EU Reveals New Recycling Targets

In a move to protect the environment and to stimulate the environmental economy, the EU is planning on setting new recycling targets. Yesterday the EU announced that there will be a rise by 2030 to 70% for municipal waste and to 80% of packaging by weight to be recycled.

The UK’s Environmental Services Association (ESA) has welcomed the ambitious targets set out by the European Commission to promote a circular economy, but said it will require “considerable investment”.eu flag

However, leading UK and international IT asset disposal specialist RDC already currently exceed both these recycling targets.

For IT waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and related packaging, RDC recycles and recovers 100% of waste with zero disposed of to landfill. This feat was recognised back in 2010 with the Award for Environmental Excellence for Recycling Performance from the Chartered Institution of Waste Management. In 2009, the Queens Award Office described RDC as setting an “..exemplar benchmark” for commercial organisations when awarding RDC the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.

It is great to see the EU want to encourage others to follow RDC’s lead on recycling.

For more information on this subject see the EU press release at:

For more information on how RDC can help your organisation reuse and recycle IT equipment, contact RDC at or 01376 336400.

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Jail for Illegal WEEE

For the first time ever a custodial sentence has been awarded for the illegal export of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment). Joe Benson of Loughton, Essex was sentenced on June 20th 2014 to 16 months’ imprisonment for the illegal export of 46 tonnes of hazardous WEEE to West Africa during 2012 and 2013.

cuffsIt is legal to export used electronics where there is a legitimate reuse market. It is illegal to send unusable electronic waste to developing countries. This is due to the risk that the waste will be dumped or processed by means that pollute the environment and put human and animal health at risk. Improperly processed WEEE can release dangerous pollutants into the environment such as lead, phosphors, ozone depleting gases, mutagenic and cancerous agents.

Upon passing sentence, Judge Stephen Dawson said:

“In my view this is a serious offence that you have committed before. The public and the world need protecting from this sort of offence.”

Harvey Bradshaw, the Head of Regulated Industry at the Environment Agency said:

“This sentence is a landmark ruling because it’s the first time anyone has been sent to prison for illegal waste exports as a result of our investigations.”


“We take a zero tolerance approach to those commit waste crime, and cracking down on illegal waste exports will continue to be a priority for the Environment Agency. We urge anyone in the waste industry to help us protect their legitimate business and report any suspicious activity to Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Andrew Higham, Head of the National Crime Team at the Environment Agency said:

“These are not victimless crimes. The rules governing the exportation of waste electrical equipment are in place for good reason, to protect human life and the environment. It is illegal to send hazardous waste to these countries. Mr Benson has seen fit to flout the rules for his own personal benefit.”

In this case the WEEE appeared to be bound for legal export, but upon investigation by Environment Agency officials and independent testers, was found to be illegal. The WEEE had originated from legally regulated and licensed civic amenity sites in the London area, and had passed through a legally regulated, licensed waste site operated by Mr Benson in Walthamstow, London. The case underlines the need to check that regulations are being adhered to even when waste is passing through licensed premises.

For more information on this story go to:

For more information on how your organisation can avoid contributing to illegal WEEE disposal, contact RDC at or 01376 336400.

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World Corporate Games 2014

RDC are sending our best ever team to attend the World Corporate Games in Liverpool, UK. The Corporate Games is the world’s largest multi-sport festival for businesses and organisations. For more information, visit

This year 16 of the 6,000 attending athletes will be RDC employees. This is the 14th consecutive year that RDC have sent a team to the Corporate Games, but only the first time that we have entered the World Corporate Games specifically, which this year are being hosted in Liverpool and replace the UK Corporate Games.  There will be teams not only from businesses from the UK, but also from companies from across the globe. The format is identical to the World Cup, with qualifying rounds on Saturday followed by knock-out stages on Sunday.

