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What is Waste Hierarchy?

The “waste hierarchy” ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment.

It gives top priority to preventing waste in the first place. When waste is created, it gives priority to preparing it for re-use, then recycling, then recovery, and last of all disposal (e.g. landfill).

On every Waste Transfer Note / Hazardous Waste Consignment Note you now need to sign a declaration to confirm you have fulfilled your duty to apply the waste hierarchy as required by regulation 12 of the Waste Regulations 2011. Datatrade will take care of this process for you.

As an organisation disposing of WEEE, you need to take all such measures as are reasonable in the circumstances to apply the waste hierarchy to prevent waste, and to apply the hierarchy as a priority order when you transfer your waste to another person. In the majority of cases, WEEE disposed of still has much life left in it. It is best practice to get as much use as possible out of equipment before replacing it. datatrade will ensure that these processes are adhered to at all times.

What datatrade does

Everything that we collect is considered for re-use before anything else. We are confident to say that approximately 50% of everything we take in gets refurbished by ourselves. If it can be given to a new home and we can support it then it will be added to our Pre-Owned list. Anything that is deemed un-useable gets forwarded to Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) where it is broken down to the main components and recycled. E.G. A smashed up printer gets broken down to metal, plastic, cable, PCB etc.

Any materials that cannot be recycled after been broken down are usually useful for energy recovery (especially non-hazardous mixed plastic) At the end of this process there is next to nothing that goes to landfill and a full audit trail is available.

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