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Illegal dumping of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is rife. There are many companies in the UK who claim to be legitimate WEEE recyclers that are illegally disposing of these items in developing countries. Often they export the waste as "second-hand or used equipment" negating the need to comply with the shipment of waste regulations.
The Environment Agency has a dedicated task force group seeking out illegal shipments, stopping containers and tracing back the origins of any waste found to the original producer. Illegal overseas treatment generally provides no health and safety measures; pays poor wages; encourages child labour and / or just pollutes Third World countries. These videos show the hazards of illegal dumping of WEEE product in these countries.
Accra, Ghana - Massive dump of electronic waste.
This video quite graphically displays where electronic waste can end up (often without the original owners knowing) if proper audit trails of disposed WEEE goods are not completed (either at all or by irreputable companies).
UKAS video demonstrating that accreditation provides independent proof of the competence, impartiality and capability of organisations, so delivering confidence in the services they provide.
This video is produced by UKAS and can be viewed on their website by clicking here.
Copier ID theft : © LaBovick Law
Uploaded 11th July 2012
In today's technological world it is becoming increasingly important to be sure that personal data is managed correctly when a piece of electrical equipment reaches its' end-of-life. One piece of office equipment that is often overlooked though is the photocopier. These all have a hard-drive hidden deep within the unit that will hold a copy of every page ever copied. This data can be easily accessed by data thieves legitimately purchasing end-of-lease / end-of life equipment. Criminals can use the personal information to open bank accounts, take out credit cards and apply for state benefits and mortgages. Do you know where your photocopier goes when you dispose of it / return it to the leasing company?
Electronic Waste in Ghana : © GreenPeace
Uploaded 4th August 2008
Ghana is the latest place where GreenPeace have discovered high tech toxic trash causing horrendous pollution. Their analysis of samples taken from two electronic waste (e-waste) scrap yards in Ghana has revealed severe contamination with hazardous chemicals.
Get us to audit the route for you to be sure it is compliant and that your e-waste / WEEE recycling and data is protected as this will safeguard you from damages under your client duty of care requirements and from prosecution under the Data Protection Act.
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