Illegal recycling has many victims
IT’S a WRAP – Are you switched on to recycling this week?
As part of this year’s recycle week, as the managing director of the S2S Group, I would like to encourage readers to think about not just this year’s theme of recycling in the home, but for businesses to think about who they use for recycling.
Exporting millions of computers to e-graveyards overseas is not a viable solution and I would urge anyone considering a ‘free or credited’ IT disposal or recycling service to satisfy themselves as to the accreditations and licences of the company.
At S2S, we deal with the safe removal, destruction and disposal of IT assets and data, so there is no excuse for taking the illegal route.
Aside from environmental damage, data is not destroyed until the hard drive containing it is physically destroyed or erased by an accredited company using approved software with the relevant certification.
Thanks to new UK sentencing guidelines, any company using a ‘man in a van with no questions asked’ can expect the full force of the law. Illegal recycling is not a victimless crime and profit from e-graveyards supports organised crime in the UK.
The fines and legal implications make e-graveyards not worth the risk. Business can’t afford it, the children in these countries can’t afford it and the environment can’t afford it. We all need to dispose of our e-waste legally and responsibly.
To make a positive change, we all have to take recycling seriously and the home is a great place to start. The only legitimate export in this field is our attitude to the Letters to the Editor, Buckinghamshire Advertiser, Trinity Mirror Southern, c/o Trinity Mirror Colour Print, St Albans Road, Watford, Herts WD24 7RG responsible disposal of unwanted goods. For further information about data destruction and WEEE recycling, see our website at www. s2s.uk.com or contact info@ weee-recycler.co.uk, alternatively, give us a call, on 01709 878878.
ALAN DUKINFIELD Managing director