IT-recycling is WEEELABEX certified
The WEEELABEX standard is still relatively unknown in the Netherlands, but has major consequences for the recycling and disposal of hardware and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Did you know, for example, that you can be fined if you have your electronics disposed of by a random company? Read more about this certification below.
IT-recycling – How does it work?
Step 1: Make an appointment Click “Make an appointment” and select “Computer recycling”.
Step 2: Number of kilos Indicate whether the waste weighs more of less than 200 kg
Step 3: Schedule a date Make an appointment, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a collection date.
Step 4: Transport Our drivers collect everything on the agreed day.
Step 5: Certificate Within 5 working days, you receive an environmental certificate, transport document, and the invoice.
Make sure you only do business with certified parties.
Many of our competitors in this sector have all kinds of interesting certifications posted on their websites that they possess, or insinuate they possess, but there’s only one that really counts; WEEELABEX. It’s also a legal requirement. We advise everyone to first carefully check whether the company they’re going to do business with is WEEELABEX certified. It’s really easy to check; simply visit the WEEELABEX website
What is WEEELABEX certification?
WEEELABEX certification is the new European standard that processors of obsolete computers must possess. This includes companies that destroy data or buy batches of used computers for trading. WEEELABEX is a legal standard that has been in force since 1 July 2015, and with which all processors and producers must comply. The standard contains uniform rules for the collection, storage, transport, processing, recycling and reuse of e-waste.
The purpose of the standard is to determine whether companies that process e-waste (including end-of-life computer hardware) reach the minimum required recycling level. For example, the EU has determined that at least 85% of written-off computers must be reused. Reuse here means reuse as a device, or reuse of the raw materials it’s composed of, such as metals or plastics.
Why was the WEEELABEX standard introduced?
In the past, a lot of computer waste ended up in the developing world, where processing methods were extremely harmful to the environment. In addition, it put the health of the people involved in the processing at risk. The authorities therefore decided to do something about it, and introduced a quality standard.
To meet the WEEELABEX standard, companies have to meet strict requirements, and only the best manage to do so. The somewhat strange name is an abbreviation:
WEEE stands for Waste of Electronic and Electric Equipment, and LABEX for Label of Excellence.
IT-recycling successfully achieved WEEELABEX certification with a 100% score. It underlines our sustainability ambitions, and is something we’re extremely proud of.
How does WEEELABEX certification work?
Certification for the new standard depends on a far-reaching audit and a batch test. The audit looks at the effectiveness of the recycling process, as well as quality, environmental management, working conditions/safety, and data destruction. A company must already possess ISO9001 and/or 14001 certification before it’s even eligible for this audit. The audit exceeds the ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards, and sets even stricter requirements.
During the subsequent batch test, a number of old computers are processed and tested, or data is destroyed. The results of this processing are carefully analysed, in combination with the audit, to calculate accurate recycling figures.
Avoid fines, and use IT-recycling’s services with WEEELABEX certification.
We can provide our customers who entrust us with their unwanted computers and engage us to destroy data with reliable figures about the recycling percentage of all the computer waste we collect. This is also important for you, because you run the risk of hefty fines if you use a non-certified processor.
Choose the guaranteed quality of IT-recycling
IT-recycling guarantees that we will process your hardware according to WEEELABEX standards. It assures you complete transparency about what happens to any of your written-off computer waste that we dispose of.
Would you like to know more about all the options? Then contact us without obligation. If you’d like to know more about the new standard in computer recycling, visit Weeelabex.org.