Sustainability & Legislation:

IT Sustainability

Operating a business in a sustainable manner is incredibly important within modern society. Sustainable development is focused on meeting the requirements of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

The responsible lifecycle management of IT resources forms an integral part of sustainability and a business's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy. All companies, large or small should be aware of the demands of being sustainable and adhere to a CSR policy to promote the use of efficient IT infrastructure whilst being conscious of promoting the reuse and/or responsible disposal of redundant IT equipment.

Every business must be aware of its impact on the environment and correctly disposing of redundant IT assets is a major step towards reducing this. The production of new IT equipment creates a substantial amount of carbon emissions and uses significant quantities of raw materials. By responsibly recycling your equipment with an emphasis on reuse you are actively reducing this production impact, which can truly benefit the environment.

Future Generation Disposals is committed to sustainable and ethical business practices. We have the expertise to ensure the majority of redundant IT equipment continues to have a useful life. The equipment is refurbished for the second user market or broken down in to component parts for reuse within the maintenance market. Any surplus materials, such as glass, plastics or hazardous waste are sent to our authorised refining partners to be processed for use in other product areas.

By working with Future Generation Disposals you know that:

  • All processes are compliant with current legislation
  • You are using an Environment Agency approved supplier
  • You receive a full audit trail with itemised reporting
  • You are adhering to the terms of your CSR Policy

Environmental Legislation

Future Generation Disposals takes environmental legislation extremely seriously. It is our responsibility to ensure that clients working with us comply with all legislation relating to responsible IT disposal and that we offer advice and direction when needed. Our business practices and operation has been approved by the Environment Agency. We are holders of a waste carriers license specific to the transportation of WEEE and our processing facility has the correct waste exemptions in place to allow our business to refurbish and recycle redundant IT and electrical equipment. Below are some key areas of environmental legislation to be aware of when considering the correct disposal of IT equipment:

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive (WEEE Directive) is the European Community directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which became European Law in February 2003. The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006 enforced this within the UK in January 2007. The Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage individuals and business to reuse, recycle and recover it.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive (WEEE Directive) is fast becoming recognised within the IT industry as something to abide by. The WEEE directive has altered the way businesses approach their electrical waste. Far more stringent levels of reporting are now required by the Environment Agency, which has forced all businesses within Europe to take responsibility for their IT and electrical waste.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 is a UK act of parliament which relates to controlled waste and is the successor to the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

The Environmental Protection Act tackles all issues relating to waste on land, defining all aspects of waste management and places a responsibility on local authorities to collect and process waste. Businesses have a duty to ensure that any waste produced by their company is processed safely and in line with current legislation. This is considered a 'duty of care' and it applies to any individual or business that produces, transports, stores, imports, treats or disposes of controlled waste from a business or industry.

The Duty of Care Regulations 1991 places a responsibility to these individuals and businesses. This relates to all types of waste, including IT waste. Businesses need to ensure that all waste materials are packed and stored appropriately to prevent any pollutants releasing into the environment. They also need to ensure that a waste transfer note is produced which provides a written description enabling the recipient to process and dispose of the waste in an appropriate and responsible way.

Landfill Regulations 2002

The Landfill (England & Wales) Regulations 2002 was implemented on June 15th 2002. These particular regulations implement the Landfill Directive. This aims to prevent, or to reduce as far as possible the negative impact of landfill.

The regulations are also designed to prevent the cross contamination of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes within the same landfill site. The result of this is that the quantity of landfill sites accepting hazardous waste has greatly reduced.

Future Generation Disposals appreciates the importance of this regulation. We therefore operate a zero landfill policy and ensure that our clients and partners are processing their IT waste correctly by using our IT disposal services. Our operation is based on the practice of reusing IT equipment rather than disposing of it, which helps us comply with the Landfill Regulations 2002, The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the WEEE Directive.

Environmental Policy

The Directors of FG Disposals Ltd are committed to minimising the environmental impact of the company's secure IT disposal operations. This shall include operations within our warehouse as well as outside our warehouse.

To accomplish this the company will:

  • Continuously improve and develop its environmental performance and to implement best environmental practices wherever cost effective to do so.
  • Reduce its consumption of non-renewable resources wherever possible.
  • Manage, and where practicable, reduce the waste generated by virtue of its business operation.
  • Optimise vehicle operations (collections and deliveries), so as to minimise the use of fossil fuel consumption.
  • Constantly consider and assess the environmental impact and energy performance associated with decommissioning IT equipment from client sites.
  • Prevent any pollution by virtue of the company's activities.
  • Comply with all relevant environmental legislation.

Where achievable objectives and targets will be set, to ensure that improvements can be measured so as to evidence continuing environmental improvement.

These commitments are facilitated by operating an Environmental Management System that meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and which is subject to periodic review.

This policy is communicated to all personnel working for or on behalf of FG Disposals and is made publicly available for the benefit of all stakeholders.