WEEE recycling & telecom network e-waste

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), otherwise known as electronic waste or e-waste, is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU with some 40 million tons of e-waste being generated every year, worldwide (source: The World Counts).

E-waste is a global environmental problem. It can be composed of heavy metals, rare earth metals and other potentially hazardous material. As they break up over time and get released into the air, water and land, it’s not good for human health or the planet. Pollution aside, there’s another reason why it doesn’t make sense to trash e-waste like desktop computers, printed circuit boards and cables. They contain precious metals that are difficult to source, leading to higher prices as well as increasing the demand on primary sources and the energy needed to produce them.

To improve the environmental management of WEEE and enhance resource efficiency, responsible telecoms recycling and treatment of electronics at the end of their life is essential. Businesses are also subject to a number of legal requirements regarding how to deal with e-waste responsibly; you can learn more by reading our article on WEEE recycling regulations for businesses.

The telecom recycling services we provide

Sustainability has been part of our company’s vision since the very beginning. When the time comes for your organisation to purchase upgraded telecom network equipment or streamline its inventory, we recommend trading in what you have via our asset recovery solutions. This service has a focus on reuse and resale, allowing other companies to make use of your old equipment — which can almost always be refurbished — and become a vital part of how to reduce the electronic waste problem.

Where equipment has no further market value, or cannot be refurbished for return to service, we offer a comprehensive WEEE recycling service. We work with our customers to reduce their carbon footprint through strategic recycling and responsible disposal of telecom network e-waste. As Europe’s leading recycler of telecoms equipment, processing over 250T per month, we are able to extract maximum residual value for component parts broken down in our processing facilities for WEEE recycling.

One of our primary objectives is to reduce all waste to landfill. We process over 3,000T of high quality recycled materials per annum and currently recycle over 98% of all materials recovered. The size and scale of our telecoms asset recovery operations means we are able to command exceptional pricing from our WEEE recycling partners which translates into the highest possible recycling yields for the customer. For more details, please contact us to discuss your WEEE recycling requirements.

The types of IT & telecom network equipment we recycle

We specialise in WEEE category 3: IT and telecommunications equipment and can handle waste recycling and disposal for all types of telecoms and data equipment. This includes mainframes, networking, telecoms, digital and analogue broadcasting, mobile communication infrastructures, cabinets, base stations (BTS), desktop computers, peripherals, circuit boards, cables and components including storage media and hard disk drive destruction.

Non-hazardous materials are separated before processing. Cardboard, aluminium, steel and other metals are recycled and returned to productive use. Printed circuit boards, back panels, motherboards, connectors and IC chips are refined to recover precious metals including gold (Au), silver (Ag), palladium (Pd) and copper (Cu). CRT, LCD and plasma display monitors contain at least trace amounts of lead and other heavy metals which must be processed and refined, not landfilled. Any hazardous material is removed for safe recovery.

Recycle your telecoms & data equipment safe in the knowledge that:

  • You’ll know exactly what your project is worth – we provide transparent pricing and issue a detailed Certificate of Destruction (CoD)
  • Payments are quick – in fact we’re among the fastest in the industry for telecoms and corporate WEEE recycling
  • Any data left on a device will be securely wiped without a trace – our secure data wiping and destruction service provides Blancco certified data erasure & hard drive shredding options
  • All items are disposed of safely and responsibly with minimum impact on the environment – we hold high environmental standards and maintain industry best practices for safe and responsible WEEE recycling, with all activities carried out in line with regulatory legislation

WEEE recycling benefits

  • Realise the value of your end-of-life telecoms assets and increase profitability
  • Reduce toxic waste disposal, divert useful resources from landfill and achieve huge carbon savings
  • Fulfil your WEEE obligations and comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation
  • Identify new business recycling opportunities and achieve your environmental targets
  • Best practice approach minimises legal liabilities and risk from penalties and affords brand protection
  • Our customer portal, i-TRAC, provides detailed reporting on your recycled telecoms assets
  • Peace of mind – we have all the relevant certifications and permits for the recovery, processing and transportation of electronics waste
  • Work with an EcoVadis corporate social responsibility (CSR) rated supplier