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How to Dispose of Electronic Waste

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IT asset disposal is something that every business should be prepared for, but not all businesses are. There are some definite dos and don’ts when it comes to disposing of your old laptops and PCs, but some companies still find themselves improperly disposing of old IT, sometimes even without knowing that their methods are improper and often not legal.

Be Wary of ‘Free’ IT Collection and Disposal

This isn’t to say that every company offering free IT disposal is not to be trusted, but it is wise to be wary of free disposal and collection companies. Always check the credentials of the company you plan on using for IT disposal and make sure they’re ADISA accredited. ADISA is the body that oversees the work of IT disposal and asset handling companies to ensure they’re complying with the relevant environmental and data protection legislation. To check if a company offering free IT disposal is ADISA accredited, you can search for a certified company on the ADISA website.

ADISA accredited companies guarantee the security of your assets, as they may contain sensitive client data that could breach data protection laws if accessed by somebody outside of your business. Legitimate IT disposal companies should not only recycle your IT in an environmentally considerate and ethical way, they should also be able to assure the security of your data and all of the information stored on the assets you’re disposing of.

Have a Strategy

Every company should have an IT asset management strategy. Legally, all businesses are required to dispose of their old computers, laptops, printers and general tech items responsibly. Having a disposal strategy makes it a simple process, ensuring your asset disposal is always efficient and effective.

An integral part of your strategy should be to find an ADISA accredited asset handling company, such as Tier 1. We are a Blancco Gold partner and are also one of the few UK asset handling companies to be awarded ADISA’s highest level of certification, a Distinction with Honors. The accreditation a company holds is a reflection of the quality of their work and therefore also indicates how effectively and securely they are able to dispose of your IT.

Don’t Ignore It

Discarding end-of-life IT with general waste can have extremely negative impacts on the environment, which is one of the main reasons why doing so is illegal and punishable by fines. IT contains toxic and hazardous chemicals and elements which have dangerous consequences for the health of humans and wildlife. In 2017 US broadcasting service, DirecTV, owned by AT&T, was fined $9.5 million for failing to dispose of electronic devices properly.

If you are unsure of how to best dispose of your business’ electronic waste or how to develop a robust IT disposal strategy, then get in touch with Tier 1. Not only are we Blancco Gold partners and ADISA accredited, we are passionate about helping businesses through secure IT handling.

To find out more about our IT asset management services for your business, please call us on 0161 777 1000 or email service@tier1.com.

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Blog: Recycled IT Assets for Schools

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Recycled IT Assets for Schools

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When we think of technology and IT improving the quality of education and experience within schools, many people’s first thought would be of virtual reality, drones and other new, exciting and expensive gadgets. While there is nothing wrong with new technology, there is still a tremendous amount of potential for academic application in refurbished and recycled laptops and PCs.

What is refurbished IT?

Refurbished essentially means that the equipment has been previously used. Although it’s a very broad term, the equipment we refurbish at Tier 1 is sourced from some of the UK’s largest organisations that have decided to upgrade or refresh their equipment.

As part of our refurbishment process, we securely wipe every laptop and PC, before reinstalling the software and physically cleaning and inspecting them to ensure they are working well.

As the devices aren’t brand new, they are cheaper to purchase but are still high quality and durable. This makes them perfect for use in smaller businesses, for consumers who don’t require the latest technology, and for schools, colleges and universities.

Budget

Depending on the features and brand, new laptops can easily cost upwards of £400 to well in excess of £1000. For schools and colleges, this cost, when multiplied by the number of computers and laptops that most schools require, can quickly add up.

When considering budgets, a simple way to reduce spending is to shop for refurbished IT over brand new. Not only is the equipment high quality, it it likely to be as good as, if not better, than the brand new equipment available for the equivalent price.

Environment

We are currently living in an age where technology is developing rapidly, and gadgets only a few years old are becoming obsolete. Millions of tons of e-waste are produced each year from laptops, computers and other technology items being thrown away, with many being transported for unsafe ‘recycling’ in developing third and second world countries. These devices contain toxic elements, including (but not limited to) cadmium, chromium and lead, which could lead to global issues of ill-effects on human health and the environment.

Quality

Often as a tactic to save costs, schools are left very few other options than to invest in out of date or low-quality entry-level laptops. These laptops are often made of cheaper components which wear out faster and also have limited technical ability. One of the key benefits of buying refurbished devices is that you’ll be able to get a better spec for your budget.

To find out more about our refurbished devices, please visit Tier 1 Online. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us on sales@tier1online.com or call 0161 777 1015.

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Blog: Photographer Turns E-waste Into a Surreal Dystopia

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Photographer Turns E-waste Into a Surreal Dystopia

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Annually, each Briton throws away somewhere between 20 and 25kg of electronic waste, on average. E-waste is the fastest growing waste problem in the world, with the rapid advancement of technology and the growing mentality that you must upgrade your devices with every new release.

Benjamin Von Wong is a photographer with a background in engineering, whose photos feature epic sculptures and backdrops. Previously, he’s shot photos of mermaids being stranded in plastic waste to draw attention to the pollution of the world’s oceans with plastic. On average, each year 8 millions tons of plastic enter the oceans with 60-90% of marine litter being plastic related.

While attending SXSW last year, Von Wong learned the shocking statistics on e-waste and that computer manufacturer and fellow Computer Aid contributor, Dell, runs the world’s largest electronics-centric recycled program. At the event, Von Wong found that Dell were interested in collaborating with artists and individuals to help encourage conversations about e-waste and inspire people to take action to reduce the amount of electronic waste they produced, and change how they disposed of it. Von Wong reached out to Dell’s CSR team to find out more information on how to get involved. The result was a collaboration that produced three amazing photographs.

The pictures show a surreal dystopian future, where technology has taken over. Creating the sets took 4100lbs of ‘resurrected’ electronic waste, which is the approximate amount an American may use through the course of their lifetime. A team of volunteers was assembled through social media recruitment, with 50 people in total working for 10 days, some of whom travelled from over 12 hours away to be involved, built the scenes from e-waste leant to the project by Dell.

We feel it is important to highlight the e-waste issue to encourage more businesses to take action and recycle or dispose of their equipment responsibly. If you would like to find out how we can help you do that, please call us on 0161 777 1000 or email service@tier1.com.

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Blog: What is IT Redeployment?

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What is IT Redeployment?

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The term ‘IT redeployment’ is frequently used in the IT asset disposal and recycling sector, but many people outside of the sector don’t know exactly what it means.

IT redeployment refers to the refurbishment and re-deployment of IT assets within a business. This strategy means that companies can enjoy updated, re-tested and refurbished laptops and PCs that work as well as new equipment, without having to pay the high price for new assets.

What are the benefits of IT redeployment?

IT redeployment has many benefits for a company, from the CSR aspect, to cost and the minimal training involved in reintroducing re-deployed IT assets. IT redeployment also means that fewer IT assets end up being disposed of, creating less e-waste and reducing the impact on the environment.

It costs less to refurbish and re-deploy IT assets back into a business which is one of the key reasons it is becoming an increasingly popular option among businesses. As the assets will be the same devices, only refurbished, minimal training will be needed for employees to be able to use them confidently and competently. This is especially true if the IT assets are already running the latest version of their software. Not needing to retrain saves companies both time and money.

How can you do it?

At Tier 1, our customers often re-deploy assets that might be a couple of years old. We professionally refurbish, re-image and smartly package them ready for them to be re-deployed into another area of their business where cutting edge technology is not as crucial.

Tier 1 is perfectly placed to help you save considerable amounts of money in this way, whilst still making recipients of refurbished equipment feel valued.

We are experts in secure IT asset disposal, corporate IT redeployment and managing the re-use and re-marketing of IT assets. As well as being Blancco Gold partners, we are also one of the few IT asset disposal service providers in the country to be ADISA accredited with a Distinction with Honours certification.

To find out more about corporate ICT redeployment for your business, please call us on 0161 777 1000 or email service@tier1.com.

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5 Tips for a Sustainable Workplace

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Every workplace has the potential to become greener and more sustainable. A sustainable workplace benefits your company overheads, the environment and can also have a positive impact on the perception of your company from potential customers or clients.

1. Recycle

Recycling is the obvious place to start. Recycling paper, cardboard, plastic and glass is one seemingly small step you can take to become a greener workplace, but the impact of recycling can be huge.

Make an effort to acquire paper recycling bags from your local council and, if possible, invest in a paper shredder. Rethink throwing your low-on-ink pen in the general waste and instead opt for recycling the plastic shell. Encourage your employees or fellow colleagues to use reusable water bottles and coffee cups or glasses/mugs instead of plastic bottles and non-recyclable takeout cups.

2. Brighten things up

The lighting you use is an important factor to how sustainable and green your workplace environment is. LED lights are more sustainable and use less energy than traditional CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) lighting, making it better for both the planet and for your company’s energy bills. Not only that, LEDs contain less toxic substances than traditional bulbs.

3. Recycle your IT

When retiring your company laptops, towers, PCs or even printers, the way you dispose of them is more important than you may think. Electronic waste is a global problem with potentially disastrous environmental and health effects. Digital technology, from your phone to your monitor, contains hazardous substances which are toxic to the environment and people that they come into contact with when improperly disposed of.

At Tier 1, wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling. However, if a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered - meaning that nothing goes to landfill.

4. Buy Refurbished

Buying refurbished laptops and PCs makes sense for many reasons. One of the key benefits is that it’s environmentally friendly, significantly reducing the amount of electronic waste that is produced. It also decreases how much demand there is for new equipment, which helps to preserve the earth’s resources.

You can read more about the benefits of refurbished IT for business in our free ebook.

5. Travel Smarter

Using public transport or car sharing can often be a cheaper alternative than driving to work every day, all while helping to reduce the emissions we produce. Carsharing has also been found to strengthen team relationships, with coworkers spending more time together outside of the workplace.

A sustainable workplace is good for business and good for the environment. These are just a few simple tips which don’t necessarily require huge investment. In fact, they are likely to save your business money.

To find out more about our secure and sustainable IT disposal services, please get in touch today. Call us on 0161 777 1000 or email service@tier1.com.

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Blog: ICT4D: Computer Aid’s Solar Learning Lab

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ICT4D: Computer Aid’s Solar Learning Lab

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Computer Aid is a non-profit organisation focused on ICT for development. The organisation has been running for 20 years (since 1998) and has since brought one billion plus hours of access to digital technology to over one million children and young people around the world.

Like Tier 1, Computer Aid believes that digital technology and access to IT has the power to enhance and change lives for the better, providing people with more opportunities for learning, connecting with others, developing their skills and expanding their horizons exponentially.

Tier 1 and Computer Aid

As of 2016, Tier 1 has proudly worked with Computer Aid in their mission to improve and transform communities through technology, both within the UK and internationally. Since forming our partnership, Tier 1 has supported Computer Aid’s fantastic work by providing secure IT disposal, something that, as Blancco ‘Gold’ partners, is the bedrock of what we do.

