Until fairly recently, a lot of old technical and IT equipment was taken to the local tip and sent to landfill. But, behold – there is now a far more efficient way to do it that is not only kinder to the environment, but could even save or raise money too.
By trusting us to dispose of your unwanted equipment and e-waste, we can not only dispose of it in an eco-friendly manner, but in many cases we can either sell on or recycle your equipment to a new home. Best of all, we can destroy any and all data the equipment may hold, so that you have no worries about sensitive records or any issues with compliance.
Fewer items sent to landfill
It is the way of the world and society nowadays that everyone wants the newest, most up-to-date gadgets when they come onto the market, discarding their old tablet, mobile phone or computer without a second thought for the latest models.
Approximately 40 million tonnes of e-waste is produced each year. Previously, a large percentage of this was sent to landfill or burned in incinerators, which created harmful toxins that just dissipated into the air and contaminated water sources.
However, developments in electronic and IT asset management services has meant that this figure is gradually being reduced, as attempts are made to recycle old equipment rather than dispose of it completely.
Repair, reuse, recycle
It may be that when we have collected your items we will need to repair them before they can be used by anyone else. But, in many instances, we will be able to provide a free survey onsite which will allow us to recommend the best course of action for the items you wish to dispose of.
If we think we will be able to sell them – mainly relevant to equipment which still has a high residual value – then we will let you know our intentions and offer you a share of the profits.
Other items may be able to be used by schools or community groups that don’t need the latest in technology, but still require some form of IT connectivity. Or, if necessary, we will strip the equipment down for parts to be reused and recycled into other pieces of equipment.
There are several options available to us, and to you, and we will always discuss these with you before you commit to any of our services.
Quick and easy
We offer an efficient process from start to finish for our WEEE services, and you can be assured of great customer service and communication throughout. Give us a call or drop us an email to discuss your requirements and we will send out a member of our experienced team to conduct a survey of your equipment.
If you are happy with our proposal, we can arrange a date and time to suit you for collection. This can even be within 24 hours if there is some urgency to dispose quickly. There is no need for you to round up the equipment – we can take it from wherever it happens to be – and ensure it is all done with the highest standards of safety. This means there is less downtime for you and your business and you can just carry on as normal, leaving us to do all the work.
Once we have taken your equipment, you are welcome to track the vehicles to enable you to see that we are taking it to where we have said we will, and disposing of it in the manner we specified, with full system logs every step of the way.
Data destruction or documentation
Often, you will have sensitive data stored on your hardware that is difficult to fully get rid of without specialist help. We are able to completely destroy this data, including shredding hard drives, so there is no way it can be leaked or shared, ensuring you are fully GDPR compliant at all times. We will even supply a certificate of data destruction, as proof for both you and your clients.
Alternatively, if there is data you want to keep, but haven’t been able to transfer it across to your new equipment yet, we can store it securely on our portal, which is accessible by you 24/7, at no extra cost.
Environmental and human impact
Lead is just one of a number of toxins that are present in e-waste and could be potentially damaging to the environment and to the population. Lead poisoning can infect the kidneys and central nervous system when the chemicals are breathed in. In addition, mercury and arsenic can be present, along with selenium and cadmium. And that’s before we get into the chemicals in the flame retardants that will likely have been used to protect the devices.
All these can and will have a negative impact on the environment and on the health of the people who work in the landfill sites – many of which could be in developing countries which don’t have the medical care required to be able to treat the effects.
Not only is using our electronic waste management services a simple solution to your equipment problem, but it can also save you time and money and reduce your carbon footprint, making it the responsible thing to do all round.
Contact us today to discuss your requirements, find out what your options are and book in for a free no-obligation site survey to see how our WEEE services can turn your waste into something much more worthwhile.