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New life for old IT kit

This year’s National Recycling Award for Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycler of the Year went to SCC. Andrea Lockerbie finds out why

SCC impressed the judges with its determined effort to focus on the scale and impact of its operations and the opportunities its model offered for replication and expansion.

Its carbon neutral Neo Park recycling centre in Birmingham allows it to recover redundant IT equipment to its full potential through either refurbishing it, remarketing or correctly disposing of it, in accordance with the WEEE Directive. The company has a zero waste to landfill policy and strives to remarket 80% of the kit it processes so that it can be reused, and recycle 20%.

Refurbishment also allows it to extend the life of older assets and put them back in use at an organisation, which can save operations 90% on capital technology expenditure. Refurbishment also acts as preventative maintenance, helping to reduce subsequent support calls and associated costs for businesses as well maximising their IT infrastructure. If IT equipment cannot be reused within an organisation, SCC will establish whether it has a resale value and if so, will help to realise its value on behalf of the customer. This ensures equipment is kept in use for longer, saves companies money and also supports Corporate Social Responsibility programmes.

John Wilcock, sales director, SCC

“It’s huge for us as an organisation. We have invested over £5 million in our facility and it is a great honour to have such an award. The whole organisation will be very pleased with it.”

If IT equipment cannot be reused, its state-of-the-art shredding and separation technology allows it to safely destroy redundant IT equipment, while optimising the recycling and recovery of its original raw materials.

It has a full portfolio of on and off-site data erasure and destruction solutions that provide a visual and certificated auditing process which supports its secure IT remarketing, reuse or recycling. This ensures the secure remarketing, reuse or recycling of redundant IT. It works with Blancco’s Infosec 5 HMG approved software to securely remove all personal and/or confidential data and also has on-site data destruction equipment, able to produce 6, 3 or 1mm particles and on-site degaussing using CESG-approved degaussers.

During 2011-2012 SCC remarketed 1,824 tonnes of end of life IT, ensuring equipment was reused and saving its customers on capital expenditure on new kit. It also recycled 2,019 tonnes of IT and refurbished 376 tonnes of IT so it could be redeployed back into businesses.

To help its customers recover their redundant IT, it provides a range of innovative secure disposal boxes. These have helped to meet requirements for data security as well as being convenient and easy to use.


Category Finalists:

  • Absolute Recycling
  • Enterprise Peterborough
  • Innov8 Disposal
  • Recolight
  • Surrey Health Borough Council
  • SWEEEP Kuusakoski

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