As far as possible all equipment in the laboratories should be in operational use. We have a very limited store for apparatus which is not currently being used.
If you wish to dispose of a piece of non-working equipment please inform the Laboratory Management team who will arrange for its decontamination and removal. At present there is no disposal charge but this may change in the future. It would help to know when and where the equipment was purchased so that we can determine if the supplier is responsible for disposal
Do not put unwanted broken items under your bench as this reduces the useful space in your area. Also do not abandon them in a communal lab area as this may present a Health and Safety issue.
My equipment needs repairing?
If your instrument is not working notify a member of the Laboratory Management team who will arrange for a repair estimate to be sent to you.
IT Hardware Disposal
Computers, printers and IT equipment have a special disposal procedure details of which can be found via
The following guidelines are provided to ensure that redundant and/or obsolete IT and PC equipment are disposed of in the most efficient and cost-effective approach available. Please be advised that it is the responsibility of individual departments to ensure that IT equipment requiring disposal is notified to central or local ITS Teams so that IT may ensure that QMUL is protected from any future liability.
1. Practical efforts should be made to determine whether the PC can be redeployed to other users or Departments.
2. Dependent on the state of the equipment, it may be sold to staff or outside parties, or donated to worthwhile organisations or charities, provided that items are PAT tested and certificated, and fully data-wiped using agreed QMUL tools. In instances where the equipment is being sold or donated, please consult with the Finance Department. For further information, see see Purchasing's Web Page.
3. Equipment which cannot be utilized should be disposed of via central or local IT in accordance with health, safety and environmental regulations.
EC Directive On Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The WEEE Directive is aimed at reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill and increasing WEEE re-use and recycling. The WEEE Regulations entered into force on 2 January 2007. For further information, see the Environment Agency website.
WEEE Compliance Statements Issued by Suppliers Chosen Under the LUPC Agreement
The general statement is usually that, with effect from 1 July 2007, the supplier will:
• Recycle any brand of IT equipment purchased before 13 August 2005, on a like for like basis, when new equipment is being purchased from the supplier.
• Provide recycling for equipment purchased from the supplier after 13 August 2005.
The cost of collecting WEEE from the customers' site varies depending on when the equipment was purchased and whether it was provided by the supplier.
In conformance with the regulations of the Data Protection Act, sufficient care must be taken to make certain that all confidential data, restricted and sensitive information and licensed software are fully removed, before the PC is disposed of. Data which is improperly removed can be recovered using easily available tools. It should be noted that there is no method which can guarantee that data is totally removed and unrecoverable, apart from hard disk shredding.