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Is covid 19 making you consider downsizing your office space and allowing employees to work from home?

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In these uncertain and challenging times businesses are looking at ways to cut costs and streamline their business models. One of the first steps seems to be allowing employees to set up and work from home and this could become the norm in the future. The savings are two pronged one for the employee cutting down on travelling and social costs and for the companies the opportunity to downsize there office space and make massive savings on rent and rates.

Many companies can help fund this new business model by utilising there current desktop technology and offering it to employees at home or use a company like www.BUY-IT-BACK.com to come in and Buy Back there office Servers, Switches, hdd storage, desktops, monitors,  IP phones etc to help fund new laptops for home use.

If you have excess I.T or telecoms hardware please feel free to contact us for a free valuation. tel 01621-786860  or www.buy-it-back.com where there is an enquiry form.

Can You Recycle Apple Computers?

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There seems to be a never ending battle in the Buy IT Back office about Apple vs Microsoft (or Android) tech. The trendy designer types amongst us simply love their Mac’s, whereas anyone who wasn’t born with an inbuilt knowledge of InDesign tend to love their Microsoft or Google products.

But whatever you preference, there is often the same issue to overcome when it’s time to upgrade to the latest product – what do you do with your old Apple equipment? Can you recycle old Apple computers?

Apple themselves offer a Trade-In scheme which promises that you can trade in your eligible product for credit off your next purchase, or an Apple gift card. However, the key word here is ‘eligible’. According to their website you could get up to £610 for a MacBook Pro, but one would imagine that this may only be possible for a MacBook that you bought one day, didn’t even take out of the box and then traded in the day after! Although we haven’t tested this premise and so can’t say for sure 🙂

Apple will also offer to recycle any of their products that aren’t eligible for trade-in for free, which is certainly better than them ending up on landfill. However is this really the best option for you, if you are looking to recycle your old Apple tech?

Here at Buy IT Back we are completely committed to ensuring that as little unwanted IT equipment goes to landfill as possible, and so if Apple’s official trade-in or recycling scheme is the right choice for you then that’s great. However, especially with older equipment or that which is broken or not running correctly, it might just be worth giving us a shout before you go down the official Apple route. 

In many cases Buy IT Back are able to offer you a higher price through our buy back scheme than you would get from Apple, and we can also help you to recycle any other unwanted IT or telecoms equipment too.

So next time you are looking to recycle Apple computers or other tech, contact Buy IT Back and see just how much your unwanted Apple equipment could be worth.

How To Make Your Office More Energy Efficient

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These days it is becoming increasingly important to cut our carbon footprint. There are lots of guides, hints and tips out there about how to do this in your home; choose A rated appliances, switch to LED lighting, drive an electric or hybrid car, move towards a more plant based diet and decrease your single use plastic.

However there is often one large area of our lives which is overlooked – the office.

There are in fact lots of ways in which your office or other workspace can cut their carbon footprint, so check out some of our top tips below.

Switch to LED lighting

Simply replacing your existing light bulbs and fluorescent strip lighting etc with LED’s can have a huge effect on the amount of energy that is used – sometimes reducing it by up to 1/30th! There is a slightly higher price to pay to install them in the first place, but the reduction on your energy bills alone will have them paying for themselves in no time.

Turn off the lights

The next step to reducing your lighting power bill even further is to turn off lights when they’re not being used. Lights in communal areas such as kitchens, toilets, corridors and stairways are often left on all the time, but this is a huge waste of energy. So the next time that you’ve finished making a cup of tea, turn the light off when you leave.

Reduce vampire energy consumption

Don’t worry, it’s not quite as bloodthirsty as it sounds! Vampire energy consumption refers to the amount of power that is used by electronics that are left plugged in when they are fully charged, or for chargers and power cables that are left plugged in at the mains when they’re not otherwise being used. This pointless use of power is a super easy win when it comes to reducing the energy consumption of your office.

