WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme, is to partner with global provider of IT asset disposal Wisetek, in a move that will increase the nationwide collection of waste and retired IT equipment.

The agreement brings together two main players in the recycling of waste electronic equipment, data sanitization and the management of retired IT equipment.

The collaboration aims to 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.

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 partnership comes ahead of next year’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The new rules around data protection, which come with potential fines of up to €20m or 4pc of a company’s global turnover, are due to take effect on May 25.

“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,” Elizabeth O’Reilly of WEEE Ireland said.

Ms O’Reilly went on to say that WEEE was “delighted” to partner with Wisetek to bring additional capabilities to WEEE’s recycling offering, “ensuring that Irish consumers and businesses keep their old technology out of landfill and their data out of the wrong hands.”

WEEE Ireland has been operational since 2005 and operates under the approval of the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Source: Irish Independent