This week (17-23 October) is National Recycling Week and at M Group Services, we are highlighting some of the recycling strategies we have in place to reduce our carbon footprint.

Today we’re focusing on our IT and mobile phone recycling schemes, available Group-wide, which have recycled or reused over 1,600 pieces of technology since March 2020. The scheme, run in partnership with Restore and ICT Reverse, has also helped us raise over £1,800 for North Herts Hospice Care Association.

Our commitment to recycling our IT and mobile phones ensures we are complying with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 which set out how individuals and businesses can reduce the amount of WEEE that goes to landfill by ensuring they are treated and recycled correctly.

Restore is responsible for recycling our hardware, such as monitors, computers and docking stations that are at the end of their life to repurpose and recycle, rather than going to landfill. We have been working with Restore since March 2020, the UK’s largest, highly accredited full-service IT asset recycling and secure disposal business.

ICT Reverse handle our mobile devices collecting them and recycling them or remarketing them for alternative use. Remarketing can involve refurbishing and redeploying the devices, dismantling and recovering the parts for reuse or resale or donating to charity.

Thomas Hedges, Group Commercial Asset Manager at M Group Services, said: “We reuse all fit-for-purpose IT equipment including computers, monitors, docking stations along with other IT peripherals. Very rarely is an IT asset taken out of circulation if it is in working order and can be utilised within the organisation. When we do, we want to make sure it is recycled or destroyed in the most secure and sustainable way.”

Our recycling complies with the latest WEEE Regulations 2013 and ensures that as a Group we are General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant.

Using these licenced WEEE recycling businesses helps with our commitment to decarbonise our processes, meeting our goal to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve net-zero before 2050.