How To Make Moving Offices Pay

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Moving offices is usually a very exciting (if not slightly stressful!) time. New premises often mean that the organisation is doing well and having to move to bigger or more prestigious premises, or that you are exploring a new market, or new challenge.

But as we have said, moving offices can also be incredibly stressful. Having to pack up everything (without losing it!), make sure that all of your staff are happy with the new location and deal with all of the admin of changing address and potentially phone numbers, along with negotiating new services contracts, can be very difficult for any organisation to cope with.

Along with all of that, moving offices can also be incredibly expensive. Never mind the expense of the new offices themselves, but there are also redecorating costs, the cost of buying the inevitable new furniture when you discover that your existing furniture doesn’t fit, not to mention the actual cost of hiring a removal company to physically shift all of the stuff.

It is therefore not surprising that many companies choose to upgrade their IT and telecoms equipment whilst moving. Not only does it get it all over with in amongst everything else, but it saves the expense of having to move old and potentially outdated equipment, only to have to upgrade it all within a year or two anyway.

So what are your options when upgrading?

One option is to contact your equipment’s manufacturer about getting an upgrade. This is often the first option that many organisations reach for as it seems the simplest, and often the only, option open to them.

However this is not always a great idea. Going down of the route of a manufacturer upgrade can mean that:

  • Your options are more limited – as you will only be offered a choice from that single manufacturer’s range
  • Expensive – a manufacturer upgrade will usually involve you having to pay for the new item, along with a removal/recycling charge to get rid of your old equipment
  • Is it really what you need? – an upgrade can make sense if you simply want a piece of equipment that does exactly the same as your current one, but is newer. But by doing this you are closing the door to potentially new and improved technology that you maybe didn’t even know that you needed!

What about a specialist computer recycling company?

Buy IT Back is one of the oldest and most respected specialist computer recycling companies in the UK, with nearly 30 years of business under our belts. And not only do we recycle computers, but we can also recycle your printers, servers, monitors, and all other types of IT and telecoms equipment.

There are a number of reasons why choosing a specialist computer recycling company such as Buy IT Back is a good idea:

    1. You know that your equipment is being treated in an ecologically respectful manner – Rather than simply being dumped into landfill, we are able to refurbish many of the components of your redundant IT and telecoms equipment and thus give them a new lease of life. If the equipment is beyond refurbishment then we are also incredibly knowledgeable regarding the safest and most effective ways of recycling the component parts of electronic equipment, ensuring that we are fully compliant with the WEEE Directive.
    2. We can pay you! – due to our ability to sell on refurbished equipment we are able to pay you a fair market price for the equipment that is simply making your office move harder. This can not only help make your office move less expensive but can also allow you to offset the cost of the equipment that you are planning on furnishing your new offices with.



So to find out more about how Buy IT Back’s Buy Back service can make your office move both easier and cheaper, contact us today.

How Do You Recycle A Computer?

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Whenever a company, business or other organisation no longer needs a computer, printer, server or other piece of electronic equipment they have a duty of care as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to ensure that it correctly disposed of.

Since the introduction of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2003 (which was then updated in 2014) it is no longer acceptable to simply dump your unwanted electronics into landfill. These items are now treated as ‘hazardous waste’ and thus have to be disposed of following strict guidelines, many of which focus around the requirement to recycle as many items or components as possible.

What’s in a computer?

Computers, be they desktop or laptop, as actually very complex machines which means that they are very difficult to recycle via traditional methods. Obviously it varies by type and model but most PC’s are made up of a combination of elements and components which can include around 23% plastics, 32% ferrous metals, 12% electronic boards and varying amounts of lead, glass and other non-ferrous metals. As a result of this it means that computers can only really be successfully recycled by specialist companies.

Does a computer have to be recycled?

In many cases it is actually preferable to recondition computers and other pieces of electronic equipment and their components, rather than undergoing the difficult, and often energy intensive process of recycling.

