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WEEE Waste Feature – BBC Panorama

Charterhouse Welcomes BBC Panorama WEEE Waste feature

For many years Charterhouse Muller have been highlighting the dangers of the “lowest bid wins” scenario when organisations are seeking a disposal partner. The recent BBC documentary on illegal WEEE Waste has hit home the pitfalls of what could happen to your E-Waste if “the man in a van” is selected to manage I.T Disposal.

So how can you avoid your assets ending up on an E-Waste dump in Africa?

• Responsible I.T Disposal organisations are required to perform regular audits on their outgoing supply chain and have written assurances regarding the final destination of the WEEE Waste. Ensure whoever you select to manage your disposal can produce evidence of supply chain audit.

• There is a global shortage of raw material and there are reputable AATF’s across the UK who have the capabilities to recycle waste for supplying the manufacturing industry. Check that your I.T Disposal supplier has agreements with such AATF’s i.e. ensuring no illegal waste is exported.

• If you have items that require Secure data-destruction, BE VERY WARY OF THE CHEAPEST DISPOSAL OPTION! I.T disposal organisations that state they can offer full compliance at zero cost irrespective of the condition of equipment may not have the necessary security policies in place to guarantee data-protection and are simply trying to get your E-Waste to make a profit, often with major environmental impact.

The program can be viewed on BBC I-player link:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0116gw0/Panorama_Track_My_Trash/