Choose energy efficient computers

Next time you are upgrading your office computers, along with checking speed and power why not also consider how energy efficient they are? These days many computers and laptops are designed with power saving functions in mind. For example, some use extra low amounts of power when in sleep mode, have special power saving modes and use energy efficient power supplies. But it can also be as simple as choosing a laptop with a super long battery life over a desktop which will be plugged in all the time.

If you do decide to move to more energy efficient computers and other electronics in your office, make sure that you also think carefully about what you do with the old ones, as them simply ending up on landfill is actually going to be far worse than you continuing to use them!

Buy IT Back are specialists in green electronics disposal and computer recycling who can even offer you a buy back service for taking your unwanted electronic items away and dealing with them in the most carbon friendly means possible.

To find out more contact Buy IT Back today.

Is GDPR Still Applicable When The UK Leaves The EU?

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I’m sure you are already aware that the UK is finally set to leave the EU on January 31st, 2020. However, one of the many things causing confusion is whether or not the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will still be applicable after this date or can they just be ignored? 

To help clarify the position for UK businesses the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have issued advice urging companies to continue to uphold GDPR as part of their ongoing systems and processes. In an official statement in 2018 after the UK decided to leave the EU, the Information Commissioner’s Office explained that the Data Protection Act will remain as part of UK law but that GDPR may not continue to be applicable. However, they also stated that if the UK wishes to successfully negotiate a trade deal with the EU then they will need to deliver equivalent assurances around data protection, which could be interpreted as the UK requiring to enforce data protection laws that are equal to the European Union.

The full details of the Information Commissioner’s Office statement can be found here: “With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens. The ICO’s role has always involved working closely with regulators in other countries, and that would continue to be the case.”

Most businesses in the UK will trade with EU customers to some degree or another and will want to see this relationship continue and grow. If your business falls into this camp then you need to continue to provide the same level of data protection as the EU and this means adhering to GDPR. GDPR is applicable to any business that works with EU customers, whether you are an EU member state or not, also, leading experts predict that as it leaves the EU the UK will develop its own data protection laws that closely mirrors those specified by GDPR. As a result the most sensible approach for any UK business to take as we leave the European Union is to continue to adhere to the standards of GDPR, it will future proof your business and ensure a high standard of service for all of your customers.

How Can Computer Recycling Help With GDPR?

In basic terms, GDPR makes you and your business responsible for the security and handling of your customers data and this also applies to data that you are no-longer using. So as your IT equipment comes to the end of life it’s important to not only consider the environmental impacts of your computer disposal but also the secure deletion of any personal data it has stored. It is for this reason that it’s important to engage a professional computer recycling company like Buy IT Back when disposing of any IT equipment.

For more information on how Buy IT Back can ensure that you are GDPR compliant please call us on 01621 786860 for some free advice or contact us here.

Merry Christmas!

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We would like to wish all of our customers, past,  present and future, a very Merry Christmas from everyone here at the Buy IT Back team.

We know that answering the question of what to do with your old or unwanted IT and other electronic equipment is unlikely to be at the forefront of your mind over the festive period – but please give us a thought when everything gets back to normal in the new year!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2020 – and here’s hoping that no photocopiers come to any harm at the office Christmas party – but if they do, just give Buy IT Back a call and we can help you to effectively recycle it 🙂

5 Reasons To Move To The Cloud

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Is it time for you to say goodbye to your dusty server room and move towards mobile, agile cloud based computing?

It’s cheap

Instead of having to cover the costs of running, maintaining and seemingly constantly upgrading your servers and data centres, you can simply hold everything online or in the cloud. Yes you will have to pay for the pleasure of doing so, often as a monthly or yearly subscription, but this will usually work out cheaper, especially if you shop around and maybe even haggle a little.

It’s flexible

In the modern workplace more and more companies and employees are choosing to work in a much more agile manner. Gone are the days of the 9-5 sat at your desk and only ever working from there. By moving to the cloud all you really need is a laptop, or sometimes just a smartphone, and an internet connection and you’re good to go. With a few simple clicks and the odd password, your entire desk is at your fingertips whenever or wherever you are. And with mobile conferencing services such as Skype, Zoom or Hangouts your colleagues can be there too!