Social responsibility is intrinsic to Tier 1 and working with an organisation such as Computer Aid, which shares our values of ICT for education and development and also of safe and efficient IT disposal, reuse and recycling, is something we are extremely proud of.

South American ZubaBox

Through our partnership, Tier 1 was able to work with Computer Aid to provide refurbished IT equipment to the organisation’s South American ZubaBox program. The program helps to give IT access to marginalised youth who have escaped the violence and conflict in Cazucá, Colombia.

A ZubaBox is a solar powered internet space, not dissimilar to an internet cafe, that was developed by Computer Aid International to provide a unique and uncompromised environment for young people to access skills training that will help them get ahead, all of which is provided by in-country expert trainers.

CAI’s ZubaBoxes are aimed at helping to provide valuable 21st century skills and development opportunities for young people, but they also act as a pinnacle for the community, where local young people can gather and spend time.

This ZubaBox is South America’s first ever, and it was installed in Cazucá in partnership with Dell, a company that recently doubled its 2020 sustainable materials goal - a target that is an excellent step in reducing e-waste globally.

The ultimate goal of the ZubaBox program is to give access to quality IT, learning and development resources that will motivate young people across the globe to achieve more in life, work and school scenarios, and to equip them with the transferable skills to do so.

We could not be more proud that our refurbished laptops and PCs are being used to help enrich the lives of young people by helping them develop new skills and access more opportunities and we’re excited to continue our work with Computer Aid.

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Blog: What is the Difference Between Data Wiping and Data Deletion?

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What is the Difference Between Data Wiping and Data Deletion?

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It is common knowledge that the ability to remove data from hard drives (HDDs) or solid-state-drives (SSDs) is fundamental to ensuring that an organisation’s data is secure.

However, confusion often arises when it comes to the question of whether to delete or wipe data. The difference between wiping and deleting lies in the fact that deleting data does not completely erase all traces of it. Indeed, wiping is much safer in maintaining the integrity and security of a company. The following tips should provide some guidance on whether you should be deleting or wiping your systems.

Deleting and wiping files from an HDD

Deleting a file from an HDD does not mean that it is completely erased; it has simply lost the initial pathway leading to it and remains recoverable for someone with the relevant expertise. This is fine for files of little consequence without sensitive data on them, but what about data that needs to be completely erased?

Overwriting is one of the most common ways of completely getting rid of data on an HDD. The process basically involves replacing the old data with new data. It is important to note, however, that there can be hidden areas in HDDs where data can remain, making completely wiping data tricky.

Wiping data from an SSD

Wiping data from an SSD can be much more difficult than an HDD due to their structure and the way that they store data. Indeed, the random nature of the way in which an SSD stores data means that files can be almost impossible to find and completely erase. Like HDDs, they also contain hidden areas that knowledgeable hackers can infiltrate and compromise. In this way, the best thing to do with an SSD which contains sensitive data is to completely wipe it when it is no longer needed.

Attending to all of your data wiping needs

As explained in this post, data wiping is much more complicated than simply pressing ‘delete’ on a PC. Any business should attend to their data wiping issues as soon as possible. Sometimes, drive destruction can be the only way of completely erasing data, and this is something best left to the professionals.

Therefore, to ensure your business remains secure and compliant, you can benefit from our professional data wiping services. At Tier 1, we are able to undertake both off site and on site data sanitisation. This includes magnetic hard drives, solid state devices, network equipment, magnetic tapes, data bearing MFDs and mobile or hand-held devices. Blancco, our data erasure software, is one of the most secure options available, helping us to meet the most rigorous data privacy and destruction requirements.

In some cases, data cannot be completely erased from a hard drive. As a last resort, when a hard drive must be shredded, we use an ADISA approved physical destruction method.

Browse our website to find out more about our secure IT disposal services, and get in touch today to find out how we can help your business.

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Blog: The Risk of Passing on Used IT Assets to New Employees

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The Risk of Passing on Used IT Assets to New Employees

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No business can afford to just throw money away, and it makes complete sense to pass on used computers, smartphones and other IT assets to new employees, rather than buying new items every time your team grows.

But before you do that, it’s important to consider whether it’s safe to do so and what you need to think about.

What are the risks of reusing IT assets?

• Previously used PCs or laptops are likely to contain company data and potentially even highly sensitive material that a new employee shouldn’t see.
• Your business could violate the data protection act if client information gets into the wrong hands.
• New employees always need at least some training for their role, and any mistakes they make could leave vulnerabilities for a hacker attack. No company wants to have to deal with a data breach, whether of client data or sensitive financial information.
• While 99% of new employees will be completely trustworthy, there’s always the possibility that your new hire might not be so honest, and you don’t want to leave any data in place on your old computers that someone could find and use for malicious purposes.

You can’t just wipe the computer

Many people would assume you can just format the hard drive of a laptop and delete all the data. Restore everything to factory settings and be fine?

Well, you could do that, and there is a possibility that nothing will go wrong, but here’s the thing – reformatting will not delete everything on the hard drive to the point where it is irretrievable. It won’t be visible if you open up Windows Explorer, and it’s not obvious how to access it unless you know what you’re looking for, but the data that’s vital to running your business would still be there for someone to find if they really want to.

So what can you do?

Are you stuck with having to buy fresh IT assets for every new employee?

The good news is there’s another option which will give your budget a break and ensure all your precious data is permanently deleted.

Data cleansing services are a brilliant option to keep your business secure and compliant, without blowing your budget by buying all new items for your new members of staff. This service is specifically designed to wipe every bit or byte of data from laptops, computers, and any other IT assets you have, so that you can either reuse them within your business or even sell your items to bring money back into the business.

Secure your business

Data cleansing must be done by experts with the right experience and understanding of IT assets and data removal. You also need a reputable and professional company who will take care of your data as if it was their own, to ensure your sensitive information remains confidential at every stage.

Data security is vital, particularly with the GDPR due to come into force from the 25th May 2018. If businesses are found to have breached the new data protection regulations, they could be liable for a fine of up to €20m.

At Tier 1, we’re proud to be a Blancco ‘Gold’ partner and our strong, process-led approach ensures secure sanitisation of data for every client. For complete peace of mind, get in touch with us today. Our highly accredited and experienced team will happily discuss your IT disposal or redeployment needs. Browse our Services page on corporate IT recycling for more information or call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Blog: Tier 1 at The Bett Show 2018

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Tier 1 at The Bett Show 2018

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Tier 1 are excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Bett Show. Taking place between the 24th and 27th January 2018 at the ExCel in London, the Bett Show is the largest education technology show in the UK and one of the largest in the world. More than 30,000 people visit the show and hundreds of leading companies, educational institutions and governments exhibit each year.

The Tier 1 team would be delighted to meet you at the show and demonstrate how our refurbished laptops and PCs can support schools in reducing costs, improving quality and reducing ewaste.

Bett Show 2018

Visit the Tier 1 stand where our team will be available to answer any questions you might have about refurbished IT, as well as demonstrating a range of laptops. We will also be offering FREE IT disposal to visitors to our stand so come and find out why making the switch to refurbished IT is the best option for schools and the environment.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates in the build-up to The Bett Show 2018. To find out more and register for your ticket, visit the Bett Show website.

See you there!

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Blog: 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Buying Refurbished Computers

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3 Reasons Why You Should Be Buying Refurbished Computers

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Keeping your business stocked up with the correct technology for your employees requirements can be costly, particularly when you buy brand new.

This is where refurbished equipment comes to the fore.

Refurbished laptops and PCs are a great way to save money on an essential piece of kit, without compromising on the quality you need to get the job done.

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider buying refurbished computers.

Value for Money

First and foremost, buying a refurbished laptop is a great way to save money in the short term. However, buying from an unscrupulous seller can lead to unreliable products, meaning you have to spend more in the long term.

Through our sister company, Tier 1 Online, we offer a 12-month warranty as standard, with the option of longer warranties on certain products, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that you are protected.

Great Quality

Just because you’re buying a refurbished laptop - doesn’t mean it should look used.

At Tier 1, we grade our products either A, B, or C. An A grade listing has to be in top condition - anything less than that, even just one scuff, means it can, at best, be a B rating. The lower the rating, the lower the cost.

This means you can get a laptop that is in full working order for a fraction of the price of new equipment.

Better for the Environment

As we’ve written extensively in the past, eWaste is a growing issue.

An increasing number of computers are being disposed of, some less responsibly than others which has a significant impact on the environment. In addition to this, the more new laptops that are produced, the more precious metals that need to be mined.

Whereas, when a computer is refurbished and reused, nothing is sent to landfill and the demand for new laptops is reduced. Win-win.

We’re working hard to promote the benefits of buying refurbished IT equipment. In fact, you can read our eBook to discover even more benefits.

If you would like to talk to an expert at Tier 1 about your IT equipment, then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Blog: GDPR: Businesses Failing to Secure Paper Data

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GDPR: Businesses Failing to Secure Paper Data

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If you didn’t already know, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are fast approaching.

GDPR has been created to force businesses of all sizes to take data protection seriously. For many, this means ensuring that servers are secured, passwords are strong, and staff are educated.

Underestimated & Ignored

However, a recent study has suggested that many businesses are at best underestimating, and at worst ignoring, the challenge of ensuring that paper-based documents and business processes are compliant.

For organisations with more than 250 staff, GDPR also states that a business must be able to show that the organisation is compliant, using retention schedules, accountability, record-keeping and other measures.

But how can organisations demonstrate that their manual, paper-based processes are also GDPR compliant?

More Data Lost Than Email

If we were just to look at Risk Based Security’s 2016 Data Breach Report - lost, stolen, and mislaid documents account for more data breaches than email.

And failure to comply with GDPR could result in businesses being fined up to €20 million or 4% of their global turnover for the previous year, whichever is higher.

With less than nine months until the GDPR fully comes into force, time is already running short for many organisations. 

Identifying a way to ensure that all paper documents are secure, as well as all electronic data, will be a top priority for businesses.

If you would like to speak to an expert at Tier 1 about ensuring your end of life computers are securely disposed of then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Blog: US Broadcast Company Fined $9.5m for eWaste Failure

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US Broadcast Company Fined $9.5m for eWaste Failure

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A major US broadcast service has been hit with a major fine for improperly disposing of their electronic waste.

DirecTV, bought by AT&T for $48.5 billion in 2015, will pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that its California facilities unlawfully dumped hazardous waste.

All to Landfill

The investigation found that all 25 DirecTV facilities in California had failed to properly dispose of electronic devices, as well as batteries, aerosol cans, and other hazardous materials - all of which ended up in landfills.

DirecTV didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing, however, the company has agreed to take measures to properly dispose of hazardous waste in the future.

Whether or not we see a real difference remains to be seen.

Small Punishment

Whilst this appears to be a large fine, it is unlikely to cause any real headaches for the broadcaster, especially when it is owned by a business such as AT&T.

This then raises questions about whether or not the fine will cause any real change to be actioned.

