Disposal of all waste electronic and electrical equipment
Updated on 27 May 2021
Final disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - covering servers, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, smart phones, peripherals and copying equipment.
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) - covering servers, computers, monitors, laptops, tablets, smart phones, peripherals and copying equipment.
The University and its employees are required to comply with the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive(WEEE) to ensure that final disposal of all waste electronic and electrical equipment is responsible and traceable.
In order to meet this requirement, it is the responsibility of all schools and units to follow University policy when disposing of such items.
- IT equipment must be disposed of via a University approved disposal contractor, who will physically destroy all storage media and recycle everything else.
- Every computer or device comes to the end of its life at the University and is disposed of. There may be liabilities associated with the subsequent use of the equipment, and such systems may store information that is confidential; thus care has to be taken over their disposal.
- When disposing of IT equipment, where information and data are stored. In particular, if any personal or other confidential data may be present, then special care must be taken to ensure that this information is removed such that it cannot be accessed by anyone.
There have been high profile cases where this care has not been adequately exercised; the Data Protection Act 1998 requires us to take these issues very seriously. It is also necessary to ensure any software licensed to the University is removed.
If you have such equipment please return it to the Computing Centre, Park Place (opposite Dental Hospital DD1 4HR).
All other equipment is removed under the Scottish Government Framework contracted supplier who provide:
- Collection of equipment from site
- Transportation to an authorized sorting and waste facility
- Management and control of the whole logistic and recycling chain
- secure certified destruction of disks - this is to secure licensing obligations and the security of any business value data that may be stored locally