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NRAs 2015 Corporate Recycler: Stone Computers

Stone Computers, an IT equipment manufacturer and service provider, has implemented a range of initiatives to reduce waste produced in its business.

But its desire to go beyond minimal responsibilities makes it stand out.

In response to its producer obligations on waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), it created an in-house WEEE recycling facility, which has Approved Authorised Treatment Facility status. The facility provides both an effective service for customers wanting to return redundant IT equipment purchased from Stone and a highly successful business that can take all sources of redundant IT equipment – meaning that Stone recovers far more WEEE that its legal obligations.

During 2014, the recycling facility had its most successful year to date, receiving more than 196,000 redundant pieces of IT equipment. This was an increase of 46% on the previous year and three times the total weight of Stone products placed on to the market in the same period.

The facility aims to maximise the reuse of redundant equipment, utilising its manufacturing experience and the expertise of its staff to test, fault diagnose, clean and repair non-working equipment.

“We were impressed by the breadth of the company’s philosophy and contribution to a difficult waste stream, including corporate and social responsibility. The company was investing, performing and delivering very impressive environmental and customer outcomes.”

Judges’ comment                      

It has developed a range of outlets so that it can place assets back into reuse. These include a website for refurbished equipment, Encore, which sells to UK private and commercial customers; client web portals through which staff and students can buy refurbished company assets; Amazon and eBay sales, which makes use of working accessories; being a premier supplier to Government-backed social connection schemes Get On Line and Go Online; donations to charities; and repair and refurbishment partners that utilise product components.

Stone Computers

Of the WEEE weight received in 2014, the facility reused 85%.The remainder is processed in-house for materials recovery, involving both manual and mechanical retrieval of constituent materials/components.

The business ensures efficiencies and reduced carbon emissions through measures such as backhauling, vehicle replacement and route planning. Own-brand products are in 100% recycled content cartons and packaging is collected from clients for reuse or recycling, with incentives for bulk packaged deliveries which use less packaging.

Stone’s PC products are constantly under development to increase their environmental credentials, through materials weight reduction, use of more recyclable materials and increased energy efficiency. 

 

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