If you would like to talk with someone at Tier 1 about ensuring that your unwanted laptops and PCs are properly disposed of then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Blog: GDPR: What To Do In The 72 Hours After a Breach

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GDPR: What To Do In The 72 Hours After a Breach

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It won’t surprise you that many businesses are still unprepared for GDPR. In fact, many businesses do not believe they will be fully prepared in time, leaving them open to fines of up to €20m or four percent of annual turnover.

However, for many businesses, especially those with limited security resources, the priority should be on the reporting timeline itself.

GDPR guidelines state that when a data breach does occur, businesses should detect and report a breach within 72 hours.

So here’s our guide to what you should do if you discover a data breach.

Preparation

The most important step is to lay the groundwork. Ensure that your organisation has put all the necessary policies and procedures in place. You also need to document them, so that you can demonstrate the steps taken to achieve compliance.

If you don’t have these systems already set up - it is unlikely that you will be able to react quickly enough to hit the 72-hour deadline.

The first step is to gain an understanding of where your customer data is stored, or could be accessed.

It is also important to identify how your organisation stores and uses customer records. This can be information such as the information acquired when a customer signs-up for a mailing list.

The next step is to set up security alerts. These will warn you if there are any potential risks to this data. Many people complain about being bombarded with these sorts of alerts, but once GDPR comes into effect, there will be no excuses for missed alerts or mistakes.

The clock starts ticking

Once a data breach has occurred, the primary focus is to contain the incident. The best way to do this is to isolate the affected systems to prevent further damage.

If you can identify the elements that contributed to your breach, such as an individual laptop, then you can section that off from the network, and then do the forensic analysis.

Once you’ve contained the incident, you need to find the cause.

Attackers may have used a specific vulnerability, such as a phishing email, or a weak password; but to actually undo its effects, you will probably need to remove the malware, and then wipe and reinstall affected machines.

Time’s up

Once you have a good understanding of the breach, you must involve everyone that is affected.

- Any breach notification should include:
- The number of individuals affected
- Details on the type of data concerned
- The name and contact details of someone within your business who can provide more information;
- A description of the likely consequences for individuals
- The measures taken to combat it

These communications should be drafted, approved by management, and then shared to your customers, shareholders, and regulators.

What next?

Whilst identifying and containing a data breach within 72 hours is relatively simple; cleaning up the mess can take far longer.

During this recovery process, it’s vital to keep a very close eye on your reinstalled systems to monitor for any errors.

The final important step is to review and analyse what happened. Take the time to work out why it happened, and consider how it could be prevented in the future.

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Ten years ago, the UK’s Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) regulations were first introduced.

In those ten years, regulations have developed and the technology being created and used has changed completely.

In the modern day, more than 90 percent of UK households now own a mobile phone. This is compared to 78 percent in 2007, and 47 percent in 2000.

As well as technology developing over the past decade, the regulations themselves have been altered to address certain challenges for the recycling sector.

Must Buy

Following the introduction of the WEEE regulations in 2007, the biggest challenge for UK-based producers was the ‘must buy’ system for the recycling of WEEE.

This encouraged price hikes in the costs of obtaining evidence for recycled WEEE. This was particularly significant at the end of the year, when compliance was finally submitted, creating a ‘closed market’.

In 2013, this changed. The UK WEEE Regulations introduced the compliance fee for schemes that had not managed to collect enough.

This resulted in a more balanced system. One which strives to recognise all players in the process, ensuring that quality treatment standards are applied more consistently and that WEEE traceability is in place.

Treatment processes have become increasingly efficient in the last decade, with improved removal of regulated substances.

Challenges

However, there are still challenges for UK producers to manage.

The uncertainty over Brexit and ‘ever-increasing targets’ are two particularly big hurdles. They should still be manageable challenges, though.

The most important countermeasure is to keep production costs as low as possible. This then enables them to meet stringent targets and ensure as much WEEE as possible is recycled through the recognised channels.

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Blog: GDPR: Only 1 in 5 UK Businesses Encrypting Public Cloud Servers

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GDPR: Only 1 in 5 UK Businesses Encrypting Public Cloud Servers

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For those who haven’t kept up with our blog, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into place on May 25th, 2018.

However, it is still raising serious compliance concerns for most UK companies.

This is because many businesses have recently deployed hybrid infrastructures where they use both public and the private cloud storage.

In a recent survey, 85 percent of UK respondents agreed that encryption was the most effective way to secure the previously mentioned public cloud data.

However, from the same survey, just 21 percent said they encrypt everything stored within the public cloud.

GDPR in a nutshell

GDPR places tough restrictions regarding how any and all personal information is handled.

What information is collected from users, with or without their explicit consent, has raised a wave of privacy debates.

This forced the European Union to address this through GDPR.

The new rules, which apply to all EU citizens, is designed to place responsibility on companies that handle personally identifiable information, such as name, a home address, email addresses etc, without ensuring that this “personally identifiable” information is not properly secured.

€20 Million Fines

Even though GDPR doesn’t specifically mention tools or technologies to achieve this, most companies are turning to encryption to attain the level of privacy needed.

If a company fails to provide “sufficient” data protection for sensitive customer data, they could face a fine of up to four percent of the company’s annual turnover, or up to €20 million - whichever is higher.

Encrypting any publically stored data should become a necessity for any business - but we fear the only way companies will take it seriously is after one has been heavily penalised by GDPR.

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At Tier 1, we are passionate about ensuring none of the IT equipment we dispose of finds its way to landfill.

Whilst simply reusing old electronics is generally the best approach, a new furniture company has begun creating products out of old smartphones.

Pentatonic, which has launched this month, aims to cut the production of new materials by turning people’s waste, including food, drink, cosmetics packaging, hand-held electronic devices, DVDs, and food waste, into household objects.

The company is currently producing tables, chairs, glassware and individual components of furniture.

Modular Products

All furniture created is modular, meaning that customers can change it into something else at a later date.

Pentatonic will trade parts and materials with existing customers, as well as buying back products customers no longer want.

The company is also aiming to minimise “toxic materials” such as paints, resins, glues, and formaldehyde.

High Carbon Footprint

Pentatonic co-founder Jamie Hall said, “Furniture has traditionally been an industry with a high carbon footprint.”

“There is a long-standing trend of short-lived ‘disposable’ furniture that can’t be recycled, and the sector has taken a dangerous trajectory in terms of environmental damage.”

He adds: “If every home in the world had a single piece of furniture, accessory or clothing made from trash, that would be a lot of trash doing something more valuable than floating in an ocean or burning in a landfill.”

The concept of creating furniture for waste is certainly an interesting concept, as well as Pentatonic’s attempt to create a circular economy. Whether it will take off on a mainstream level will have to be seen.

We are always interested to hear about new approaches to reducing eWaste. This is an innovative method which will hopefully raise awareness and encourage others to take eWaste more seriously.

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Apple recently unveiled its latest line of mobile phones, including the iPhone X.

The new iPhone will come with a sleeker design and improved functions - alongside a hefty environmental price.

Three new models were announced at the event, including the high-end iPhone X, plus the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8S models.

But the high price tags pale in comparison to the cost to the environment.

A Smartphone For Every Person On The Planet

According to Greenpeace, there have been 7.1 billion smartphones manufactured since 2007. To put that into perspective, that is enough to equip near enough every person in the world with a smartphone.

Apple alone sold over 78 million iPhones in the months following the release of the iPhone 7.

But this success is a significant contributor to the growing eWaste problem.

2.5 Year Lifespan

The average age of a smartphone traded in between April 2017 and June 2017 was 2.58 years. This means people are buying a brand new smartphone every 2.5 years.

Unfortunately, just a handful of people recycle their smartphones when they purchase a new one.

A 2014 study from the United Nations University, estimated that less than 16% of eWaste is recycled.

3 Million Tons of eWaste

That same study calculated that 3 million metric tons of eWaste were produced in 2014 alone. Much of that waste goes to landfills or to developing countries to be taken apart to reclaim the metals held within.

However, when devices are handled improperly, there’s a likelihood that metals such as cobalt or tungsten will leach into groundwater; whilst burning heavy metals releases dangerous gases into the atmosphere.

But smartphones don’t just create pollution when they are discarded.

The mining of the precious metals needed to create them can devastate ecosystems.

The world’s largest producer of cobalt, which is used in rechargeable lithium ion batteries found in smartphones and other electronics, is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In the DRC, for instance, child labor is common, and proceeds from mining operations are used to fuel ongoing conflicts in the country, according to an investigation by the Washington Post. In March, Apple said it would temporarily cease buying cobalt mined by hand in Congo.

Headphone Jack

The choice to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 likely added further to the eWaste epidemic. This is because older ear buds will soon become obsolete without a new adapter.

The AirPods wireless earbuds, which replace the traditional headphones, are powered by a rechargeable battery. But, it is reported that the battery cannot be replaced.

On the other hand, traditional headphones that use wiring and magnets are easily recyclable.

Apple’s Efforts

Apple has taken steps to reduce its environmental footprint.

The company is investing in methods to recover materials from its products and works to encourage customers to return products through its recycling program, Apple Renew.

The company is also working to use more recycled materials in its manufacturing. For example, they are transitioning to using 100% recycled tin solder for logic boards.

Apple is not alone in this issue, the vast majority of smartphone manufacturers do not do enough to improve the recyclability of devices.

Mobile devices are just one element of the global eWaste issue. At Tier 1, we can help you responsibly dispose of your unwanted laptops and PCs, call us today on 0161 777 1000 for more information.

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We are proud to announce that Tier 1 Asset Management appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review.

Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar.

Tier 1 Asset Management features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.

Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.

The Prime Minister commented that ‘this year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics’ and this is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and best-practice representatives alike.

The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said ‘it has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.’

The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying ‘Tier 1 Asset Management and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.

Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.

It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.

It is my belief that innovation is contagious, if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.’

View an e-copy of The Parliamentary Review here.

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Tier 1 Shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

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We are delighted to announce that Tier 1 MD, Jonathan Rose, has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Jonathan and Tier 1 beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.

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Is it Impossible to be Fully Compliant with GDPR?

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The impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to come into force will be heavy and far-reaching.

According to Paul Ferron, EMEA director of digital identity strategy at software company CA Technologies,no company is going to be able to fully insure themselves against fines.

He states that there is, simply, no technology that makes 100 percent compliance possible.

“[GDPR compliance] first and foremost is a process… There are so many different aspects of the GDPR that you cannot buy a technology and just be compliant.”

Be Agile

The GDPR should be treated as an agile programme: rather than getting yourself in order and closing it down until your next audit, it should be part of your ongoing considerations.

Every business will have work to do to become compliant. Once one piece of work is finished towards GDPR, you should move onto the next piece.

Many people believe that by simply showing regulators that you have made an effort to be compliant; any fines for a data breach should be mitigated.

The regulation itself is actually quite ambiguous.

Take The Right Steps

It’s going to come down to doing as much as you can; showing that you have taken the right steps and documenting those steps.

After that, it will be key to be able to show that the steps you took were sufficient, based on the risk you expect to face.

It seems to be that every week a new case is reported where a business’ data is compromised.

