Electrical & electronic equipment

Disposal of electrical & electronic equipment such as IT, audio-visual, white goods or laboratory instrumentation is regulated by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment must not be put into the normal waste stream.

The Regulations require certain end-users of WEEE to be responsible for the recovery and recycling of this equipment when it becomes waste. This has implications for the way University management units dispose of electrical and electronic waste. The WEEE regulations also raise issues concerning contract negotiations for the supply of new electrical and electronic equipment and who takes responsibility for financing the recovery and recycling when the equipment becomes waste. Further information on the legislation and it’s relevance to the University is available in the EAUC Insight Guide in the quick links section.

University management units must dispose of the following directly through the University approved supplier:

  • high value items
  • bulky or heavy items
  • IT or AV equipment (including monitors and TVs)
  • refrigeration equipment

Single, small items can be disposed thought Estates & Buildings by using their on-line works request system. See https://ebweb.cent.gla.ac.uk/helpdesk.

It is essential that all equipment is properly decommissioned and decontaminated prior to disposal. This is of particular relevance to refrigerated equipment. A 'Refrigerated Equipment Decontamination Checklist' should be completed when preparing for a disposal. This should be retained with disposal records. In addition an 'Equipment Safe for Disposal' notice should be attached to any refrigerated equipment that is to be disposed. The disposal contractor will decline to uplift any refrigerated equipment that does not carry this notice. The checklist and notice are available in the Quick Links section of this page.


Some types of electrical and electronic equipment contain materials that are hazardous and are classified as Special Waste. This type of waste is subject to additional legislative controls. The most common examples of this in the University are computer monitors, televisions and refrigeration equipment. When arranging for the disposal of a batch of WEEE that contains any of these items you must ensure that the supplier is aware that these items will form part of the consignment to be disposed. Failure to do so will result in the supplier refusing to uplift these items as part of that collection.

Further information on Special Waste is available on SEPS web site.