We generate around 50 million tonnes of e-waste every year.
Technology is a powerful asset in the digital age. The latest devices have transformed how we communicate, work and access information.
However, as technology continues to advance and businesses upgrade their infrastructure, the issue of e-waste grows. The rapid turnover of electronic devices contributes to growing environmental concerns.
Most of this technology is still usable, yet tonnes of it ends up in landfills every year. As humanity’s impact on the environment becomes clear, green initiatives are crucial for moving towards a more sustainable future.
Sheffield has transformed itself from the ‘Steel City’ into a vibrant centre for technology and sustainability. Companies play an important role in this drive for sustainability by being conscious of their waste and how they dispose of it.
If you’re looking for a sustainable way to offload your unused devices, we’ve found some of the best places in Sheffield to donate or recycle old tech.
Aspire Community Enterprise is a social enterprise with the purpose of providing jobs and support for marginalised or vulnerable people. Through its WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling services, Aspire can offer support and training for employment for people who may otherwise not get the support they need.
Aspire is registered as a waste carrier and for WEEE refurbishment with the Environment Agency. Data destruction processes are carried out in accordance with ISO 27001. Local collections are usually free and include a duty of care waste transfer note.
Revive IT offers collections across Sheffield, including the city centre, Middlewood, Heeley and Woodhouse. The free service takes WEEE waste and recycles or destroys it in accordance with UK law.
Revive IT’s data destruction service ensures that any data on hard drives or SSDs is completely destroyed through physical destruction, software resetting or degaussing (removing the magnetism from the storage device).
S2S Group has operated for over 30 years in WEEE recycling. Its business is built on reliability and trustworthiness, carrying certifications like ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 and ensuring compliance with GDPR laws.
They offer a range of recycling services, including:
- Hard drives, SSDs and floppy disks
- Medical equipment
ecoIT operates across the UK, offering a free online valuation for e-waste collection. Their services include collection, secure data destruction with a certificate of data erasure and a detailed asset report.
They recycle a wide range of e-waste, including:
- Servers and server racks
CPR Computer Recycling offer free e-waste collections in Sheffield for all commercial, educational and government organisations. All products are tested, before they are graded, wiped and refurbished to be re-sold.
They use a certified sanitising program to securely wipe devices and ensure that all data is destroyed. Once items are collected, businesses are provided with a detailed manifest that shows CPR have taken responsibility for the equipment.
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