Once GDPR guidelines come into full effect, there will be far stronger punishments for companies who do not do enough to protect their data.

This will include data that is stolen because computer hardware is not properly disposed of.

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Blog: 3 Ways to Eliminate eWaste Forever

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3 Ways to Eliminate eWaste Forever

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As we’ve discussed countless times - eWaste has quickly become one of the world’s biggest dilemmas.

Consumers demand for new and exciting technology is unquenchable - whilst limited amounts of precious metals, accompanied by poor recycling rates have pushed the planet to its limits.

So how can this trend be tackled?

Improve repairability

Products these days are designed to be as customer friendly as possible. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for repairability.

Customers face a plethora of hurdles when trying to repair faulty products. For example, finding parts to fix issues is far harder than it should be.

A good example of a business making positive strides when it comes to repairability is Google. Seventy-five per cent of the spare parts used by Google to repair its data centre servers are used parts.

Part harvesting could also be made easier with new product design. For example, dissolvable circuit boards could help recover spare parts from IT equipment.

Greater focus on refurb

The fact that buying refurbished tech hasn’t become a social norm is somewhat staggering. It makes no environmental sense to recycle an electronic appliance that can be reused.

For example, keeping a smartphone in use for an additional year cuts its CO2 impact by 31%. 

On top of that, it makes no economic sense either. A reused iPhone retains around 48% of its original value, whereas its value as recyclate is just 0.24%.

At Tier 1, when we prepare a product for recycling it goes through a rigorous process that ensures it is in excellent working order.

In fact, if a product is listed as Grade A quality, we believe you would struggle to notice the difference between it and a brand new product.

Design for repair, reuse or refurbishing

In the modern day, manufacturers have little economic or legal incentive to manufacture products designed for repair, reuse or refurbishing.

Why would they spend additional money designing modular components, manufacturing repairable products or buying durable parts if they cannot recoup part of this value?

However, more developers are starting to offer their products as services - which makes it more profitable to create a lasting product.

For example, when Apple started its iPhone subscription programme, it is said to have designed stronger and more resilient iPhones by including a harder aluminium case, a stronger cover glass, as well as additional gaskets and seals that improve water resistance.

If we, as a society, can create a system that works as a circular economy - where products are used, repaired, and then reused - the continuous growth in eWaste could quickly be stemmed, and hopefully reversed.

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As we’ve written about in the past, modern day electronics contain very small amounts of rare and precious metals.

However, when you consider the number of new products that are produced each year, it becomes a much more significant amount.

Apple has now revealed it recovered 2,204 pounds of gold in 2015 via recycling initiatives.

To put that into perspective - that amount of gold is worth around £30m!

90 Million Pounds of eWaste

The technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report: “In 2015, we collected around 90 million pounds of e-waste through our recycling programs.”

They also gained 61,357,800 pounds “of material recovered for reuse through take-back initiatives in 2015.”

“We work hard to keep electronic devices out of landfills so that the precious resources they contain can be reused.

“And we want to ensure that these devices are recycled properly so they don’t pose a threat to human health or the environment.

“That’s why we’ve developed recycling collection events, take-back initiatives, and efforts like Apple Renew, a global program that lets you bring used Apple devices to any Apple Store for reuse or responsible recycling.”

Silver, Copper, and Steel

Apple didn’t just recover gold, it also recovered 6,612 pounds of silver, 2,953,360 pounds of copper, and 23,101,000 pounds of steel.

Apple said in its report: “We also see a huge opportunity to improve the way we reclaim finite resources from our products.

“Existing recycling techniques, like shredding, only recover a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality.

“So we invented Liam, a line of robots designed to disassemble 1.2 million phones a year, sorting all their high-quality components and reducing the need to mine more resources from the earth.

“It’s an experiment in recycling technology, and we hope this kind of thinking will inspire others in our industry.”

With all these metals in Apple products alone, figures like this really show how much strain mining the necessary products of electronic consumables has on the Earth. It also highlights how important the re-use and recycling of IT equipment is for a sustainable future.

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Tearfund Report Outlines How eWaste Victims Can Be Helped

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A large proportion of the electronic goods disposed of in the UK eventually end up in developing countries. The UN Environment Programme (Unep) said that up to 90% of the world’s electronic waste, worth nearly $19bn (£12bn), is illegally traded or dumped each year.

Some of this equipment is repaired and sold on, creating jobs and allowing access to cheap IT for those who would otherwise not benefit from it. In Accra, Ghana, for example, the refurb sector provides more than 30,000 jobs, and 80% of devices are either secondhand, repaired or refurbished.

However, as we’ve written in the past, there is a dark side to irresponsibly disposed electronics.

Arsenic

IT equipment contains a plethora of harmful toxins. For example, your mobile phone contains arsenic, lead and a host of other toxic materials that pose a threat to life when it is no longer usable.

If a phone is sent to landfill, these chemicals can leak into soil and groundwater.

Under appropriate conditions, recycling is safe. But if the recycling is conducted by a child with no safety gear on a rubbish tip, the consequences can be catastrophic.

Unfortunately, the latter is common.

Tearfund

This newly released Tearfund paper examines how product design standards could be used to enhance the livelihoods of those engaged in repair and recycling in poorer nations, as opposed to endangering them.

The paper drew three conclusions:

1. Ambitious, open design standards could improve the livelihoods of repair and remanufacturing entrepreneurs in the Global South.
2. Restrictive standards that allow manufacturers to exert a monopoly over repair and upgrade could damage these livelihoods.
3. Restricting the use of hazardous chemicals (like those on the list of ‘Substances of Very High Concern’) could improve the health of huge numbers of children and adults currently involved in the informal recycling of electronics.

Whether this report will lead to actionable change remains to be seen. However, the increased attention that eWaste has been receiving in recent months is a great sign that change is coming. We’re passionate about making sure IT equipment equipment is disposed of responsibly to avoid issues like these.

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Blog: UN Agencies Collaborate to Help Eliminate eWaste

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UN agencies have begun working together in a bid to track and help deal with the soaring amount of eWaste worldwide.

Whilst technology has improved at such a great speed, with access to and use of electrical equipment skyrocketing, a product’s life cycle has become shorter and many designs do not support repair or reuse.

As a result, the amount of eWaste is growing rapidly.

Undocumented

What is most worrying is that most eWaste has not been properly documented or treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods.

According to the UN Environment Programme, up to 50 million tonnes of eWaste is expected to be disposed of in 2017; a 20 percent increase from 2015!

Global eWaste Statistics Partnership

Due to the fact that responsible disposal of eWaste remains a challenge in many countries, the International Telecommunication Union (ITS), UN University, and the International Solid Waste Association have formed the Global eWaste Statistics Partnership to improve and collect worldwide eWaste statistics.

“We are pleased to be part of this partnership and to lend our expertise and our long-standing experience in data collection to assist countries to track and measure their e-waste so that responsible e-waste management can be implemented,” said ITS Secretary-General Hour Zhao.

The hope is that with better eWaste data, the generation and illegal dumping of eWaste will be minimised whilst also promoting recycling, and creating jobs in reuse, refurbishment and recycling sectors.

If all goes to plan, these will all contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Bidding has begun for local councils to receive funding designed to increase eWaste recycling.

Producers and retailers of electrical equipment have launched a £665,000 fund to support projects which will deliver increased levels of re-use and recycling of waste electrical equipment.

Innovative & Sustainable

Proposals are now being sought from local authorities working with partner organisations for initiatives which are “innovative, sustainable and which aim to drive collections of waste electrical equipment for reuse and recycling”.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “With more than a million tonnes of electrical equipment waste generated in the UK each year, it is encouraging to see that around 60% is already being recycled or reused.

“We want to build on this, and today’s funding will help support creative local projects that encourage us to do even more to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill.”

Proper Treatment

Funding to incentivise proper recycling and reuse of eWaste is a great move to help authorities actively promote it.

If this funding can be used effectively then it offers a great opportunity for businesses to improve their eWaste processes.

The fund is created via the UK’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations which aim to “ensure that producers and distributors of electrical equipment finance the cost of its collection and proper treatment when it becomes waste”.

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We often meet businesses that are reluctant to make the switch to refurbished laptops and PCs. There are a number of reasons for this but most are due to poor experiences in the past. That’s why we thought it was important to put together this guide to explain refurbished IT in more detail and encourage you to consider it for your future requirements.

Here, our MD, Jonathan Rose, addresses 7 of the most common objections to buying refurbished IT.

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According to data in a recent eWaste report released by the United Nations University, global electronic waste has reached record levels.

In 2014 alone, 41.8 metric tonnes of eWaste was generated. This number is expected to grow up to 50 million by 2018 following an estimated growth of 2 million tonnes per year.

With technology rapidly changing and evolving, and consumer demand for the latest devices building, the rise in eWaste will only continue to rise.

The UNU report highlights “lowering the number of electronics entering the waste stream and improving end of life handling” as strategies to build a more circular economy.

Buyers

Buyers also have an important role to play. From buying refurbished technology, which helps to boost the aforementioned circular economy, to choosing products that are less hazardous and are designed for safer recycling.

Previously, definitions of eWaste and methods used to evaluate it have varied between regions and made calculations of total volume difficult.

From all eWaste, approximately one quarter (9.3 million tonnes) is made up of personal digital devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and TVs.

Household appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment, account for the remainder.

Europe - Most Per Capita

Asia generated the most e-waste in 2014, with 16 million metric tonnes, followed by the Americas at 11.7 and Europe with 11.6 metric tonnes respectively.

However, Europe generates the most eWaste per capita, at 15.6 kg per inhabitant. Followed closely by Oceania (15.2 kg) and the Americas (12.2 kg).

This is an issue that requires a focused effort to tackle. As technology buyers and users, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce eWaste.

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At the heart of our business is our goal to change lives for the better.

We are proud to be able to support Antz Junction through the work we do.

Working with Antz Junction on our ‘Through the Gate’ program allows us to give something back to the community, whilst also training a new talent base for future recruitment. We are supporting people into work and helping ex-offenders to get involved in the community and become valued members of society.

Here are 4 reasons why your business should fully embrace corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how you can do it.

It’s a Deal Breaker

Since the Social Value Act came into force, a large number of local authorities have increased their social value scoring criteria in the tendering process. For example, Manchester City Council now assign a minimum 20% of the scoring to social value.

CSR has become a deciding factor for many tenders. If you want to maximise your business’ chance of success, you need to be taking social value seriously.

For smaller businesses that may not have the time or resources to commit to a CSR strategy, some local authorities allow SME’s to pay into a fund which goes towards a collective strategy. This then provides the evidence of their positive impact for the tendering process.

It’s Good for Business

Antz Junction’s goal is to grow and give back. Therefore, businesses should not feel guilty about gaining from their CSR efforts. There’s nothing wrong with a win-win situation. It should be seen as a sign of success if everyone involved is benefitting.

Our connection with Antz Junction allows us to offer added value to our customers. Not only are we providing a market leading IT disposal service, we are also giving ex-offenders a second chance in the process.

