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ENVIRONMENT IT DISPOSAL  

0% LANDFILL - MEETING OUR COMMITMENTS

A lighter tread matters to all of us. We take our environmental and social responsibilities very seriously. We are a major IT recycling business and we need to be mindful of the impact we can make on our communities and on the environment. As such we always strive to meet our 0% landfill commitment, while working within our local communities – wherever they are around the world – to minimise our business impacts and improve life for everyone.

OUR IT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

It is one of our major business objectives to find effective routes for the re-use and recycling of electronic equipment and to identify and promote the use of these routes among our potential client base. Every year, and in addition to quarterly Environment Agency inspections, we invite an independent, external specialist to check and review our policies and systems, which helps us meet our objectives.

As a company we recognize that we create environmental impacts and it is our duty to keep them as light as possible. As part of our ISO 14001 accreditation, we commit to:

- regularly assess our impacts and set ourselves annual objectives and targets in order to continually improve our IT environmental performance.

- remain fully up-to-date with the IT environmental legislation, standards and codes of practice that apply to our activities, and audit how we match up to it.

- prevent pollution and minimise our impacts by controlling and reducing waste, monitoring and reducing our consumption of energy, and lowering our emissions through the equipment we use and how we maintain it.

- make sure all our staff are fully aware of the part they play in our IT environmental policy.

In addition, it is a strong part of this policy that we maintain a dialogue on environmental issues with all our staff, suppliers, contractors, clients and our local communities so that we are working in partnership to achieve our aims.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY

At Restore, we encourage our clients to donate funds instead of used IT kit to charities. Sadly, donating used equipment can be seen as simply transferring WEEE obligations on to the charity, handing the problem and associated costs on to them. So, for example, a recent payment of over £50,000 we facilitated to one of our clients’ designated charities, was of far more use to the organisation in question and went a long way to meeting the client in question’s annual charity commitment.

Throughout 2012 we ourselves continued to give funds and new equipment to our own preferred charities. We donated £83,000 worth of financial support to over five registered charities and supplied donations of computer equipment to schools, colleges and community centres in the UK, Tanzania, South Africa and the USA.

COMPLIANCE

Our 100% in-house and 15 years’ experience in recycling electrical waste, mean you can rest assured that you, and we, adhere to all the current legislation around the disposal of your business’ redundant IT assets, whether in the UK, Europe or elsewhere in the world. This legislation includes:

- Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive

Arsenic, bromine compounds, cadmium, lead and mercury are just some of the nasties found in mobile devices. As this sector is the fastest growing element in the waste stream, it forms a major part of the focus of the WEEE Directive. Targets are set at 65% recycling of hardware and some of their more dangerous elements must be pre-treated prior to disposal. Restore already re-uses or recycles over 98% of redundant IT equipment and accessories, and ensures the remainder does not end up in landfill by recovering the relevant materials. 

- Environmental Protection Act 1990

Wastes should always be consigned to registered carriers, properly stored and disposed of at appropriately licensed facilities. Directors, managers and other employees who deal with environmental waste matters can all be held liable under the law.

- Landfill Regulations Act 2002

0% landfill means we fulfil the purpose of this Act, intended to reduce the hazards of a growing reliance on landfill disposal.

- Restriction/Removal of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

Currently more aimed at manufacturers, this legislation tries to stop them using hazardous substances such as cadmium, lead and mercury, in the construction of their products.

Contact us to learn more about our environmental IT disposal and recycling services.

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