Waste

Electrical equipment

WEEE is waste electrical and electronic equipment. It is all end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment and covers virtually everything with a plug or battery. It is required to be collected via our licensed WEEE contractor and is illegal to dispose in any other way e.g. bins, skips, etc.

Our WEEE contractor CCL North Ltd undertake software based data destruction for all types of data including: electronic media, hard drives, SSD devices, data tapes, CDs and memory sticks. They offer licensed software erasure, certified hard drive degaussing and physical destruction (for more information see the CCL North Ltd website: www.cclnorth.com/data-destruction).

Reusable?
Potentially
Recyclable?
Yes
Uplift required?
Yes (via licensed contractor)
Hazardous?
Potentially
Cost?
Refrigerated items only (all other WEEE is collected free of charge)

Is the item reusable?

Warp It, the University's internal reuse network, is an online platform similar to eBay that allows staff and PhD students to redistribute surplus goods internally. If the item is not reusable follow process below. The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability run a project to improve the capacity for reuse of PC desktops at the University; find out how old computers and other IT equipment can be reused on the Department for SRS website.

Process (non-refrigerated equipment)

  1. Segregate and count items (if equipment consists of multiple parts, e.g. lab equipment, label clearly to ease identification, e.g. 1 of 2, 2 of 2).
  2. Complete WEEE Collection Request Form and Decommissioning Checklist and email to CCL North Ltd at edinburgh@cclnorth.com (use this generic email and do not email Heather directly) (copying Waste Office) to arrange an uplift. 
  3. CCL North will make contact with a collection date (note someone must be available on the collection day to sign and verify the paperwork).

  4. The signed Waste Transfer Note provided at time of collection, plus the Special Waste Consignment note if hazardous wastes are present, must be kept for 2 years by your Department along with this form. 

Process (refrigerated equipment)

  1. If replacing old piece of equipment, dispose of old item through the manufacturer, reseller of the item, or through Warp It
  2. If equipment was used in a laboratory (or other potentially hazardous setting), the disposing School/Unit is responsible for appropriately cleaning the equipment. They are also responsible for certifying the items as clean prior to disposal and completing the Decommissioning Checklist completed (below).
  3. Determine cost of disposal by referring to the Commercial Fridge Classification document (below)
  4. Generate eIT (Estates and Buildings will be the Supplying Unit, and Estates Waste Management the sub-unit) and email eIT number with completed Collection Request Form and Decommissioning Checklist to CCL North Ltd (copying Waste Office) to arrange an uplift. 
  5. CCL North will make contact with a collection date (note someone must be available on the collection day to sign and verify the paperwork).
  6. The signed Waste Transfer Note provided at time of collection, plus the Special Waste Consignment note if hazardous wastes are present, must be kept for 2 years by your Department along with this form.