IT Recycling


What happens to Recycled IT equipment?

RDC focuses on re-use of whole equipment which not only generates money but can save up to 75% of the materials and energy used in manufacturing a new PC (according to a UN University study).  But for some equipment, costs of repair exceed the monetary value; some are electrically unsafe; some are replaced by new technology and these items are recycled.

Recycling can be carried out in a sustainable way, minimising environmental impact by reclaiming materials and parts, which help reduce costs to customers and guarantee compliance with legislation. RDC leads the market in this important area, all of our processes are carefully tracked and audited, recycling output is fully reported supporting customers sustainability targets.

Why recycle?

  • Legal compliance: landfill or incineration of waste computers is banned as they contain known hazardous materials – the WEEE & Hazardous Waste regulations apply – plus a whole mountain of other regulations that RDC monitors on behalf of customers.
  • Environmental benefits: reuse saves energy and materials used in the manufacture of computers; up to 75% of materials according to a UN University study.
  • Reclaim materials: use of recyclate saves using costly scarce resources.
  • Commercial benefits: recycled parts and materials can be sold to lower recycling costs to RDC and our customers.
  • How is IT equipment and waste materials Recycled?
  • RDC responsibly recycles all parts from failed or obsolete IT equipment and non-usable packaging materials in an environmentally sustainable way.
  • Recycling processes enable RDC to reclaim components and peripherals from faulty devices that can then be re-used. Product streams of used parts include keyboards, mice, leads, power cables, memory chips, motherboards, graphics cards and network cards.
  • RDC sort IT WEEE into over 30 separate waste streams, enabling the recycling of material that would be contaminated and more difficult to recycle unless segregated. For waste materials recycling is carried out by dismantling into parts to aid the recycling of each separate material stream and so increasing the amount recycled and enabling hazardous parts to be removed for recycling and safe treatment.
  • Packaging including cardboard, paper, film wrap, expanded polystyrene and wooden pallets are all recycled by either re-use or re-processing with materials made into new types of products.

What are the benefits to your organisation?

Recycling can be carried out in a sustainable way, minimising environmental impact by reclaiming materials and parts, which help reduce costs to customers and guarantee compliance with legislation. RDC leads the market in this important area, all of our processes are carefully tracked and audited, recycling output is fully reported protecting customers duty of care obligations.

The advantages to your business

  • Legal compliance: landfill or incineration of waste computers is banned as they contain known hazardous materials - the WEEE & Hazardous Waste regulations apply - plus a whole mountain of other regulations that RDC monitors on behalf of customers.
  • Environmental benefits: reuse saves energy and materials used in the manufacture of computers up to 75% of materials according to a UN University study.*
  • Reclaim materials: use of recyclate saves using costly scarce resources.
  • Commercial benefits: recycled parts and materials can be sold to lower recycling costs to RDC and our customers.
  • Data protection: release of confidential data can incur fines of up to half a million pounds plus cost far more to remedy any such breach.
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