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NRAs 2015 WEEE Innovation: Finalists

BPR Group Secure Paper

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Secure Paper, BPR (above)

Secure Paper is the confidential data and security shredding division of BPR Group Europe. In 2013, Secure Paper applied for a WRAP reuse grant to fund 50% of the costs for the creation of a purpose-built IT asset disposal facility. Collections of redundant IT equipment are made via trucks which are tracked for every metre of their journey. Materials are then processed at a facility in Essex, providing a paper trail for all of customers’ data destruction, electronics recycling and hard drive shredding. Items that are beyond repair are disassembled, and their parts are recycled through precious metal recycling. Before the WRAP funding, Secure Paper collected 58 tonnes of WEEE annually. In 2014, the second year of the project, this increased to 116 tonnes of WEEE.

Amey, Peterborough contract (below)

Peterborough City Council WEEE facility

Peterborough City Council’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) facility, operated by Amey, aims to prevent environmental hazards arising if electrical material is incorrectly disposed of. The main aim of the facility is not recycling but reuse; damaged white goods and smaller electrical items are donated by commercial companies and householders and are then repaired by the team. Refurbished items are sold at much cheaper than shop prices to local community groups, charities and low-income families. All monies received is kept by WEEE Re-use to either improve the service provided or, over time, reduce the cost of appliances.


IT recycler SCC offers recycling, data erasure, refurbishment, remarketing and secure hard drive destruction located on one campus. The company’s waste management and recycling figures for 2013-14 represent year-onyear improvement, and have enabled its customers to minimise waste and save on capital expenditure through on-selling of materials and refurbishing IT. During the past year, it has redeployed 103,906 units of redundant technology, creating a revenue stream for customers.

GreensafeIT (below)


Recycler GreensafeIT created a solution for mobile asset disposal, which it called the Mobile Asset Sanitisation Centre (MASC). It enables the company to provide secure shredding, data erasure, degaussing and full asset management services from within the vehicle at customers’ sites. The MASC has two on-board generators to operate in remote locations and does not need power or support from customers. The centre is divided into three secure compartments that control the declassification process of redundant IT assets. A viewing area within the vehicle allows customers to watch the actual services taking place, and they are given destruction, data erasure and asset management reporting on-site as soon as the job has been completed.

Airedale Computer Recycling

Airedale is a social enterprise that uses WEEE as a vehicle for retraining long-term unemployed people to get them back into work. Its team of volunteers dismantles and recycles old electronics that may have ended up in landfill, and supplies computers free of charge to charitable good causes. It provides work experience placements for local schools, and has one of the best apprenticeship programmes in Yorkshire. Surplus profits are given back to the community through a registered charity. 

Tier 1 Asset Management (below)

Tier 1 is an independent secure IT disposal specialist. When asked to undertake a 120,000 asset disposal project where reuse was not possible, the company had to create a cost-neutral recycling solution that also provided the accepted norms of data security, accurate reporting, legal compliance and environmental consideration. In partnership with HMP Forest Bank, it set up computer recycle workshops which provide 40 hours’ of work a week, together with education and training, and the ability for offenders to achieve an NVQ qualification. The past 12 months have seen 470 tonnes of IT equipment processed. On top of 12 jobs already created, in the next 12 months it anticipates providing full-time work and apprenticeships to 25 former offenders.

Tier 1 Asset Management

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