Clare College Cambridge

Recycling IT Equipment

Disposal, Renewal and Recycling of Equipment

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive

The WEEE Directive seeks to reduce the impact of waste equipment by encouraging those who manufacture, use and dispose of equipment to achieve this in the best possible manner. It shifts the responsibility firmly onto those who benefit from its manufacture in what ever way.

The WEEE Directive aims to:

  • Reduce waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
  • Make producers of EEE responsible for the environmental impact of their products, especially when they become waste
  • Encourage separate collection and subsequent treatment, reuse, recovery, recycling and sound environmental disposal of EEE
  • Improve the environmental performance of all those involved during the lifecycle of EEE

WEEE compliance is now necessary for applicable products being sold within the EU. There are responsibilities for WEEE compliance on users, producers and distributors. The responsibilities for Users of WEEE is summarised below:

If electrical and electronic equipment is used it is necessary to store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of WEEE separately from other waste. It is necessary to also obtain and keep proof that WEEE was given to a waste management company, and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way.

Communal EE Equipment

The IT Department is responsible for the disposal of all equipment from communal areas. When machines are no longer useable in these areas, they are redeployed to other areas or are kept as loan machines for students to borrow. Any student wishing to borrow such a machine should email the IT Department.

Student EE Equipment

The IT Department prefers that students take responsibilty for the safe disposal of their own electrical and electronic equipment. Disposal can be arranged at a cost of £3.95 + VAT per individual item.

Departmental EE Equipment

The life expectancy of a departmental computer depends on the applications for which it is being used. If a computer is unable to run new software, or a hardware fault cannot be fixed economically, then an upgrade will be considered.

All surplus departmental printers and computers must be returned to the IT Department for disposal or re-deployment, and also to ensure that all sensitive material and College-licensed software has been removed. These equipment can then be offered to other departments.

Disposal: End of Life EE Equipment

The IT Department endeavours to re-use or recycle as much of its computer equipment as it is economically practicable. The IT Department pays for EEE to be disposed of by the University's approved contractor. The equipment or its component parts are then either re-marketed, recycled, or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.