An additional benefit we’ve found is the hardworking and talented employees we have been able to recruit as a result of the upskilling program we run with Antz Junction.

Where to Start?

Many local authorities now have CSR ‘toolkits’, designed to help businesses understand and deliver CSR. These not only include ideas but also potential partners that you could team up with to deliver an effective program.

It’s worth taking the time to research what your local authority is focused on in terms of social value so that your program can reflect it.

Try to think outside the box and create something original rather than following the mold of what is already out there.

Changing Expectations

Recent reviews to the Social Value Act introduced a new focus on accountability and innovation.

Public bodies will be required to take action and be accountable rather than just ‘consider’ CSR. This may see more local authorities increasing social value requirements and scoring.

Innovation may also be favoured in the future, meaning that businesses looking to introduce a new CSR strategy should be focusing on creative ways to provide social value.

We are always keen to hear from other socially minded businesses. If you would like any further help or advice on how you can get involved with Antz Junction or similar programs, or how we can dispose of your company’s end of life IT, then call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Dell Doubles Sustainable Materials Goal to 100 Million Lbs

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Computer giant Dell has set itself a new goal after surpassing its 2020 target to use 50 million pounds (Lbs) of sustainable materials in its products.

This fresh target will see Dell aim to use 100 million pounds of recycled-content plastic and other sustainable materials by 2020.

They have reset their goal to reflect the significant growth of post-consumer recycled materials.

Computer Takebacks

The report claims that Dell recovered 177 million pounds (Lbs) of used electronics last year.

This is due to the initiation of takeback schemes, which allow customers to return unwanted pieces of tech to Dell when purchasing new products.

According to Dell, this has made them the largest recycler of e-waste in the world.

99% Avoiding the Landfill

Dell’s manufacturing facilities diverted 99% of waste from landfill in the past year.

However, the global diversion rate in other Dell-operated buildings remains in the 50-60% range.

As well as surpassing their goal for sustainable materials, Dell also reached its goal of planting one million trees to offset carbon emissions and restore natural animal habitats.

Circular Economy

Dell also ramped up its commitment to the circular economy by launching a series of innovative recycling schemes and joining Ellen MacArthur’s Circular Economy 100 programme.

Dell made the announcement in their first CSR report since completing the purchase of EMC in the largest technology merger in history.

For the global eWaste crisis to become manageable, it is vital that more manufacturers take up similar targets as Dell.

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Three Launch Scheme to Donate Unwanted Phones to Those in Need

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Practically everyone has an old mobile phone lying around the house. When it comes to businesses, many still don’t have an efficient process for recycling their large number of handsets.

However, one UK network wants to give these unwanted phones a new lease of life.

Three’s new scheme, called Reconnected, takes these devices and redistributes them to those who need them most.

The scheme donates phones to homeless people, domestic abuse victims and many other groups who don’t necessarily have easy access to the internet or a phone line.

£13 Billion

Research conducted by CompareMyMobile found that in the UK there was £13 billion worth of phones lingering in people’s homes in 2016.

The internet has become an indispensable tool that many of us take for granted. In June 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council even declared internet access to be a human right.

If you donate your phone to the Reconnected scheme, Three will update it to the latest software, make sure it can access the internet, and pair it with the relevant accessories, such as a charger and microUSB cable.

12Gb of Data, 300 Minutes, 3,000 Texts

The new user will then be given 12GB of data, 300 minutes and 3,000 texts to use each month for three months, while the phone is theirs to keep. Once the 90 days are up, if the person wants to continue using it they’ll have to pay for network access.

Not every recipient will be able to afford to maintain the network access, but Three is hoping that 90 days should give them enough time to reconnect with services and people they need to help them turn things around.

Internal Pilot

Three already trialled the scheme with an internal pilot, encouraging its employees to donate their old phones.

It received over 1,500 handsets and managed to donate 99 to people in need.

The hope is that, by opening the scheme to the public, Reconnected will receive newer phones. More modern devices will enable the scheme to be more effective, but Three will take any phone, even if it can’t connect to the internet.

If your phone isn’t suitable for the scheme, Three will recycle the parts instead of giving it away – and that means you can clear your drawers no matter how old or damaged your phone is.

Schemes like this are a great way to reuse old devices and reduce the growing issue of eWaste, whilst also helping those who need it.

You can find out more about the scheme on the Three website.

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Could Precious Metal Shortage Lead to Slow-Down in Tech Industry?

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You may not know much about the metal cobalt, but chances are you’re not far from it.

Cobalt is used in the batteries powering millions of tech gadgets that use Lithium-ion batteries, such as smartphones.

The problem with it is that the price has doubled in the last year alone.

“We are definitely entering a period of deficit and that will start this year,” says Lara Smith, managing director of Core Consultants, a commodities researcher.

“In 2016, the supply of cobalt was about 104,000 tonnes and demand was about 103,500. Hybrid and electric vehicles are in a nascent growth phase, so as we continue along this track we expect there to be a greater and greater deficit.”

Growing Demand

“Electric vehicle market penetration around the world is projected to grow 26% this year alone,” chief executive of First Cobalt Corporation in Toronto, Trent Mell says.

“We are predicting a growth rate in cobalt demand of 5% per year for the next five years. On the supply side, the pipeline of new production is pretty scarce.

“To bring up a mine to full production can take up to 10 years.”

This shortage in the supply of tech-dependent metals is not limited to cobalt.

Technology Metals

Many modern electronics rely on metals such as neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium to make them faster, lighter, stronger, and more energy efficient.

However, these rare earth metals, along with minor metals such as lithium and tantalum, are now just as important as the traditional base metals and precious metals.

Many realised how big an issue supplying the necessary metals could become in 2010-11 when the prices of several rare and minor metals skyrocketed.

The fact that the tech industry is so dependent on these materials and that many of them are coming from China is a big problem.

A lot of countries don’t want to open new mining and processing facilities because they are deemed “dirty” and environmentally unpopular.

Recycling

One way of breaking China’s stranglehold is to recycle the materials.

Apple is a leader in this field, marshaling a line of robots called ‘Liam’ to disassemble used iPhones in a few seconds.

This allows the recovery and reuse of many of the materials used, such as cobalt, indium, and gold.

But it’s hard for technology companies to predict what will happen a decade from now. If supplies of crucial elements dwindle, supply will soon outstrip demand leading to the prices of new gadgets rising further.

If you have never considered buying refurbished IT, this is another reason to make the switch.

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Potential GDPR Fines Causing Concern Amongst Businesses

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Just under a year from now, on 25th May 2018, GDPR will come into effect.

That means all businesses and organisations that handle EU customer, citizen or employee data must comply with the guidelines imposed by the new General Data Protection Regulation.

If not, they could could face a huge fine of up to four per cent of their global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater.

However, Matthew Kay, information governance manager for the London Borough of Hounslow has reassured people that the fine won’t be used in every case.

Million Dollar Question

“The million dollar question is in how the ICO will enforce it. There’s going to need to be consistency across regulators,” said Kay.

“There’s a lot of talk of board-level accountability, but I don’t think you’re going to see a shotgun loaded up and fired off left right and centre,” he added.

“The ICO is “an educational organisation” that would prefer to assist the enterprise in building GDPR strategy as opposed to simply handing out fines.

How Much Could It Cost?

Although the fine could be up to 4% of global turnover, it’s capped at a maximum of €20m.

However, the ball is in the business’ court. The wording in GDPR infers that if a business has a data breach, but is forthcoming about it and had taken steps prior to try and avoid a breach, then the punishment would be more lenient.

The most serious punishment would be incurred if a company ignores all the guidelines laid out in GDPR and is seen to try and cover-up any breach, in which case they would be eligible for a full 4% fine.

We’ve written in the past about how the GDPR guidelines have been found to be confusing. However, in just under a year we will see them come into full effect. If businesses are not prepared, it could be a very costly mistake.

Digital Transformation

Interestingly, David Hunt, principal enterprise architect at Workday suggests that business leaders have already recognised the threat that the new regulations pose.

Speaking during a seminar with Computing, Hunt explained, “The GDPR, which is coming into force in May 2018, is a significant driver behind digital transformation.

“Senior executives understand that the threat of the fine is real, so something needs to be done. And every employee in an organisation should understand the journey, and the digital strategy,” he added.

The final point is something we strongly agree with. Although many of the headlines regarding GDPR focus on the potential fines (including this one), it’s important that organisations see it as an opportunity for education to ensure they remain compliant.

How Tier 1 Can Help

We know from experience that many companies do not have a plan in place for when a piece of IT hardware has reached the end of its use. This means that many are handing over sensitive data to people without the expertise to securely and effectively deal with it.

At Tier 1 IT Disposal, we’ve handled the disposal of computers and laptops for some of the UK’s largest blue chip organisations. Alongside this, we accurately track every device that enters our process, meaning you can keep records of your hardware as it is disposed of or recycled. With our online “realtime” tracker of all your assets, the process is completely transparent for ultimate peace of mind. 

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With more electronic devices than ever being created, and subsequently disposed of, the rising level of eWaste has become a global concern.

One simple way of curbing this trend is to simply buy refurbished equipment. If more users bought used computers, the number of new devices being built would fall - leading to a drop in the amount of waste created.

So far in 2017, we have seen a significant increase in demand for refurbished equipment. Environmental concerns are undoubtedly one of the main reasons, but what are the other reasons more people are considering buying refurb rather than new equipment?

Cost

Cost savings are one of the main advantages of buying refurbished computers.

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the cost of new equipment has increased by up to 20%. However, as all of our equipment is sourced from within the UK, we are able to keep our prices low. Whilst the cost of new equipment rises, our prices remain the same.

New computers are expensive and costs can quickly spiral if you are buying in bulk. If you haven’t considered refurbished computers in the past, it’s well worth your consideration to see how much you could save.

Flexibility

When buying a refurbished computer through Tier 1, you’ll have the option to upgrade certain parts to the spec you require.

For example, if you need a computer that can handle particularly demanding tasks, you can upgrade the amount of RAM without spending mega-bucks as you might do when buying new equipment from retailers.

Also, some organisations use older operating systems. It might cause issues if you purchase new equipment that comes with the latest operating system installed. However, with Tier 1, you have the choice of operating system that is installed on your refurbished laptop or PC.

Quality

Some people are concerned about the standard of refurbished laptops and PCs, compared to brand new equipment. All of our kit is clearly graded so you know what condition it’s in but, more importantly, our returns rate for used laptops and PCs is lower than the rate for brand new equipment!

It’s also worth noting that the standard of equipment available through Tier 1 is of a significantly higher standard than the new budget computers on the market. The majority of our refurbished laptops and PCs are sourced from some of the UK’s largest organisations which means you could get enterprise level equipment for the price you would usually pay for entry level devices.

If you are interested in purchasing refurbished computers then take a look at Tier 1 Online to see what we have to offer for your business.

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A United Nations Environment Program report has found there has been 50mn tons of electronic waste in 2017 already!