It’s scalable

In the old days when your business grew you often had to invest in significant amounts of new hardware to be able to support them. However, by working in the cloud all you need is to buy a couple more licences and a laptop and you’re good to go. This also works the other way too, so if you’re business is going through a rough patch it’s usually quite quick and easy to downsize.

It’s backed up

Traditional IT systems often require complex and often expensive back up plans for your data, with the looming threat that it could all go wrong at any moment. But when you are working in the cloud then that’s where everything stays. Of course nothing is ever 100% safe and perfect, but it is far more likely for your servers to break than Google’s (other cloud providers are of course available!).

It’s got options

By working in the cloud you will have access to a huge range of different software platforms, service providers and cloud computing packages – much more than with traditional servers etc. It seems like these days there is a SaS (Software as Service) solution to any business need that you could ever think of, all of which are usually discoverable with a quick Google search and can often be even further customised to your needs.

So if we’ve got you convinced and it’s time for your business to switch to the cloud, what are you going to do with all of those old servers and other redundant IT equipment?

Buy IT Back has been at the forefront of computer recycling in London and across the UK for over 25 years and not only can we ensure that you unwanted computer equipment is treated with the highest levels of ecological sensitivity, but we can even pay you for the pleasure of doing so!

To find out more contact Buy IT Back today.

Can You Help To Stem The Tide Of E-Waste?

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The tech industry is one of the fastest moving in the world. With an almost continual stream of updates, new products and the latest must haves, there almost always seems to be a reason to upgrade and get your hands on the newest tech, whether you are a business or a consumer.

However this continuous tide of new products is producing a global crisis in e-waste. The World Economic Forum reports that globally around 50 million tonnes of e-waste are produced annually. That’s the equivalent tonnage in e-waste as all of the commercial aircraft ever produced. And the UK is in the top ten of e-waste producers, along with the USA, France and much of Scandinavia.

So how did we end up in this mess and what can we do about it?

What about repairs?

The repair industry for tech overall forms an incredibly small percentage of the annual turnover, this mainly being because tech is just so difficult, and often expensive, to repair. Apart from taking your cracked mobile phone screen to the little kiosk around the corner, when do you ever send broken electronics for repair? Or do you just give up and buy a new one?

There is currently a move towards considering introducing legislation meaning that some of the less complex electronics, including fridges, lighting and electronic displays, should be made more easy to repair with standard tools, but unsurprisingly this isn’t popular with manufacturers and so could be many years off – and it still doesn’t tackle the issue of many of our more sophisticated tech such as computers, servers, printers and telecoms systems.

Can we recycle more?

This is both a question for manufacturers and consumers. It is estimated that only around 20% of our electronic equipment is fully recycled, with the rest ending up in landfill or the incinerator.

So as consumers we certainly have a responsibility to ensure that our unwanted electronics are recycled, choosing specialist companies such as Buy IT Back to take on any business, corporate or organisational needs. However there is also a large part to be played by manufacturers. Electronics individually tend to use very small amounts of rare metals and minerals, but collectively this adds up to a huge drain on these dwindling finite resources. Up to 40% of the components for new electronics are still being sourced from newly mined resources, but it is estimated that the electronics industry could prevent 1 million tonnes of waste and save 14 million tonnes of CO2 emissions simply by using existing resources more effectively.

Make the right decisions

We have already mentioned the need to use specialist computer recycling companies such as Buy IT Back, many of whom even offer a buy back scheme for your unwanted electronic items, but it is also important to ensure that you are buying from reputable sources too. Challenge the company you are considering buying from to prove what percentage of their items are made up from recycled vs newly mined resources, and try to buy items that may have a longer shelf life than the usual year or two.

To find out more about our recycling credentials (and how we can even pay you for the pleasure of conscientiously recycling your unwanted electronics) contact Buy IT Back today.

