Why should you be recycling your old IT equipment with Green Machine Computers?
Since 2011 Green Machine Computers has been working hard to help our planet. We recycle tonnes of IT WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) each month, diverting it away from landfill; and we turn it into apprenticeships, training and employment.
Some Facts about IT (WEEE) Waste – WEEE Waste is a Huge environmental Problem
- Electronic waste (WEEE waste) is the fastest growing waste stream.
- 5 years ago, the world disposed of around 20 million tonnes of electronic waste in a year.
- Last year, the world produced 50 million tonnes of it.
- In the current throwaway society in which we live, many of us replace mobile phones annually, and laptops and other IT equipment every other year.
- Currently only 12.5% of this WEEE waste is recycled. This means over 40 million tonnes ends up in landfill annually, with all the pollution, the loss of scarce materials and the waste of value which that entails.
Recycling WEEE Waste
A lot of what is labelled as WEEE waste is not “waste” at all, but whole pieces of electronic equipment, or parts which are readily marketable for reuse, or alternatively, IT equipment which can easily repaired or recycled for materials recovery.
On average, every 273 laptops that we recycle saves the energy equivalent of running one home for a year – so on a global scale recycling one million laptops could save the energy equivalent of running over 3,660 homes in a year!
Wasted Energy and Resources
Incredibly, making one new desktop computer and monitor uses over 240 kilograms of fossil fuel, 21 kilograms of chemicals (including rare non-renewable elements), and 1.5 tonnes of fresh water. This equates to just one household computer consuming resources equivalent in weight to a family car.
We are helping the environment.
So, every device which Green Machine Computers refurbishes and passes on for reuse, or recycles, saves the environment a huge amount of energy, materials and pollution.
We also help people.
Green Machine Computers redistributes much of the IT equipment that we collect by either donating it to charities or local organisations, or by selling it on at preferential rates and using the proceeds to fund in-house apprenticeships, training and education.
Many of our volunteers and employees approach us directly, or are referred through local schools, colleges or charities providing work experience or career transition programs. Many of our staff have faced challenges and are often in need of extra support to be able to return to mainstream work. To enable this we put them through apprenticeships in business administration, office management and computer technician roles.
Our Aim. – How we help people and the planet and you.
We aim to collect as much unwanted IT equipment as possible from businesses and organisations across the UK, refurbishing it for reuse, adding years to its usability and life-cycle, and recycling reusable materials. We focus on repairing laptops, desktop computers and servers, training people to fix this equipment and enabling them to get qualifications by doing so.
Social Integration and Impact on the community
We are Award Winners for all the good we do with the local community, charities, people and the planet.
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- We regularly host volunteers, some of whom are accompanied by their carers for a day, building up to week-long visits or longer in order to get back to regular working, or just to experience work in an office environment.
- We offer work placements for ex-military personnel through the MOD-sponsored Careers Transition Program.
- We support local schools by donating stationery from large office clearances.
- We recycle paper that we get from broken printers and donate or use it in our office.
- We help local charities with donations of laptops and other IT equipment.
- We offer the cost saving alternative of refurbished computers to small businesses and charities, saving them hundreds of pounds compared with buying new equipment.
- We assist the local clubs with technical support and IT equipment where necessary.
- We donate time to charities when they hold volunteer days.
- We offer work experience to students from local schools.
- We offer apprenticeships and work placements for people of all ages; so far our youngest has been 16 and oldest 48.
- We make donations to charities as and when we can, so far this year 42 donations.
Help us to help you
What we need from you:
Any surplus or redundant IT equipment you may have which is taking up valuable space in your offices, storerooms, classrooms, containers, cupboards and warehouses. Items we collect include computers, laptops, servers, monitors (screens), tablets, mobile phones, printers, scanners, cables, keyboards, mice, desktop phones, network switches, routers, games consoles and cameras.
Call us on 01672 520 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a collection, or alternatively drop it into us at 6 Whittonditch Works, Ramsbury, Wiltshire, SN8 2XB.
All the IT equipment we collect is audited, data wiped, repaired and refurbished to a high standard.
On top of having all insurances needed to carry out our job, we hold certification with the Environment Agency and Microsoft, and we have accreditation with ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Services. Clicking on the following icons will take you to the relevant information regarding our certification and accreditation.