IT firm serves char­i­ties with its re­cy­cling ethos

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - GEOFF VAUSE

Fly dumpers drove all the way out to the Tua­ma­rina Track to drop a heap of com­put­ers and hard drives be­side the road re­cently.

They could have made a much shorter and more useful trip to a Blenheim IT firm play­ing its part in re­cy­cling re­dun­dant IT gear, with sev­eral char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ing from the process.

Ahzer Mir of Man­aged Com­puter Net­works at High St sends al­most all of the hard­ware as­so­ci­ated with PCs, lap­tops, servers, cell­phones, playsta­tions to a Welling­ton re­cy­cling com­pany which re­trieves the precious met­als - mostly gold and sil­ver - used in com­puter man­u­fac­ture.

Ahzer ac­cepts items from homes and com­pa­nies, with one large ac­count­ing firm re­cently send­ing dozens of screens, key­boards and hard drives af­ter a com­plete re­fit of their busi­ness.

‘‘Most of our clients are re­tir­ing stuff, and that goes to the re­cy­cling process,’’ Ahzer says.

He said a num­ber of precious met­als go into a com­puter, with gold and sil­ver the most read­ily re­trieved.

‘‘Sil­ver and even sol­der is re­cy­cled, but gold is the main one. It’s used in elec­tron­ics as its an ex­cel­lent con­duc­tor.’’

‘‘Sil­ver and even sol­der is re­cy­cled, but gold is the main one. It’s used in elec­tron­ics as its an ex­cel­lent con­duc­tor.’’

But there’s a prob­lem with print­ers. Mir said a lot of peo­ple want to get rid of old print­ers, but they don’t fit with the re­cy­cling process used by his Welling­ton part­ner Re­cy­cling for Char­ity.

Marl­bor­ough District Coun­cil’s E-Waste fa­cil­ity at Wither Rd col­lects all un­wanted elec­tronic goods, in­clud­ing print­ers, for a small charge.

The haz­ardous waste in­volved means IT re­cy­cling does not hap­pen in New Zealand. Re­cy­cling for Char­ity fills con­tain­ers which go to Belgium where the precious met­als and even bat­tery chem­i­cals such as lithium are ex­tracted.

Re­cy­cling for Char­ity sent 16 tonnes last year, with a re­turn to char­i­ties at around $25,000.

Char­i­ties to ben­e­fit in­clude Life Flight, Free Am­bu­lance, Child Can­cer and Red Cross.

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