that offers data destruction/ data wipe you can also be sure that the confidential or business information saved on your hard drive won’t fall into the wrong hands. Try to hire a reputable office waste clearance company that is willing to offer a no obligation quote for the office clearance before any work takes place, so you don’t get any nasty surprises afterwards.