Why you should avoid sending rubbish to landfill

Developments in regulation and legislation have brought environmental practices into sharp focus for business and service providers alike.

The process of moving an office or an organisation often involves the disposal of office furniture, IT and telecommunications equipment, as companies have to reconfigure space, expand or downsize. Previously landfill has been a common destination for unneeded computer equipment, but here are a few reasons why you should think twice before shipping your old computers off to landfill.

Environmental impact
Landfill increases the amount of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide.

Pollution
Metals from electronic components accumulate, creating dangerous levels of pollution and taking hundreds of years to degrade.

Toxic shocker
Incinerating waste can produce toxic substances such as dioxins and contribute towards acid rain.

Not a cheap option
In April 2012 landfill tax rose to £64 per tonne – an £8 increase over previous rates and the fifth consecutive year-on-year increase.

Does not comply
Landfill is not an option according to the Waste Hierarchy, a set of rules by which companies must comply when disposing of waste products.

Data lives on
Discarded computer systems can still have their data accessed even if they have been formatted, which has led to instances of identity theft.

Computer overload
Electronic waste is clogging up landfill – 12.5m used computers went to landfill in the last five years, generating 1.8m tonnes of waste.

Heavy metals
Dangerous heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead are sometimes released through the use of acid baths.

Legal requirements
The 1998 Data Protection Act requires businesses to take measures to protect personal data being compromised.

So, what’s the solution?
Pickfords Business Solutions has launched new services which can be integrated at the time of your office or business move. The service aims to help companies meet their environmental targets when faced with the disposal of office furniture and IT equipment and provides a cost effective alternative to landfill.

Pickfords’ Reuse and Recycle service ethically reuses and recycles appropriate assets wherever possible and places unwanted assets locally and does not ship abroad.

Pickfords’ commitment to environmental issues has been rewarded with an ISO14001 accreditation and is the first major moving group to achieve this international standard for environmental management.

To find out more, visit www.pickfords.co.uk/environmental.

You can also download this presentation from our LinkedIn page at http://www.linkedin.com/company/813211?trk=tyah.

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