How To Choose The Right Business Premises

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Finding the right premises for your business can be a difficult decision, whether you are first time business owners or you are relocating your business to even bigger and better premises. So check out some of our tips below to help you to find the perfect premises for your business.

Prioritise what you really need

Unfortunately it is very unlikely that you will ever find the absolutely perfect premises for your business, so at some point you will inevitably have to compromise. Therefore it is a good idea to draw up a list of one or two things that are absolutely vital and then work down from there to other points that would be good and then finally don’t forget to include some of the things that really don’t matter to you either way – you’ll be surprised how much that will help to focus your mind on the things that do!

Location, location, location

It may sound like a cliche but location really does matter. Whether you are looking to be easily accessible for your customers or to attract the right staff, your location should be a key deciding factor.

Buy or rent?

Whilst renting may feel like it gives you more flexibility, especially in the first years of a new business, it is always important to remember that it may not be as secure. Also you may find that in many areas, your monthly rent can far outweigh any mortgage repayments. Also by buying property this can be classed as a business asset, increasing the value of your business and acting as an investment for the future.

Legal considerations

Before you commit to anything make sure that you have checked out all of the legal considerations for your chosen property. Does it have the right licence, or have you ensured that you will be granted one? What about building safety regulations such as structural, fire, ventilation, heating and space? Also consider your premises’ accessibility and if there are any specific restrictions in your area such as waste disposal or unloading time constraints?

And finally, once you have found the right property for you, you then have to consider the practicalities and impacts on your business of the move – especially if you are relocating an existing business.

But don’t worry, it needn’t all be doom and gloom. An office move can be a great way to refresh your business, getting rid of all those cupboards full of things that you really don’t need any more and finding a space that really works for you.

Also many businesses will use a premises move as an excuse to upgrade their existing IT, telecoms and other tech. Rather than paying to move all of your old and unwanted IT and computer equipment to your new offices, why not start afresh with a great new set of kit?

But then what do you do with your old and unwanted electronics and what about the money that you could be losing by doing so? Well don’t worry! Simply contact Buy IT Back and we can work with you to clear out your old tech, ensuring that it is either recycled or reused to the highest environmental standards – and we can even pay you for doing so!

To find out more about getting paid for your old and unwanted IT, telecoms and other electronic equipment contact Buy IT Back today.

Conflict Elements – How Recycling Your Electronics Can Help To Save Lives

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Conflict elements is the term given to rare minerals and metals whose extraction has been linked to both environmental and humanitarian issues – and many of these are the elements that form the cornerstone of the electronics that we use in both our personal and professional lives.

Currently the list of conflict elements includes; gold, tantalum, tungsten and tin, with calls for further elements such as cobalt, silicon, aluminium, copper and lead to be added to the list of officially designated conflict elements. Each of these are finite materials with significantly diminishing amounts of them remaining in their natural state, making them a precious and valuable resource. However many of these elements are only found in countries with unstable political and economic climates along with significant concerns raised in their human rights records.

The four official conflict elements are mined almost exclusively (apart from gold, 60% of which goes to the jewellery industry) for use in the electronics industry:

  • Gold – as we saw in our last blog post, gold is used in electronics due to its high levels of conductivity and it’s low corrosion rates.
  • Tantalum – due to it’s high melting point, high levels of conductivity, low levels of corrosion and it being one of the few metals that is almost entirely resistant to acidic solutions, tantalum is prized for use in electronic capacitors and high powered resistors.
  • Tungsten – is a strong, dense metal that can retain a great amount of heat without melting. It’s main uses are in both electronics and aerospace applications, along with lighting filaments and heating elements.
  • Tin – having a very low melting point makes tin an ideal material for use in the soldering processes and compounds that are employed to connect elements in electronic circuit boards.

Whilst being incredibly important in the manufacture of electronics these elements are not only becoming rarer in the natural world, but are also most commonly found in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this area there is evidence that the mines producing these elements are controlled by violent groups who use the profits to finance armed groups or perpetrators of violence.

