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2 May, 2007 - 12:08 By Staff Reporter

Norfolk firm bytes into Recycle IT

Norfolk recycling firm Recyclite has taken over a Thetford based processor of redundant and decommissioned computer equipment, Recycle IT.

Recycle IT, formerly a government-funded project of Meridian East, takes in end-of-use IT equipment such as PCs, monitors, keyboards, network servers and video conferencing systems, for refurbishment or controlled recycling.

Recycle IT project co-ordinator Tim Laybourn, who will head up the new IT Secure Disposal division of Recyclite in Attleborough, said that the key priority for firms wanting to dispose of redundant computer equipment was to guarantee their data did not get into the public domain.

“With the rapid advances in computer systems over the last few years, replacement cycles had come down to as little as 18 months in some organisations, resulting in a lot of second-hand IT equipment on the market,” he said.

“Businesses, utilities and not-for-profit organisations alike all need to know that their data will be destroyed under secure procedures. We utilise data destruction software to US department of defence standards and operate secure disposal for all equipment we collect.”

In addition to data destruction on all working computers the company tests processors and monitors for potential reuse or for environmentally compatible recycling of the material and components.

All incoming equipment is logged onto Recyclite’s system to provide a full track and trace audit trail. “Once we have an inventory of what is to be collected, we can provide an estimate of costs and potential revenue offset,” says Laybourn, “enabling customers to ensure that they realising the top residual value for their assets and that Local Authorities comply with best practice criteria.”

Julia Ingleson, managing director of Recyclite Ltd, said the company had identified a market gap in the East of England for a specialist IT disposal and data destruction organisation and that the acquisition of an established facility was seen as the most cost effective approach.

“This is a highly spec-ialised area of disposal and recycling, requiring very specific knowledge.

“Tim and his team have both the IT skills and experience and the industry contacts that, with our planned investment and full ISO 9000 accreditation, we can build on.

“Some IT equipment that comes in is only destined for scrapt.

“With our fully licensed premises for storing and processing hazardous waste material – such as old computer monitors – and our waste carriers licence, we can handle this recyclable material in volume.”

Recyclite will collect computer systems, whether more recent or old models, and other specialist electronic equipment from any non-residential premises in East Anglia.


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