Office disposal: how to follow the waste hierarchy [infographic]

Whether you’re moving office, refurbishing or downsizing, proper disposal of furniture and IT equipment is an absolute must for modern businesses. Not only do customers expect companies to demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility, but failing to do so could result in a fine or prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act.

When undergoing a disposal project, the government expects business to follow the waste management hierarchy, which prioritises how furniture and IT is disposed:

Waste management hierarchy

The waste management hierarchy

Prevention

The government requires that, as far as possible, companies prevent the production of waste. Organisations have three main options to achieve this:

  1. Resell your furniture and IT to another party to earn money from your assets
  2. Donate the items to a charity, school or local cause
  3. Redistribute them to other company locations

Reuse

If waste cannot be prevented, the next option is to reuse the assets. Businesses can invest in remodelling, to bring the assets back to a useable state and reinsert them into the business.

Recycling

If the assets are not in a fit state for reuse, they can be taken to a recycling centre to be stripped to their base components, and the components reused in other ways.

Energy recovery

If even the components of your assets are beyond use, they can undergo biomass incineration to recover their energy for repurposing.

Disposal

If the assets are unsuitable for incineration, the final option is disposal via landfill.

Managing your waste: a complete solution

If you are undergoing a disposal project, Pickfords Business Solutions will manage your assets and apply the waste management hierarchy on your behalf. Pickfords will collect your assets from site, tag and track them to identify how they can be disposed of.

Pickfords always follows the waste management hierarchy, prioritising prevention before any other option. We always strive for 0% to landfill, only disposing of items once all other options are exhausted.


Preparing for an office removal or disposal project? Pickfords Business Solutions provides a complete recycling and removals service to thousands of UK organisations. Click here to find out more or get a quote today.

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How to ensure the successful relocation of your company’s IT systems

Close up cable connection
Moving business premises is never easy, is it?

There’s just so much to remember, and at the same time it’s important to try and maintain your professional profile, availability and company image.

If your company prides itself on being available 24/7, transferring your IT systems is one of the most crucial challenges. It’s a complex process, and a successful transfer can be vital to the continued success of your business.

As with anything important, relocating your company’s IT systems takes very careful planning, and you’ll need to know that your move is going to be proactively managed rather than reactively supported.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

The earlier you start planning your office relocation, the greater chance you have of making sure your business is not disrupted too much during the move.

This is especially important when installing new telephone and ISDN lines that have fixed lead times. Conduct a risk analysis before the move and make sure your business is not left without essential connectivity.

Ensure all your equipment is safely and securely shut down, relocated, and up–and-running again as soon as you need it to be. Make sure it’s also restorable in the event of delays or failed network connections.

If there is cabling in your new building, it might not be fitted to a suitable standard. Moving is a great opportunity to upgrade your IT systems, so have a look into this in the months before.

Phone lines also need careful consideration. Check what speed of broadband is available and that your new premises have a sufficient power supply. Again, this is where forward planning is key; use the move as an opportunity to shop around for the best phone providers or packages and order telephone connections as soon as possible.

Why not take the opportunity to assess your current setup, too? Consider: how many lines and handsets do you need? Can you keep your current phone numbers? Do you need voicemail or a call answering service? How will you let people know about your new numbers?

Finally, it’s always best to get the experts in for any relocation so you can rest assured that everything will go smoothly.

Pickfords’ IT relocation experts will work with your internal department or appointed supplier to ensure a seamless move and minimise the disruption and downtime of your business.

Our team begin the process by compiling user data information and testing your systems prior to disconnection. They then plan the phasing of the re-connection of your IT and telecoms equipment in line with your departmental and business needs too.

Pickfords Business Moving also has packing materials that have been specially designed for IT relocation projects to ensure the safe transit of your systems.

Other services include:

  • PC disconnection and re-connection services
  • Server and data storage relocations
  • Network patching and auditing services
  • Portable appliance testing
  • Cable management

It’s vital that your business doesn’t suffer just because you’re moving premises. With Pickfords, you can rest assured that your company or business relocation is in safe hands from start to finish.