WEEE Ireland, Wisetek Partner in partnership to grow collection of waste and retired IT equipment

WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme today announced a new partnership with Wisetek that is set to significantly augment the nationwide collection of waste and retired IT equipment.
The innovative partnership brings together leading players in the recycling of waste electronic equipment, data sanitization and the management of retired IT equipment. It will ensure that the security of all data on redundant IT equipment is prioritised when waste electronic equipment is disposed of in compliance with the environmental requirements of the WEEE Directive.
Details of the partnership were outlined today by Leo Donovan, CEO at WEEE Ireland and Sean Sheehan of Wisetek, at the DataCentres Ireland Exhibition and Conference at the RDS, Dublin. The pair were joined by Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, who delivered the keynote address to the conference.
Wisetek’s take back of used technology and the secure sanitisation of the data held within it will operate as an additional service to business and other end users who require additional steps in their data management chain before they can release old and broken technology for recycling. The Wisetek collaboration is the latest in a line of partnership arrangements that enable WEEE Ireland to help Irish consumers and businesses fulfil their obligations under the scope of the WEEE directive. Wisetek have also achieved a significant milestone in recycling terms in 2017 – WEEELABEX certification for their recycling processes. This standard is a mandatory requirement in Ireland and KMK Metals Recycling in Tullamore were the pioneers in attaining this standard in 2014 followed by Irish Lamp Recycling in Athy, the Recycling Village in Duleek and now Wistek in Cork. Through the rigorous WEEELABEX audit process these SME recycling facilities are all certified to the highest technical standard for management of this waste stream ensuring quality recycling and recovery of the resources WEEE contains.
Speaking of the Wisetek partnership at the RDS, Leo Donovan of WEEE Ireland said, “Here in WEEE Ireland, we are proud to manage sector specific solutions across different aspects of WEEE waste management. More often than not, electronic and technological waste are one and the same. In light of the upcoming GDPR framework coming into force, it has never been more important that there are services in place to manage the recycling and repurposing of waste and retired IT equipment in a secure manner. We’re delighted to partner with Wisetek as the newest WEEELABEX certified facility in Ireland to bring additional capabilities to our recycling offering, ensuring that Irish consumers and businesses keep their old technology out of landfill and their data out of the wrong hands.”
The partnership is timely, as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25th May 2018, with organisations involved in data processing of any kind needing to be aware of the obligations imposed on them by the new regulatory regime. All organisations whose core business involves processing data, from SMEs to financial services to hospitals, will be affected by the legislation, and must ensure that any waste electronic
equipment is recycled in a manner compliant with the regulation.