As electronic consumables become increasingly popular, and upgrades are released more often, the quantity of laptops and other electronic devices being scrapped has skyrocketed.

As a result of this, Stanford engineer Professor Zhenan Bao and her team have tried to rethink what electronic devices might look like in the future.

Whilst searching for a flexible, minimalistic way of creating electronics, they may have found a way to drastically cut eWaste.

eWaste Cut By Vinegar

The team has created a flexible electronic device that can degrade with the addition of a weak acid, such as vinegar.

“This is the first example of a semiconductive polymer that can decompose,” claimed Ting Lei, one of Professor Bao’s researchers.

“We have been trying to mimic the function of human skin,” Bao said, noting that skin is stretchable, self-healable and biodegradable. “We have achieved the first two, so biodegradability was something we wanted to tackle.”

The team has also managed to create a degradable electronic circuit and a biodegradable substrate material.

This means that when the device is no longer wanted it can biodegrade into nontoxic components.

Medical Uses

“We envision soft patches that are very thin and conformable to the skin that can measure blood pressure, glucose value, sweat content,” Bao said.

How these kind of developments can/will be implemented into everyday consumables will be interesting to see. If the electronics within devices such as mobiles, tablets, and laptops can become biodegradable we may see the eWaste epidemic turned on its head.

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Nearly 9.5m Computers Wasted in the UK

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Research has found that more than a fifth of Brits have disposed of at least one working computer in the last five years in favour of a newer model.

This means that more than 13.87m computers have been binned in the last five years by Brits, according to Crucial.

Of all those that disposed of an old computer, 18% gave their old computer to someone else, and only 14% recycled it. This leaves 9.4m computers that have potentially reached the end of their working life.

What about the data?

Whilst this huge amount of eWaste is concerning enough in its own right; another concern is what has happened to all the data stored on these devices.

One would hope that they have been disposed of responsibly through trusted WEEE recyclers. However, we know that this is unlikely to be the case.

If you dispose of a computer without properly destroying all the data stored on it, whoever next takes possession of that device may be able to access your business’ sensitive data.

In fact, more data is leaked from businesses via human error, such as not properly disposing of your old systems, than is stolen by hackers.

Why are people disposing of their PCs?

Research shows that people are ditching working systems because they’ve slowed down, take too long to turn on or freeze too often. Frustratingly, all these are fixable meaning that eWaste is being created for no real reason.

Brits are choosing to spend an excessive amount on purchasing new computers. Instead, they could restore their new machine for as little as £40 with a simple upgrade that doesn’t require any technical skills.

On average, Brits have owned two computers in the last five years and are replacing their PCs much more than business users who replace laptops every 3-4 years.

Budget devices

The issue appears to be that many people buy “budget” computers for less than £500, which often come with smaller amounts of RAM and slower hard drives. This means that the computer could begin to struggle after a short amount of time.

Rather than disposing of a slow device, it could be upgraded by installing a larger amount of RAM and an SSD to improve performance and extend its lifetime.

Alternatively, refurbished equipment could be considered from the outset which allows people to purchase a much more powerful device, often for the same, if not less, than they would pay for a brand new “budget” device.

If a computer has reached the end of its lifespan, then it is imperative that it is properly disposed of, and not sent to a landfill. Electronics contain several hazardous components that poison the land around it. In addition to this, mining for the precious metals required to produce new equipment can be harmful to the environment.

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How Does Brexit Affect British Recycling Targets?

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We have known for a while now that Britain is leaving the EU. As we edge closer to Brexit, many have looked at how this will affect immigration, the economy, and various other issues. Yet, not many have looked at how it will affect Britain’s green policies.

With that in mind, here is an overview of how Britain’s recycling could change over the coming years.

What EU recycling targets does the UK have to meet?

Currently, every EU member state must hit a target of recycling 50 per cent of its household waste by 2020. The EU is also considering imposing targets requiring the UK and most other EU nations to recycle 65 per cent of their rubbish by 2030.

The UK Government has previously expressed concerns about the proposed 2030 targets.

Are These Targets Being Hit?

The short answer is no.

Recycling rates in England have increased from just over 10 per cent at the turn of the millennium, to around 44 per cent now.

However, as we recently wrote, recycling rates have stagnated in recent years and even dropped in England this year. Poorly performing councils are expected to have to step up their efforts to hit the targets.

What Would Brexit Mean?

In Wales and Scotland, Brexit would be unlikely to make a big difference because the countries have already set themselves even more challenging targets.

In England, however, leaving the EU would give ministers leeway to set more lenient targets. And whilst we can hope that his would not be the case, it is a genuine fear.

David Palmer-Jones, head of recycling business Suez, argues: “There is a clear risk that the current EU-led policy drives towards creating a circular economy within the UK will stall or even move back a step.”

On the other hand, the Government has committed to the 50 per cent target, arguing it was important in a “world in which such resources are under pressure”.

According to the House of Commons library: “The benefits of effective waste management to both the environment and the economy may mean that UK withdrawal would not lead to a substantial change in approach, but it would reduce the impetus to meet legislative targets within clear timeframes and remove the threat of legal challenge for any failure.”

This proves to us that it is important that we hold our politicians to account. By leaving the EU, England would have the wiggle room to fall back on recycling. As individuals and as businesses, it is imperative that we do not.

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We’ve written extensively in the past few months about how the issue of eWaste is becoming getting worse by the day. But how does eWaste actually affect us?

Environmental Toxicity

When people throw electronic items away through landfills they often end up in developing countries. The extraction of precious metals and valuable parts from discarded eWaste has become a source of income for many in poverty.

However, the people who live there are particularly likely to come in to contact with toxic eWaste elements.

Statistics say upwards of 85 percent of all electronics are sent to landfills or put into industrial incinerators. This means that a huge number of people are at risk of being poisoned by outdated technology.

Lead

Statistics indicate 40 percent of the lead found in landfills comes from eWaste.

The lead that has seeped into the environment harms humans and other living things, including plants and animals. Lead can also leak into water, causing potentially fatal effects for the fish that live in it and the animals that drink it.

Humans have some element of control over reducing our lead exposure. However, other animals cannot and are, therefore, at high risk.

Precious Metal Mining

Dirty gold mining has ravaged landscapes, contaminated water supplies, and contributed to the destruction of vital ecosystems. Substances such as cyanide and mercury are released into the environment as a result of it.

To limit the environmental damage, mines often construct dams and place the toxic waste inside. However, these dams do not necessarily prevent contamination of the surrounding environment. Toxic waste can easily seep into soil and groundwater.

At the world’s estimated 3,500 dams built to hold mine waste, one or two major spills occur every year.

What can we do?

eWaste is a big problem, but it’s one we can all conquer through seemingly small but ultimately powerful actions. An important place to start is with the responsible disposal of old or unwanted computer hardware. If you’d like to chat to someone at Tier 1 about how we can help, please call us on 0161 777 1000.

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£7Bn of Gold Discarded Every Year in Global eWaste

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Mixed amongst the 42 million tonnes of eWaste discarded every year is, reportedly, gold worth more than £7bn.

With less than 16 percent of global eWaste being diverted from landfills to recycling centres, recyclable materials worth more than £34bn are being lost.

50 Megatonnes

A report by the United Nations University (UNU) reveals that the amount of “e-waste” generated globally is also likely to reach 50 megatonnes by 2018.

Among the resources being lost are 300 tonnes of gold as well as 1,000 tonnes of silver worth £400m and 16 megatonnes of steel with a value of £6.5bn.

The mountain of waste also contains alarming quantities of toxins, including 4,400 tonnes of ozone-depleting chemicals and 2.2 megatonnes of lead glass.

Britain a Major Offender

Britain is one of the world’s most profligate producers of eWaste, ranking fifth in the weight of material discarded per person. Each Briton is now generating 23.5kg each year.

The UK was also sixth worldwide in the total amount of eWaste the country generated at 1.5 megatonnes. This is close to the level in India, which has 20 times the population.

According to the report, Britain, along with other European Union countries, was missing an opportunity to ensure that the demand for consumer durables resulted in a thriving recycling industry.

The UNU report said that only one-third of eWaste in the UK is recycled through recognised schemes, such as ours. This figure must reach 85 percent under EU rules by 2019.

Reports like this show how seriously the issue of eWaste needs to be taken.

Unless consumers and businesses start recycling and reusing old technology then the problem will continue to grow.

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Apple has announced it is working towards a ‘closed-loop supply chain’.

The move means the company could create future products using entirely recycled and reused materials. This comes as Apple announced it is looking to end its reliance on mining for resources.

Building New Products

The company states on its environment report page: “We’re moving toward a closed-loop supply chain. One day we’d like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products.”

In a page explaining its resource ambitions, Apple says: “To start, we’re encouraging more customers to recycle their old devices through Apple Renew.

“And we’re piloting innovative new recycling techniques, like our line of disassembly robots, so we can put reclaimed materials to better use in new products.

“It’s an ambitious goal that will require many years of collaboration across multiple Apple teams, our suppliers, and specialty recyclers — but our work is already under way.”

Whilst it is an ambitious and admirable goal, it seems there’s still a way to go until Apple gets to the point where it can stop mining for materials. The company’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives told VICE news that Apple doesn’t know how it will be achieved.

Recycling Robots

That doesn’t mean they are not looking for creative solutions to the issue though.

Last year it demonstrated a recycling robot that deconstructs iPhone 6S handsets, recycling parts for use in other phones. As the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, Apple is also looking into ways to reuse materials. For example, it melted down the aluminum enclosures on the iPhone 6 to make Mac mini computers to use in its factories and it said that it is moving to 100 percent recycled tin solder on the main logic board of iPhone 6s.

We’re a huge fan of what Apple is aiming for here. If every major tech producer can meet this goal then there could be a huge reduction in the electronic waste that is currently being produced.

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We have written extensively on the topic that eWaste is fast becoming a global issue.

As an increasing number of electronic products come into circulation, huge amounts are also being disposed of. This equates to a significant amount of eWaste.

However, there has been a development in the challenge to tackle the issue. Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have come up with a way to simplify electronic waste recycling.

Crush it into nanodust.

Eliminating Contamination

The technique uses a low-temperature cryo-mill to pulverise parts like chips and other electronic components, as well as polymers that make up the printed circuit boards. This makes the particles so small that they do not contaminate each other.

This then makes it simple to sort and reuse the materials.

The researchers intend for it to replace some of the current processes that involve dumping outdated electronics into landfill, or burning or treating them with chemicals to recover valuable metals and alloys. Neither of these processes is environmentally friendly.

Huge Step

It is estimated that eWaste will grow by 33 percent over the next four years with 80 to 85 percent ending up in an incinerator or a landfill if nothing changes. This is a shocking statistic that we are already working hard to change.

If this new technique turns out to be the answer then it could be a huge step in tackling eWaste.

Avoiding Landfill

It’s great to see new innovation in our industry, particularly when it enables more recycling and reuse. That’s one of the key objectives in the work we do here at Tier 1. Wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling.

We never send any IT equipment to landfill. If a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered.