There are also reports of mines in conflict areas employing child labour, modern slavery and extremely hazardous working conditions to maximise the available profit, that then purportedly goes on to finance both sides of the bloody civil war that has been raging in the area for the last 15 years.

So whilst our reliance on electronics is increasing what can you do to avoid the use of these conflict elements? The obvious answer is to limit your use of electronics entirely, however this is hardly a practical solution. Another option is to ensure that the elements used in your electronics comes from a non-conflict source. However for most people this is almost impossible to do, as complex supply chains can muddy the waters and much of this information is difficult to access for the average individual.

However there is one simple step that could make a huge difference – recycle your electronics. There is currently estimated to be higher levels of many of the conflict elements locked up in existing (used or unused) electronic items than remaining in the ground, and with modern advanced recycling techniques incredibly high levels of these can be fully and effectively recycled.

So whether you are simply getting a new personal laptop or smartphone, or upgrading your companies entire IT system, ensure that any old or unwanted electronics are reused or recycled.

Buy IT Back are specialists in computer recycling, with more than 25 years in the business. This means that they can treat your unused electronics with the highest levels of environmental care, ensuring that they are either refurbished and resold (meaning an even lower carbon footprint) or fully recycled – and what’s even more, they can even pay you for doing so!

To find out more contact Buy IT Back today.

There’s Gold In Them There Electronics!

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Ok so the classic gold rush of California in the 1840’s and 1850’s may be long gone, but there is still a great need for gold today. Not only is it used for making jewellery, but gold is also a vital component in the creation of most electronics.

As gold is both a highly efficient conductor and does not tarnish or corrode, it is one of the few metals that could cope with the very low voltages that are used in electronics (so low that they could be easily interrupted by even the smallest amounts of corrosion). Therefore electronics that are made using gold are highly reliable and are now the norm in the manufacture of most electronics including computers, mobile phones, servers and many other pieces of electronic equipment.

However it is currently estimated that there is only 190,000 tons of gold left to be mined from the earth’s crust, and with current mining levels thought to be between 2,000-3,000 tons per year this means that gold is becoming an increasingly rare commodity.

But there is another plentiful source of gold. It is estimated that there is nearly 80 times as much gold in 1 ton of mobile phones alone as in an average gold mine, and that’s not to mention the amount that is held in other types of waste electronics. However it is thought that currently only 10%-15% of the gold that is held in unused or waste electronics is ever recovered, the rest either ending up in landfill or simply being left in cupboards and drawers.

The most startling fact is that there are some recycling techniques that are able to recover up to 95% of the gold used in an electronic device. The two main techniques used to recover gold from electronics are; pyrometallurgy, which burns the gold off at high temperatures, or hydrometallurgy, which uses a mix of chemicals to dissolve the gold. Admittedly some of these techniques can have negative environmental impacts of their own, but new techniques are being developed (one using acetic acid, which is found in regular table vinegar) which are much less harmful and in fact even cheaper.

However it is important to highlight that in some countries recycling processes are much less highly regulated and result in dangerous and toxic methods being used, exploiting cheap labour and often only resulting in at best 50% of the gold found in electronic items being recovered.

Therefore if you have any old, unused or unwanted electronics it is important that you not only recycle them, but recycle them correctly.

Buy IT Back specialise in recycling (or even better refurbishing and rehoming) your old computers, printers, servers and other IT and telecoms equipment. We then commit to treating them with the highest environmental standards, using cutting edge techniques to effectively and environmentally consciously recover all of their reusable components. And what’s even better – we can even pay you for doing so!

As we only actually strip down and mineral recover electronics as a last resort we are able to refurbish, recondition and resell most equipment (or the components thereof). This not only means even less waste and less energy used in the recycling process, but that we are able to pass some of the revenue that comes from the sales of refurbished items or components on to you!

So to find out more about how you can effectively, efficiently and environmentally consciously get rid of your unwanted electronics contact Buy IT Back today.

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