The importance of electrical recycling within the IT industry

In our experience, the average business laptop lasts just three years. Multiply that by the number of devices in the workforce and you get a lot of electrical waste.

How important is electrical recycling for the environment and how does it benefit the IT industry?

Recycling your electrical equipment:

  • Reduces electrical waste
  • Prevents toxic waste from leaking into the environment and affecting wildlife
  • Reduces energy and manufacturing costs within businesses
  • Gives old devices new life e.g., by donating equipment to charity
  • Increases employment opportunities
  • Offers cash benefits


How to recycle your electrical equipment

Work with a specialist

An easy way to recycle your electrical business equipment is to work with a company who specialises in it. That way, you can contribute to your corporate social responsibility (CSR) without taking on the burden internally. Working with an IT consultancy that specialises in recycling services can:

  • Give you confidence that your e-waste is recycled to industry standards
  • Free up time to concentrate on more business-critical work
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Destroy data safely to protect your customers’ privacy
  • Provide opportunities to promote your environmental credentials

Commit to greener practices with ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that sets out the requirement for an environmental management system (EMS). It’s suitable for all businesses in all sectors and helps organisations improve their environmental performance by being more efficient with resources to reduce waste and environmental impact. It also helps businesses understand environmental management best practices.

Complying with the standard can:

  • Give you a competitive advantage and earn stakeholder trust
  • Increase leadership and employee engagement in environmental matters
  • Improve your brand reputation
  • Drive stakeholder confidence through strategic communication
  • Help you achieve strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management
  • Encourage better environmental performance from suppliers 


What should you recycle?

Consider recycling:

  • Kitchen appliances e.g., fridges, microwaves, toasters
  • Small electrical appliances e.g., clocks, radios
  • IT and telecommunications equipment e.g., laptops, printers, photocopiers, telephones, mobiles, monitors
  • Lighting equipment e.g., fluorescent tubes, lightbulbs
  • Tools e.g., drills, saws
  • Monitoring and control equipment – smoke detectors, thermostats, CCTV


Finding recycling facilities

With the help of Recycleyourelectricals, you can pinpoint all nearby recycling points wherever you are in the UK. If you’re taking on electrical recycling yourself rather than using a third party, this is an easy way to find the most convenient place to dispose of your unused or unwanted equipment.

At Texaport, we understand the importance of these advancements, and we work with our clients to put a reliable system in place to improve their business efficiency. Our team has a wide range of IT knowledge and remains acquainted with the movements in the IT industry. Find out more here.

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