UPS and Battery Disposal Service
A Complete, Safe and Environmentally Friendly UPS Removal & UPS Battery Disposal / Recycling Service for Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Safe delivery and relocation of your UPS nationwide for any UPS brand
UPS battery recycling and disposal according to WEEE legislation
UPS Battery Removal & Disposal Service
UPS Power Services provides a number of services related to the removal, disposal and recycling of uninterruptible power supplies and consumables such as sealed lead-acid batteries. As a company, we can provide a cost-saving unified approach to the removal and disposal of electrically-related waste and transport it as a licensed waste carrier (by the UK Environment Agency) to our workshops for strip-down into separate waste streams or to approved WEEE recycling centres or specialist disposal companies in the case of batteries.
UPS Battery Recycling
Uninterruptible power supplies are generally stripped down in our workshop once collected. Metals and plastics are recycled, including electrical cabling, capacitors and fans. PCBs and components are disposed of by specialist recycling companies according to national guidelines covering WEEE and RoHS.
Batteries (sealed lead acid SLA/Valve Regulated Lead Acid VRLA) are the major consumable item within an uninterruptible power supply or DC standby power system. Most batteries have either a 5 or 10-year design life and typically require replacement (and disposal) within years 4 and 7 respectively.
During the life of a UPS system one to two battery changes are common and most occur as part of preventative maintenance routines. Once removed from site, the batteries are sent to specialist battery companies who can strip down the batteries into their separate components of plastic cases, metal plates and acidic electrolyte, for recycling.
Recycling Under WEEE Regulations 2013
The recycling of UPS batteries is highly regulated under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE) directive. Recycling of WEEE is a specialist part of the waste and recycling industry and the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 (“the Regulations ”) became law in the UK on the 1st of January 2014. Fortunately, data centre owners are not required to be familiar with the large volume of regulations involved. By partnering with a reputable UPS supplier or battery manufacturer, most battery owners can safely dispose of their spent batteries free of charge.
UPS Relocation and Decommission
Our team of on call electrical UPS engineers and electricians can deliver, position and electrically install and commission the UPS or relocate to a new site if required with our relocation service. A complete electrical decommissioning and battery dismantle service is also available form our certified electrical contracting team.
As for any major project, careful planning, site power surveys and overall management will ensure that Health & Safety on-site are not compromised and that systems are removed without disruption to critical loads.
We also apply these same services to equipment relocations, including the hire of specialist crane and lifting services where required.
Once relocated, our commissioning team can then make reconnections and safely power-up the system.
UPS Battery Hazards
In almost all cases, a battery reaches end-of-life without incident. Such a battery is considered “intact”. Intact UPS batteries are no more dangerous than other data centre equipment when handled correctly.
However, an intact spent battery is still considered hazardous waste and must be treated as such according to national regulations.
Occasionally, a battery experiences stresses that can cause the case to swell, crack, or lose a cap. UPS Batteries in this condition are considered “damaged”. These damaged batteries are subject to more stringent regulations than are “intact” batteries. Damaged UPS batteries pose the risk of hazardous material release. Data centre professionals and other consumers with damaged batteries should consult an expert immediately for instructions on proper transportation and disposal. Regardless of quantity, all battery owners have to ensure environmentally safe disposal of their batteries.
Do You Need Help?
Please get In touch to discuss anything UPS or battery related. Our Battery Experts can help guide you through any battery replacement, design, disposal or installation query you my have.
We have battery stock available for urgent deliveries and engineers on standby at short notice for battery installations and decommissioning and replacements.
Please call us on 0800 112 3654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org