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Why it's important to dispose of your WEEE responsibly

January 05 2016

Used computers, monitors and other electronic equipment that are disposed of improperly have the potential to contaminate our environment and prematurely fill our existing landfills.

To address these problems two pieces of legislation have been put in place: The Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE Directive) and the Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)

The first WEEE Directive entered into force in February 2003. The Directive provided for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their WEEE free of charge. These schemes aim to increase the recycling of WEEE and/or re-use. However, in line with the increase in consumer spend of electronics the Directive was revised in December 2008. The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.

Companies that don't comply with UK and EU regulations can face thousands of pounds in fines and clean-up costs as a result. Ucan Recycling CiC can help organisations to eliminate these risks and ensure that the environment is protected by recycling electronic equipment and components, managing hazardous materials and turning your waste into a reusable commodity.

Located in West Yorkshire, Ucan Recycling CiC  has years of experience in recycling, data security, environmental compliance and asset management.


The cheapest methods of managing WEEE may not be the most responsible and may expose generations to liability in many forms both here and abroad. When you partner with U Can recycling, you reap the benefits associated with an established company that protects the best interests of your organization and the environment. We guarantee our process from product tracking and data security to hazardous waste accountability. When your company and our environment is at stake, don't settle for anything less.





Used computers, monitors and other electronic equipment contain many harmful chemicals metals and elements. If not treated and disposed of in the appropriate manner you could be responsible the following effects:

  • Barium: Present in the CRT (cathode ray tube) in order to help prevent exposure to radiation. Short-term exposure to barium can lead to muscle weakness, brain swelling, and damage to the liver, spleen, and heart.
  • Beryllium: A human carcinogen that is often included in motherboards and connectors.
  • Brominated Flame Retardants: These retardants are likely endocrine disrupters. They can reduce thyroxin levels in animals and can be dangerous for pregnant women.
  • Cadmium: Can harm fragile bones and has been found to be linked to kidney damage. This is often present in semi-conductors, infrared detectors, in SMD chip resistors, older cathode ray tubes and some plastics pieces of equipment.
  • Hexavalent Chromium: Used as a hardener for the shape of the systems and to protect steel plates from corrosion. Exposure can lead to asthmatic bronchitis as well as DNA damage.
  • Lead: The CRT (cathode ray tube) displays often contain anywhere from 4 to 8 pounds of lead. Lead can delay or inhibit mental development of young children and foetuses, and can be toxic to the kidneys, reproductive and nervous systems.
  • Mercury: Commonly found in wiring boards, switches, light bulbs, and flat panel displays. It has been found to be linked with kidney and brain damage as well. It is extremely harmful to developing foetuses and can be passed through fish and breast milk.
  • Plastics: The average computer contains around 13.8 pounds of plastic in the connectors, covers, and cables. Burning plastic can emit toxins and recycling it can be extremely difficult if plastics are combined.




At Ucan Recycling we offer a fully secure collection service and we will do this for free if we are collecting in bulk.  We can come to your site and decommission and load any equipment you have designated for recycling/Destruction and supply the certificates of destruction if required.


Ucan Recycling is committed to improving the environment and protecting communities like yours throughout the United Kingdom. Our company keeps millions of pounds of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) from entering our nation's landfills each year through recycling used computers, electronic equipment and material recovery.



Ucan Recycling’s recall and returns program is specifically designed for retailers seeking a safe and reliable way to handle product recalls and consumer returns. Our extensive knowledge of retail operations ensures our customers the most dependable and efficient program in the nation.


Ucan Recycling provides its customers with expert asset management, turning obsolete electronics into revenue.

For more information or to arrange a collection for bulk IT at your premises then give our collections manager a call on 0113 242 4421