WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)

What is WEEE?

computerWEEE is Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment and includes:

  • Printers
  • Laptop/desktop computers
  • Faxes
  • Phones/Mobiles
  • Fridges
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs

Important info about WEEE collection service


Innov8 Disposal have cease to trade.

Investigations into an alternative collection procedure are ongoing. If you have any WEEE that needs collecting please fill in the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling Form.

The form entry will be sent to the Sustainability Team where it will be forwarded to a contractor that is covering the service whilst a procedure going forward is established.

Record keeping

Please enter on the order form the name of someone who will be available on the day to sign the Waste Transfer Note for your collection.

For each WEEE collection a waste transfer note or consignment note must be completed. You are legally required to keep copies of all your waste transfer notes for at least two years and consignment notes for three years.

Guidance and Forms

If your equipment has been contaminated in the last 12 months you must decontaminate it and provide evidence of doing so.

Please fill in this Decontamination of Lab Equipment Form, print it out and attach it to the equipment. 

Why we recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment

Electrical and electronic equipment contains many toxic substances, such as arsenic, bromine, cadmium, hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), lead, mercury which must be disposed of safely.

Hard drive erasure and Certificates of data destruction

Each piece of equipment is given a reference by the contractor and certificates of destruction are provided. These are stored electronically centrally.

Hard drives are removed from machines during booking in, placed in secure containers and moved to a separate area of the warehouse. Only specific members of staff are allowed to handle hard drives. All hard drives are sanitised using DBAN working to DOD 5220.22-M with 7 passes even if clients have sanitised them or if they have asked for disposal.

All hard drives that clients have asked to be destroyed are recycled after being sanitised.

Resale of our WEEE 'waste'

All damaged WEEE equipment from Newcastle University is refurbished where possible, with the aim of maximising re-use.

Any items that cannot be refurbished are broken down into their component parts and recycled.

Advice on Buying New Equipment

When purchasing any new electrical or electronic equipment the supplier should take back a like for like item as part of the 'spirit' of the WEEE regulations. However in almost all cases this is not practicable.

You should ask the supplier what their WEEE recycling policy is and whether they operate under Regulations 9.1 or 9.2 of the WEEE Directive.

If 9.1 : Suppliers will organise the collection and the recycling of the item at the end of its life.
If 9.2: The end user (you) is responsible for the disposal of the item at the end of its life.
If the supplier operates under 9.2 transferring the obligation to recycle to the end user you should make sure:

  • they have not included a recycling charge in their quote/price, if they have asked for this to be removed
  • thet negotiate the final price down as you will have to pay for disposal which is against the 'spirit' of the WEEE regulations. Check the prices of common items at NCRPriceList (Word doc: 14KB) for a guide on how much to negotiate down

If you have any queries about the WEEE collection please contact: Hannah Owens on 0191 222 7789