Disposal and Decommissioning Services

At Smiths Detection, we take a complete view of product life cycle. That means when it's time to dispose of your IMS trace detection, CBRN, or X-ray equipment, we will be on hand to discuss your new requirements and assist with the responsible decommissioning, deletion of sensitive data or disposal of equipment.

The importance of responsible disposal


Environmental Protection
Responsible disposal ensures that components such as batteries and other hazardous materials like lead and metals are handled with care and adhere to electronic recycling guidelines (WEEE compliance), preventing their release into the ecosystem.


Resource Conservation
Our disposal services aim to recover and repurpose valuable resources, promoting a sustainable approach to technology lifecycle management while reducing the demand for new raw materials.


Data Security
Our services include robust data management plans, ensuring that all sensitive information is securely removed from a system, preventing any kind of data breach.

Our complete disposal and decommissioning services

We understand the complex requirements of waste management and act in full compliance with local regulations relating to our products, including WEEE. Our disposal and decommissioning services provide a complete approach to ensure the security of your data and the environment:

Inventory Assessment
Thorough assessments are conducted to understand your equipment's condition, age, and any potential risks associated with its disposal.
Data Management
Our professionals are well-versed in data security protocols, where sensitive data is involved, we securely erase stored data, leaving no room for privacy breaches.
Hazardous Materials

Components containing hazardous materials are managed by our experienced team and partners trained in hazardous waste disposal, providing certification where needed. In full compliance with WEEE. Batteries, electronic parts, radiation sources and potentially hazardous chemicals are handled with the utmost care to prevent environmental harm.

Resource Recovery
We believe in resource optimization. Our disposal process includes extracting valuable components and materials that can be recycled or reused, reducing waste and contributing to a more sustainable future.
Regulatory Compliance
We adhere to local and international regulations for electronic waste (e waste) disposal. Our strict compliance ensures that your organization remains in good legal standing while safeguarding the environment.

Our step-by-step disposal guide

Initial consultation and assessment
Data management and disposal
Decommissioning and removal
Resource recovery, recycling, and disposal
Verification and documentation

Following your outreach to Smiths Detection, our expert team will work with you to determine an appropriate disposal plan, taking into consideration any residual value of the equipment, and discuss with equipment replacement opinions.

If the equipment stores any sensitive data, we work with you to develop a data management plan to securely transfer and/or destroy stored data on the equipment to prevent data breaches. 

Next we will develop a disposal plan in line with local and international electronic waste (e waste) disposal regulations, ensuring that all disposal activities adhere to legal requirements to prevent environmental and legal issues. 

Once we have agreed on the decommissioning and disposal plan, together and agreed on timing the following steps will be taken:

  • Decommissioning: Field service engineers power down the equipment and make it safe for transportation and if required for removal disassembled into manageable pieces. 
  • Data Handling: Remove relevant data bearing devices for secure erasure and or destruction. 
  • Hazardous Waste: Our team of experts skilled in hazardous waste management will safely remove and handle these materials found in your equipment, such as radiation sources, batteries or electronic parts. 
  • Removal: Equipment is removed from your site to a suitable location by Smiths Detection or our local partners.

1. Component Extraction: Engineers remove components that are determined to be salvageable for refurbishment and reuse to reduce waste and promote sustainability. 

2. Waste recycling and disposal: The equipment is broken down into the resources that can be recycled or repurposed and those that require appropriate disposal adhering to legal requirements. 

Once the decommissioning and disposal of your equipment is complete, if required, we can provide verification that the process has been completed according to plan, including documentation detailing the disposal process, data erasure, hazardous material disposal. 

Speak to an expert