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Blog: E-Waste Rises to 6.4mn Tonnes Since Start of 2017

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E-Waste Rises to 6.4mn Tonnes Since Start of 2017

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We live in a world where electronic devices have become a huge part of our lives in many different ways. But, as we’ve written previously, this has led to a dangerous rise in eWaste.

According to The World Counts, globally we have produced 6.4 million tonnes, and still counting, of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) since the start of 2017.

63% Rise

A recent United Nations report notes that Asia alone has seen e-waste rising by 63% in five years and the international organisation calls for the need to improve methods of recycling and disposal of e-waste.

Dead or broken down electrical and electronic equipment and appliances are fast becoming a waste nightmare for many communities the world over.

Unlike your usual household rubbish; defunct, obsolete or simply no longer wanted electrical and electronic equipment cannot just be thrown away without environmental repercussions.

It is to be expected that as commercial levels of smart technology increases, so too would e-waste. However, few other forms of waste are as toxic as discarded electrical items.

Potential Risks

E-waste not only poses an environmental problem but it’s also a potential threat to human and other life forms. It typically contains toxic chemicals that include mercury, lead, beryllium, cadmium, arsenic, and other heavy metals.

If these are simply disposed of in landfill, then these harmful products will seep into the surrounding environment. This, therefore, causes potential harm to water supply, land, and life near the area.

When you dispose of your old IT with Tier 1, we ensure that nothing goes to landfill. Wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling. However, if a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered.

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Blog: Samsung Finally Release Plans For Note 7 Recycling

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Rewind back to October 2016 and you’ll remember the farce that was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The short-lived smartphone was quickly discontinued after a number of them “blew up”. With over 4 million handsets recalled, the escapade could be a potential eWaste disaster.

Well, Samsung has released its plan for sustainable handling the estimated 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones recalled.

The electronics giant set out three tactics that would make sure the devices “are recycled and processed in an environmentally-friendly manner”.

Refurbished

In the first instance, Samsung hopes to release devices as refurbished phones or rental phones where possible.

Where that is not possible, components that can be reused will be recycled into other products. With the majority of the devices recalled still unexploded, this should help negate a lot of the environmental concerns.

Finally, the third option would see valuable metals removed from the phone via “environmentally friendly methods.”

Samsung also announced its plans to join the European Union’s R&D and testing efforts. The aim of this is “to develop new eco-friendly processing methods”.

Positive Feedback

The move has been greeted with positive feedback from many environmental groups.

Jude Lee, a global senior campaigner at Greenpeace, said the announcement showed that Samsung had listened to consumers and campaigners.

However, he urged the company to provide more detail on its recycling plan.

“While we welcome this news, Samsung must share as soon as possible more detailed timelines on when it will implement its promises, as well as how it intends to change its production system to make sure this never happens again,” Lee said.

“The average smartphone in the US is used for about two years, adding to growing piles of e-waste around the world. This is simply not sustainable. Samsung and other IT companies such as Apple should manufacture phones that are easy to repair, refurbish, and upgrade.”

What Next?

Lee makes a good point. With technology advancing at such a fast pace, many devices quickly become out of date. There must be a focus from developers to create products that can be better upgraded to the latest technology, rather than simply heading to the scrap heap.

If the Note 7 disaster can be the moment this issue becomes a priority, then some good can come of this after all. Ultimately, we want to ensure all IT hardware can be reused or recycled to stop any waste going to landfill.

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Blog: GDPR: Confusion Over Data Breach Laws - Do You Know The Rules?

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Protecting the data of your business should be one of your top priorities. If it isn’t then you are risking punishment. However, the standards expected and the punishments available are still unclear to many people.

Leading legal experts are struggling to agree whether the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in fact already in force in the UK.

If it is in force, and you are found to be in breach, then you could be fined up to four per cent of your organisation’s global annual turnover. That is if the UK’s data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), waits until May 2018 to act on the issue.

GDPR IS in place

In the opinion of Bridget Kenyon, head of security at University College London, GDPR is already in force.

“Actually GDPR is in force now, but what’s not in place yet is the penalties. So if there’s a breach now, the ICO could hold onto it and give you the penalties in May 2018.”

GDPR is NOT in place

However, the ICO disagrees. A spokesperson for the organisation said:

“GDPR comes into force in May 2018, until then whilst organisations should be preparing for the new regulation, the Data Protection Act remains in force and any breaches or civil monetary penalties will be considered under that legislation.”

What does the document say?

Article 99 of the regulation, which governs its entry into force and application, reads:

‘This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.’

The GDPR was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 4th May 2016, and so technically came into force on 24th May 2016.

However, Dr Kuan Hon, consultant lawyer for Pinsent Masons clarified this by saying:

“That means that, technically, yes, it’s already in force, and it’s been in force since late May 2016. But, it doesn’t apply as law in Member States until 25 May 2018.”

Slightly clearer?

“If an organisation has an ongoing breach now, but doesn’t discover it until after 25 May 2018, or discovers it but doesn’t fix it until after 25 May 2018 - then it would be exposed to the higher penalties, but this should incentivise organisations to detect and remediate breaches sooner rather than waiting till after 25 May 2018,” said Hon.

To compound this, companies are often asked not to discuss a breach by law enforcement agencies. This allows them time to track down the hackers and make an arrest. Therefore, if a breach was discovered but not disclosed until after the new punishments come into effect, they could still face a strong penalty, despite doing what is best for the police.

What should businesses do?

In this case, we recommend erring on the side of caution. If you discover a breach, fix the issue as soon as possible to avoid any potentially stronger punishment come 25th May 2018.

Fortunately for our clients who choose to dispose of their unwanted computers and laptops with Tier 1, they can be confident in the knowledge that their data is fully secure. We’re proud to be a Blancco ‘Gold’ partner and a strong, process-led approach ensures enough checks and balances to guarantee secure sanitisation of data.

If you are looking to dispose of some your organisation’s old computers then you know you will be in good hands with Tier 1. To speak to one of our team today, call 0161 777 1000.

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Blog: Tonnes of eWaste Illegally Dumped in Developing Countries

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Millions of mobile phones, laptops, and tablets are being dumped illegally in developing countries every year.

The UN has warned that eWaste is expected to grow by 33% in the next four years. This means the waste will weigh the equivalent of EIGHT Egyptian pyramids, according to the UN’s Step initiative.

Step was set up to tackle the world’s growing e-waste crisis.

7kg per head

Nearly 50m tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in the last year alone. That’s nearly 7kg for every person on the planet.

The level of eWaste being shipped to the developing world was recently revealed by Interpol. Almost one in three containers that were checked before leaving the EU contained illegal e-waste.

Ruediger Kuehr, executive secretary of Step, said:

“The explosion is happening because there’s so much technical innovation. TVs, mobile phones, and computers are all being replaced more and more quickly. The lifetime of products is also shortening.”

Fastest growing waste source

According to the Step report, eWaste is now the world’s fastest growing waste source. China alone generated 11.1m tonnes last year.

Britain is now the world’s seventh worst offender, throwing away 1.37m tonnes of eWaste last year; approximately 21kg per person.

In the US, only 12 million mobile phones were collected for recycling in 2011. This is despite the fact that 120 million were purchased.

As newer models race to market, more and more old models end up in a landfill. The failure to recycle is also leading to shortages of rare-earth minerals to produce future generations of electronic equipment.

Whilst it is inevitable that eWaste will become a larger issue as an increasing amount of new technology is created, it is imperative that we, as a society, recycle rather than simply sending waste to landfill.

That’s key to the work we do here at Tier 1. Wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling.

However, if a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered - meaning that nothing goes to landfill.

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Blog: Manchester Leading the Way in Tackling Poverty via Progressive Procurement

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Manchester City Council is pioneering a scheme designed to reinvest in the local economy, according to a new report published recently by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

The scheme was launched at an event at Manchester Town Hall hosted by CLES.

The report, The Power of Procurement II, reflected on the work carried out in the past decade.

The report stated that the new Corporate Procurement Department has led to over £65million in savings due to increased efficiency. This has led to Manchester now being seen as an example of progressive procurement in the UK.

The proportion of total procurement spend with organisations based in the Greater Manchester area has increased from 51.5% in 2008 to 73.6% last year.

Antz Junction

Jonathan Rose, Managing Director of Tier 1, spoke at the event. Jonathan used his presentation to discuss the work that we do alongside Antz Junction to help give offenders a second chance.

As part of the project, offenders are trained on how to safely and thoroughly deconstruct and dispose of end of life computers.

In fact, the results of our work with Antz Junction have been so impressive that we’ve left a government run scheme in the dust.

Find out more about this project and how recycling your old IT can change lives on our previous blog post here.

Benefit Local People and Businesses

Matthew Jackson, Deputy Chief Exec of CLES had this to say about how progressive procurement was helping change lives in Manchester:

“We are really proud to have worked in partnership with Manchester City Council for the last ten years to instigate such significant change for the benefit of local people and business. The work demonstrates the importance of understanding where procurement spend goes, linking procurement to economic development, and influencing the supply chain to enhance their social value. The work must continue with more progressive procurement being at the heart of devolution and public service reform across Greater Manchester.”

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Connected Cars Storing Data Despite Being Wiped

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Security researchers have revealed that some Connected Car apps may leak information despite being wiped.

Among the most high-profile breaches so far involved Jeep, after researchers hacked a vehicle and took full control of it. Everything from controlling the radio to cutting its transmission.

What’s terrifying about the findings is that sensitive data can remain after a car is wiped and can be accessed by any individual.

IBM

This flaw was discovered when a security researcher for IBM traded in his convertible for a family car. Being a security researcher, he deleted all personal data before handing over the keys. The garage then undertook their own protocols to ensure that no data remained.

However, after receiving the new car, the researcher noticed his old car was still listed in the management app.

“Over time, I began to realise that the car wasn’t going to expire. Days went by, then weeks, months and, eventually, years. It was obvious that whoever had purchased my old car had not enrolled it in the mobile app,” he wrote on his security blog. “This is where my curiosity kicked in - were manufacturers only designing IoT functionality for the first owner because that’s where their revenue comes from?”

Beyond the First User

This is another case of an IoT company failing to consider security beyond the initial user.

Kaspersky has also published findings on seven Android-based connected car apps - six of which did not encrypt usernames.

The findings of both Henderson and the Kaspersky team highlight the need for an improved focus on IoT security. Clearly many devices are created around the first user only. This is a glaring security hole.

However, some responsibility must fall on to consumers to be more wary about the data their vehicle contains. It is vital that we put more pressure on manufacturers to ensure it’s protected.

How Does This Affect Businesses?

This concern isn’t limited to vehicles. Security is one of the key concerns many businesses have when it comes to recycling their old IT. Naturally, they are concerned that their old computers may still contain confidential information, despite them being wiped or restored. That’s where Tier 1 come in. 

Secure data erasure is the absolute bedrock of our business. We are trusted by central government and major corporations who expect the highest standards. We’re proud to be a Blancco ‘Gold’ partner and a strong, process-led approach ensures enough checks and balances to guarantee secure sanitisation of data. We get it right every time which is why our customers become long-term partners.

