Illegal re­cy­cling has many vic­tims

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

IT’S a WRAP – Are you switched on to re­cy­cling this week?

As part of this year’s re­cy­cle week, as the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the S2S Group, I would like to en­cour­age read­ers to think about not just this year’s theme of re­cy­cling in the home, but for busi­nesses to think about who they use for re­cy­cling.

Ex­port­ing mil­lions of com­put­ers to e-grave­yards over­seas is not a vi­able so­lu­tion and I would urge any­one con­sid­er­ing a ‘free or cred­ited’ IT dis­posal or re­cy­cling ser­vice to sat­isfy them­selves as to the ac­cred­i­ta­tions and li­cences of the com­pany.

At S2S, we deal with the safe re­moval, de­struc­tion and dis­posal of IT as­sets and data, so there is no ex­cuse for tak­ing the illegal route.

Aside from en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, data is not de­stroyed un­til the hard drive con­tain­ing it is phys­i­cally de­stroyed or erased by an ac­cred­ited com­pany us­ing ap­proved soft­ware with the rel­e­vant cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Thanks to new UK sen­tenc­ing guide­lines, any com­pany us­ing a ‘man in a van with no ques­tions asked’ can ex­pect the full force of the law. Illegal re­cy­cling is not a vic­tim­less crime and profit from e-grave­yards sup­ports or­gan­ised crime in the UK.

The fines and le­gal im­pli­ca­tions make e-grave­yards not worth the risk. Busi­ness can’t af­ford it, the chil­dren in these coun­tries can’t af­ford it and the en­vi­ron­ment can’t af­ford it. We all need to dis­pose of our e-waste legally and re­spon­si­bly.

To make a pos­i­tive change, we all have to take re­cy­cling se­ri­ously and the home is a great place to start. The only le­git­i­mate ex­port in this field is our at­ti­tude to the Letters to the Editor, Buck­ing­hamshire Advertiser, Trin­ity Mir­ror South­ern, c/o Trin­ity Mir­ror Colour Print, St Albans Road, Wat­ford, Herts WD24 7RG re­spon­si­ble dis­posal of un­wanted goods. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about data de­struc­tion and WEEE re­cy­cling, see our web­site at www. s2s.uk.com or con­tact info@ weee-re­cy­cler.co.uk, al­ter­na­tively, give us a call, on 01709 878878.

ALAN DUK­IN­FIELD Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor

S2S Group

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