RDC’s six-a-side team finished 4th in last year’s Corporate Games and are hoping to improve on this result.  Last year’s midfield maestro, Phil King, who was also crowned RDC Player of the Tournament, will once again take to the field this year to demonstrate his aptitude and goal-scoring prowess.

We are hoping for great results this weekend in the five-a-side and six-a-side football.  Good luck team RDC!


Last years team!



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Heat your home with recycled fizzy drinks cans

Zero running cost 100% green energy producing instant heat? Isn’t this what we’d all like? It doesn’t matter what side of the debate you’re on this is one solution for two problems and the compensation is a lifetime of free heating for you, your children and grandchildren. Energy companies do not like this at all!

Instant free heat

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RDC is hiring!

Due to continued growth RDC, the UK’s largest IT Disposal company is looking for a number of people to fill exciting roles throughout the business. Current roles being sought include:

  • Business Development Manager
  • International Service Co-ordinator
  • Social Media Executive
  • Service Administrator Logistics Support
  • Technician
  • Service Co-ordinator (Fixed term)
  • Service Administrator

If any of these interest you please visit our recruitment pages at

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WEEE Directive Recast

identity theftThe EU WEEE Directive has been reviewed or in EU speak “recast”. In the UK, the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) have just concluded a consultation on their proposals to transpose the Recast WEEE Directive into UK laws. The BIS proposals contains several changes that will be of interest to computer users: –

1. Local Authorities free to arrange recycling – BIS are proposing WEEE collected at civic amenity sites or WEEE Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) can be processed to generate recycling funds for local authorities. Whereas this is attractive for LA’s, there is a concern as data bearing equipment may be sold with no restrictions.

The BBC has already exposed dangers of councils selling WEEE to unscrupulous dealers who then sell onto countries where data bearing hard drives are identified and sold at premium prices to assist possible identity theft and fraud.

2. Track B2B not just B2C – The original WEEE Directive focused on tracking private household WEEE; the recast identifies the need to track all WEEE, including business-to-business (B2B) WEEE. This will create a new administrative obligation for many businesses but RDC already does this via our purpose designed asset tracking database.

3. Increased recycling rates – Currently IT WEEE is targeted to achieve 65% by weight recycling with a further 10% reuse or energy to waste recovery making a total 75% removal from the waste stream target. Under the WEEE Recast this is set to increase to 85% by weight. Whereas some organisations may struggle to achieve this, RDC already report 100% reuse, recycling and recovery with zero disposals to landfill.

4. Standard for testing of items for re-use Concerns about continued illegal export of WEEE disguised as being “for re-use” has led to Article 6 of the recast WEEE Directive calling for a European standard to cover the testing of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEEE & WEEE) to verify items are for re-use or recycling.

RDC are already operating to such a standard – the UK specification PAS 141:2011 is a world first in setting requirements for processes preparing UEEE & WEEE for re-use. RDC are in the process of being certified to PAS 141 and expect certification by end July 2013, enabling equipment for re-use to bear the PAS 141 mark to reassure users in the UK and environment agencies looking at equipment for export that it has been tested for safety and functionality. RDC’s Gary Griffiths led the BIS & BSI working groups that developed PAS 141.

Further Reading

Cost of UK data breaches rises to £2 million per incident, study finds

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NHS Surrey fined £200,000 after losing patients’ records

NHS Surrey fined £200,000 after losing patients' recordsNHS Surrey has been fined £200,000 by data regulators over the loss of sensitive information of more than 3,000 patients.

Thousands of children’s patient records were found on a second-hand NHS computer that was auctioned on eBay reports the BBC.

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Hazardous Waste – The A to Z of How to Reuse, Reduce or Recycle Anything

Hazardous WasteWhat is hazardous waste? The environment agency state wastes will fall into one of three categories, those that are:

  • Always hazardousfor example, lead acid batteries or fluorescent tubes.
  • Never hazardousfor example edible oil
  • May, or may not, be hazardous and need to be assessedfor example, ink or paint

Their website ( is focused on trade and regulations, however the following table maybe useful to determine if your waste should be treated as hazardous.