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Blog: Tokyo Olympic Medals To Be Made Entirely From eWaste

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Tokyo Olympic Medals To Be Made Entirely From eWaste

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Olympic and Paralympic medals for the 2020 Games in Tokyo will be made entirely from recycled gadgets.

The plan is for the Japanese public to donate old phones and other small appliances. This will help gather 2 tonnes of precious metals needed for the 5,000 medals required.

Collection boxes will be placed in local offices and telecoms stores from April and will remain there until the metal required has been collected.

The idea was first tabled by members of Japan’s Olympic organising committee in 2016.

Yet Japan, which lacks its own mineral resources, is keen to take the theme of a sustainable future a step further. The project is designed to promote sustainability and reduce costs.

“A project that allows the people of Japan to take part in creating the medals is really good,” said Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi.

“There’s a limit on the resources of our earth, so recycling these things will make us think about the environment.”

Japan’s new medals will not be the first to be produced using recycled materials. According to the International Olympic Committee, the 5,130 medals produced for the 2016 Rio Olympics were made from 30 percent recycled metals. Silver was extracted from mirrors, solder and x-ray plates whilst copper for the bronze medals came from waste produced by the Brazilian mint.

Tokyo 2020 has said it will be the first games where all of the gold medals are produced entirely from recovered metals.

It’s great to see eWaste recycling being used on such a big platform. Hopefully it will inspire more organisations to follow suit and reduce the amount of eWaste sent to landfill each year.

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How Does Modern Technology Affect eWaste Recycling?

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As modern day innovation changes the way we work and browse online, eWaste recycling must adapt with it. One of the major developments is the Internet of Things, a topic that was discussed in great detail at this year’s International Electronics Recycling Congress in Salzburg.

50 Billion by 2020

Already, 15 billion devices are digitally connected with one another. Predictions suggest this number will increase to 50 billion devices in the IoT (Internet of Things) by the year 2020. This not only includes computers, tablets, and smartphones but also wearables, consumer electronics, and even vehicles.

Whilst this innovation offers consumers far greater convenience, it naturally requires businesses like Tier 1 to innovate with it. For example, many new ‘smart tech’ pieces have new materials built into them. These may be used because they are smaller, cheaper, lighter.

The issue with this though is that little research has been done into some of these more modern materials with respect to how they behave in the traditional recycling processes. A number of these new materials and additives could introduce new risks in terms of environmental protection and industrial health and safety if not handled carefully.

In addition to this, it’s often not so easy for the recycler to know which products have additives that might need special handling as these are sometimes kept secret.

Smaller & More Durable

It is important to remember, though, that these innovations are generally positive. As technology improves, the lifespan of devices is lengthening, leading to a reduction in turnover. In addition to this, devices are becoming smaller and more durable. This means that fewer materials have to be created which should hopefully ease pressure on the planet.

Devices becoming more durable may mean less work for us in the future but, ultimately, we want to ensure all IT hardware can be reused or recycled to stop any waste going to landfill. 

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#GoingCircular - Our Partnership With PwC

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At Tier 1 IT Disposal, we’re committed to helping businesses reduce their IT waste.

An example of this is the work we do with one of our fantastic client’s, PwC.

#GoingCircular

PwC, a multi-national business, are one of the largest professional services firms in the world.

With thousands of users, PwC generate about 27 tonnes of waste each year. This is a combination of laptops, mobile phones and data servers which, naturally, results in a lot of end of life waste to manage.

As part of their commitment to keeping their waste levels as low as possible, they have created the #GoingCircular campaign. Incredibly, 100% of PwC’s IT is either reused or recovered so nothing goes to landfill and nothing goes to incineration.

The #GoingCircular campaign is being used to highlight PwC’s ability to run a high level business without causing unnecessary strain on the environment by constantly buying brand new laptops and phones, and irresponsibly disposing of old ones.

Partnerships

PwC have teamed up with ourselves and S2S to responsibly dispose of all of their laptops, mobiles and tablets that are no longer required.

Wherever possible, we will refurbish and reuse any hardware that is sent to us. Reusing is far less time consuming and much more cost effective than recycling.

However, if a piece of hardware has reached the end of its life then we will make sure that every component is recovered - meaning that nothing goes to landfill.

Antz Junction

The good work doesn’t end when we decide it is time to recycle a piece of hardware.

Our partnership with Antz Junction means that any laptops and PCs that cannot be reused are sent to a Category B prison where inmates can undertake an NVQ in Recycling. All hard drives are removed prior to IT waste going to the prison to ensure complete data security. Then when we sell any of the components that come out of the computers, we donate part of our profits to the charity. This provides inmates with the opportunity of a career when they leave prison, giving them a second chance.

If you would like to find out more about the #GoingCircular campaign, or about the work that we do then you can either track the hashtag on Twitter, or call us on 0161 777 1000.

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Tier 1 & Antz Junction Leave Government Scheme in the Dust

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We at Tier 1 take our corporate social responsibility very seriously. Alongside our work with Computer Aid, we’ve also been working with Antz Junction to offer offenders a second chance when they leave prison.

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At Tier 1, we refurbish the majority of the IT hardware we handle. Sometimes a computer has reached the end of its life and cannot be refurbished. This is when we send it over to HM Prisons.

This is part of Antz Junction’s ‘Through The Gate’ program. Within the course, offenders are trained on how to safely and thoroughly deconstruct and dispose of computers.

As part of this course, the offenders receive an NVQ and often find work experience or a full-time job in the sector. We have seen fantastic results from this program, with 75% of participants going on to find employment or work experience.

Unfortunately, the Government’s own schemes are having less success.

£15billion…

The government’s own assessment of the prison system is that it fails to rehabilitate criminals or prevent them from reoffending. The cost to the taxpayer of reoffending stands at around £15bn per year in the criminal justice system alone.

Evidence given to the Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee made it clear that there is no single person who has responsibility for helping prison leavers into work. There was also no clear strategy for how different agencies, in different prisons, should work together to get ex-offenders into work.

3x More Success with Tier 1

Current government statistics show that 26.5% of prisoners enter employment on release. Therefore, our work alongside Antz Junction is three times more effective than the national average.

We’re extremely proud of the work we do with Antz Junction and all it takes from you is to recycle your old IT equipment with us.

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More Data Breaches Caused By Human Error Than Hacks

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According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) the biggest threat to your business’ data security is you and your staff.

Figures show that human error accounts for almost two-thirds (62%) of the data breach incidents reported to the ICO. This far outweighs other threats such as hacking and insecure webpages, which accounted for just 9% combined.

Human error in the disposal process

Human error can occur during many business processes but the report found that it was a particular issue in cases of insecure disposal of IT hardware and documents.

The most common type of breach occurred as a result of someone sending data to the wrong person. This report goes to show how important it is for businesses to have strict procedures in place for the handling of sensitive data.

High profile hacks

A lot has been made of the high profile hacks from the likes of Yahoo and the National Lottery, however, for many businesses the biggest danger is from within the organisation.

We know from experience that many companies do not have a plan in place for when a piece of IT hardware has reached the end of its use. This means that many are handing over sensitive data to people without the expertise to securely and effectively deal with it.

At Tier 1 IT Disposal, we’ve handled the disposal of computers and laptops for some of the UK’s largest blue chip organisations. Alongside this, we accurately track every device that enters our process, meaning you can keep records of your hardware as it is disposed of.

Watch the video below to find out why PwC, one of the largest professional services firms in the world, trust us to recycle their IT securely and efficiently.

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Blog: 2017 - The Year of the Refurb

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Cast your minds back to June 23rd 2016. The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union with a vote of 52%-48%.

Fast forward two weeks.

Lenovo announced that the vote to leave the EU would almost certainly cause an increase in computer costs in the UK. Read the original article on The Guardian.

The Chinese company’s chief financial officer, Wai Ming Wong, said: “To the extent that we need to pass things onto the customer, we will.”

He said Lenovo would also look for other ways to deal with the cost of the falling pound.

Shortly after that, Dell followed suit by quietly releasing the news that customers can expect around a 10% increase, as reported by The Register.

Next came Microsoft, whose price rise looks to be around 13%.

Then of course there was Apple. The release of their brand new MacBook Pro was used as a way to hike up prices.

Now, if you’re looking for a cost effective ray of hope in this inflation based darkness then here it is.

Through Tier 1 Online, we are able to sell much of the top quality IT equipment that we refurbish. The benefit of this is that it is sourced from within the UK. Therefore, we don’t have to deal with suppliers from abroad such as Dell and Apple. This allows us to keep our prices low. Whilst the cost of new equipment spikes, our prices don’t move.

One of the concerns we often face from new customers is that refurbished hardware is of lower quality than brand new kit. To alleviate that concern, our returns rate for used laptops is under 2.5%, which is lower than the rate for brand new equipment.

We currently supply and refurbish laptops for some of the biggest organisations in the United Kingdom. This includes large media companies, retail groups, accountancy firms and many more. In fact, given the current low value of the Pound, we’re even selling a high quantity of laptops across Europe as continental businesses look to take advantage of the reduced costs.

The economic downturn post Brexit was widely reported before and after the vote. Whether or not the ill-effects are felt in the long term is yet to be seen. A lot will depend on the deal that is made with the EU once article 50 is triggered.

However, in the short term, whilst the Pound to the Dollar sits at its lowest rate for over 30 years, if you’re looking to buy IT equipment - buy refurbished. You could make some significant savings.

If you’d like to browse what stock we currently have available, visit Tier 1 Online or you can call us on 0161 777 1007.

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Blog: English Recycling Rates Fall for First Time

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English Recycling Rates Fall for First Time

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Concerning statistics have been released which reveal that recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever.

The amount of rubbish sent to recycling plants by households had been increasing for more than a decade. However, the past three years have seen these figures flatline, and now they are unfortunately dropping.

Government figures show that the recycling rate in England dropped from 44.8% in 2014 to 43.9% in 2015.

EU Targets

These figures mean the UK is likely to miss an EU target of recycling at least 50% of its household waste by 2020. England’s size means it accounts for much of the rubbish the country produces.

In more positive news, Wales is far ahead of England with households recycling 61% of waste, while Scotland is on 44.2%.

Huge budget cuts to local authorities, who are primarily in charge of recycling have meant that the resources available to promote recycling have all but faded away.

The Perfect Storm

“2015 was a perfect storm for recycling, combining cuts to local authority budgets with declining commodity markets for recycled materials.

“Without policy intervention, England, in particular, would see a drop in the recycling rate,” said Jakob Rindegren, recycling policy advisor for the Environmental Services Association.

Bottom of the Pile

The worst offenders were the Newham borough in London which had a recycling rate of just 15%. On the other hand, South Oxfordshire district council had the highest, at 67%.

Tier 1 manage some of the largest and most sought-after IT disposal projects in the UK. If you have any computer hardware that you need to dispose of then call us on 0161 777 1000 or emails us at service@tier1.com.

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