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.

Improve your office environment: 12 top tips

It’s easy to become absorbed in our work without much thought to the environment around us. But it is our very surroundings that can sometimes be detrimental to our office productivity and wellbeing.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. If you work in a corporate office, there are many changes you can make to cultivate a fruitful and friendly work environment:

1. Hang some artwork: keep it simple with some branded materials, or get a bit zany with some motivational posters or your favourite Picasso print!

2. Brighten up the place with some flowers and other plant life (just don’t forget to water them!)

3. Lighten up the place with extra lamps or light boxes. Choose daylight bulbs or specialist light therapy boxes for bright, near-natural light that’s easy on the eyes.

4. Clear your desk and your mind by decluttering and ditching printed paperwork. Recycle anything you already have in soft copy. Make this a daily habit to keep you distraction-free while you work.

5. Employ subtle scents to improve your mood. If candles or incense will cause conflict in the office, use essential oils to keep you calm and productive throughout the day.

6. Purge the office cupboards and filing cabinets: if you discover anything you don’t need, get rid. If there are items you only require once a year or less, archive them.

7. Improve air quality with air filters, open windows and indoor plants.

8. Sort out those messy cables.

9. Get ergonomic: prevent RSI and joint pain by purchasing wrist and foot rests, laptop stands, ergonomic keyboards and anything else that keeps you comfortable at your desk.

10. Update your furniture for your comfort and safety. Your old desks and chairs can be environmentally recycled.

11. Eliminate your junk drawer: you know the one. That place you put all the stuff you think you need, but in reality never use. Clear your junk drawer and don’t let anything back in that you don’t use regularly.

12. Help keep office illness to a minimum by dusting your desktop and IT peripheries regularly. If possible, do this last thing on a Friday, unless you want the whole office sneezing!


Moving office or simply in need of a declutter? Pickfords Business Solutions offers a wide range of services for modern organisations, including porterage and churn, IT relocation, furniture recycling and storage. Call us on 0845 130 6559, email solutions@pickfords.com or enquire online for more information.

Office Moving Alliance wins contract to move NATO Headquarters

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Office Moving Alliance (OMA) has been appointed to project manage and deliver the relocation of NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels.

Pickfords is the UK member of the Office Moving Alliance, an international network of office moving specialists and they collaborated with fellow members Mondial Movers from The Netherlands and AMT Transfer from France during the formal bid procedure.

The iconic NATO HQ building in Brussels will move to a new purpose built premises across the boulevard from the existing site.  The move is planned to take place in 2017 and will see the relocation of circa 4000 staff.

NATO considered proposals from a number of potential suppliers and followed a rigorous selection process before appointing the OMA consortium to manage the contract.

Russell Start from Pickfords Business Solutions said

“We are delighted to have been appointed following the selection procedure.  NATO will be able to draw on the considerable experience and expertise of our project teams to manage the relocation.  We look forward to working with the NATO management team during the course of the contract.”

Introducing Arion Krasniqi as Pickfords’ Bid Manager

Arion Krasniqi.jpgPickfords is delighted to welcome Arion Krasniqi as our new Bid Manager, working out of the central UK head office.

We caught up with Arion to find out a little about the man and discover what makes him tick.

Welcome on board. For those who don’t know, what’s a Bid Manager?
Thank you! Pickfords provides a portfolio of services to a diverse range of clients across all industry sectors – business moving, employee relocation, information technology, environmental reuse, business interior design and services. I make sure we provide these prospective clients with a tailored solution that best fits their project requirements, so they can make an informed decision.

I would like to add that, although this is a very dynamic job, having a wonderful team and an experienced and approachable management was the best welcome one could wish for in a new role!

Where do you join us from?
I worked freelance as a Bid Writer / Coordinator for a boutique consultancy called CAPM Limited, based in Addlestone. Prior to that I was a diplomat based in London.

First impressions of Pickfords?
I’m struck by the company’s desire to change, adapt and create new effective and dynamic practices. And most of all, I love the environment and people I work with.

What are your aims for the next six months?
To get to know more about the company and my colleagues and build close, constructive working relationships.  Of course, my main objective is to continue our winning streak of successful bids!

What do you do in your leisure time?
I enjoy reading philosophical and psychological fiction, and I’m a bit of a jazz music enthusiast. Mostly though, I love spending time with my twin three-year-olds!

Pickfords voted top Business Superbrand

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Pickfords has once again been awarded Business Superbrand status by Superbrands UK, an independent research programme which identifies the UK’s strongest brands as voted by an expert council.

The Superbrand survey, now in its 21st year, defines a Superbrand as having established “the finest reputation in its field”, and is deemed to offer “significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over other brands, which customers want and recognise.”

With a 400-year history, Pickfords is a long-established brand; one that is synonymous with moving. Pickfords is unusual among historic brands in that it still bears the name of its founder.

Pickfords has consistently been voted Superbrand status since the programme’s inception in 1995, and is the only removal company to feature in the 2016 Superbrand list.

Pickfords awarded ‘Superbrand’ status

Pickfords has once again been voted a Business Superbrand by Superbrands UK, an independent research programme which identifies the UK’s strongest brands as voted by an expert council.

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The Superbrand survey, now in its 20th year, defines a Superbrand as having established “the finest reputation in its field”, and is deemed to offer “significant emotional and/or tangible advantages over other brands, which customers want and recognise.”

With a 400-year history, Pickfords is a long-established brand; one that is synonymous with moving. Pickfords is unusual among historic brands in that it still bears the name of its founder.

Pickfords has consistently been voted Superbrand status since the programme’s inception in 1995, and is the only removal company to feature in the 2015 Superbrand list.

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

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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.