H1“Explosive”: substances and preparations which may explode under the effect of flame or which are more sensitive to shocks or friction than dinitrobenzene.
H2“Oxidizing”: substances and preparations which exhibit highly exothermic reactions when in contact with other substances, particularly flammable substances.
H3A“Highly flammable” - liquid substances and preparations having a flash point below 21°C (including extremely flammable liquids), or - substances and preparations which may become hot and finally catch fire in contact with air at ambient temperature without any application of energy, or - solid substances and preparations which may readily catch fire after brief contact with a source of ignition and which continue to burn or be consumed after removal of the source of ignition, or - gaseous substances and preparations which are flammable in air at normal pressure, or - substances and preparations which, in contact with water or damp air, evolve highly flammable gases in dangerous quantities.
H3B“Flammable”: liquid substances and preparations having a flash point equal to or greater than 21°C and less than or equal to 55°C.
H4“Irritant”: non-corrosive substances and preparations which, through immediate, prolonged or repeated contact with the skin or mucous membrane, can cause inflammation.
H5“Harmful”: substances and preparations which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may involve limited health risks.
H6“Toxic”: substances and preparations (including very toxic substances and preparations) which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may involve serious, acute or chronic health risks and even death.
H7“Carcinogenic”: substances and preparations which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may induce cancer or increase its incidence.
H8“Corrosive”: substances and preparations which may destroy living tissue on contact.
H9“Infectious”: substances and preparations containing viable micro-organisms or their toxins which are known or reliably believed to cause disease in man or other living organisms.
H10“Toxic for reproduction”: substances and preparations which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may induce non-hereditary congenital malformations or increase their incidence.
H11“Mutagenic”: substances and preparations which, if they are inhaled or ingested or if they penetrate the skin, may induce hereditary genetic defects or increase their incidence.
H12Waste which releases toxic or very toxic gases in contact with water, air or an acid.
H13“Sensitizing”: substances and preparations which, if they are inhaled or if they penetrate the skin, are capable of eliciting a reaction of hypersensitization such that on further exposure to the substance or preparation, characteristic adverse effects are produced. [As far as testing methods are available].
H14“Ecotoxic”: waste which presents or may present immediate or delayed risks for one or more sectors of the environment.
H15Waste capable by any means, after disposal, of yielding another substance, e.g. a leachate, which possesses any of the characteristics above.

If your waste falls within this list contact your local authority for details on how it should be handled. Click here to identify the appropriate authority.

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Grass, Greaseproof Paper, Growbags, Jiffy Bags and Jigsaw Puzzles – The A to Z of How to Reuse, Reduce or Recycle Anything

compost heapTear and scrunch greaseproof paper and mix it with other paper. Same with grass, scrunched paper, card, wood-chip all help to aerate and accelerate the composting process.

If the Jiffy Bag is damaged beyond reuse remove any plastic and the rest can be recycled.

Old puzzles were often made from card and can be composted however if it is still complete consider donating to a school or local playgroup.

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New Corporate Video Featuring the 22 Acre Premises Dedicated to IT Disposal

EDC Asset Recovery ServicesRDC have released the following new video describing the services offered from their Braintee, Essex premises.

RDC, the world’s largest waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), IT Disposal and refurbishment centre, provide an interesting glimpse of the inner workings of the company and take you on a whistle-stop tour of the warehouses and production areas. See the toughest security, safety and operational standards in action to protect data and the environment and find out how Reuse, Reduce and Recycle are employed in the processing of IT Equipment.

Mr Gerry Hackett, RDC’s Managing Director, explains how RDC ensures customers comply with all legal and regulatory obligations when managing used equipment. Watch case studies from the Environment Agency, BT and Microsoft as they talk about the benefits of choosing RDC and how they have saved money and improved their recycling process.

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