Here at Buy IT Back this is always our first port of call, not only because it is a more ecologically sensitive treatment of unwanted computers and other pieces of IT hardware, but also because there are many organisations, both in the UK and abroad, who will willing buy an affordably priced reconditioned computer, rather than buying something brand new. In fact it is through this method that we treat the majority of pieces of redundant electronic equipment, and this is how we are able to offer such competitive prices through our Buy Back scheme.

However in some cases there are components or entire pieces of unwanted IT or telecoms equipment that are unable to be reconditioned and resold, in which case we will move to our specialist recycling process. This involves carefully separating all of the different elements and treating each individually to allow it to be successfully reused.

What are the other options when it comes to computer recycling?

Since the implementations of the WEEE Directive, recycling via a reputable computer recycling company or service is now the only option allowable by law. The WEEE Directive itself actually puts much of the onus onto manufacturers and retailers to provide a sound recycling service. But in many cases you, as the consumer, will be charged for this.

However with nearly 30 years of computer recycling experience under our belts, Buy IT Back are able to offer a very attractive alternative via our Buy Back service. Simply as it sounds this means that we are able to assess the value that we, as computer recycling, reconditioning and reselling experts, are able to unlock from your unwanted computer equipment – and from this calculate what this equipment is actually worth and pay you a fair market price for it! This money could then go towards the cost of replacing the equipment that you thought that you may have to pay to get rid of!


To find out how you could benefit from Buy IT Back’s Buy Back scheme for your unwanted computer and electronic equipment, contact us today.

What Should Businesses Do With Their Unwanted Computers?

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All businesses, schools, charities, colleges and other organisations will make use of computer equipment at some point in their operations. However as we all know technology simply doesn’t stand still and most electronic equipment these days will have a shelf life of often only one or two years.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) was introduced into UK law initially in 2006 and then updated in 2014 to try and reduce the amount of electric and electronic equipment that was ending up in landfill. Not only was this putting a strain on the landfill capabilities of the UK but also causing a number of dangerous chemical and minerals to potentially leak into the soil and contaminate both the land and our water supplies.

The WEEE Directive puts an onus on manufacturers and retailers to provide an accessible way and effective way of end users being able to safely, environmentally and ethically deal with their unwanted electronic equipment. However this doesn’t mean that you as a user don’t have an obligation to ensure that you are sending your unwanted equipment to the right place, rather than simply dumping it straight into landfill.

However this can actually be easier said than done for many people and businesses, as they simply don’t know all of the options that are open to them when it comes to getting rid of their old computer and IT equipment.

The simplest answer is to send your unwanted equipment to a professional computer recycling company, such as Buy IT Back. This will mean that you can:

1 – Actually earn money by recycling!

Buy IT Back are specialists in the recycling and refurbishing of component parts of outdated IT equipment. This means that they can actually make money from the correct environmental treatment of your old computers – a profit that they can pass on to you!

2 – Advertise that your business is WEEE compliant

Showing that you are consciously considering your responsibilities to the environment and ensuring that your computer equipment is being properly recycled can really help to promote your brand and can actually help to bring in further business.

3 – Support start-ups and charities

In many cases the equipment that Buy IT Back is asked to recycle is actually perfectly serviceable for organisations with lower tech needs (such as some start-ups and charities) than those who are upgrading from them. In these cases Buy IT Back can simply wipe and then refurbish your old equipment and provide it to these worthy causes at a fraction of their market rate.

So to see if you could actually get paid to do the right thing with your unwanted computers and other IT equipment, contact Buy IT Back today.

Top Tips For Choosing A Computer Recycling Company

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As with so many things in life, not all computer recycling companies are created equal. So when it is time for you to upgrade to new equipment, but want to responsibly dispose of your old computing and telecoms hardware what are some of the most important factors to take into consideration?

Is the company WEEE compliant?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (2013) became law in the UK on 1 January 2014 and replaced the WEEE Regulations 2006. These are concerned with the collection, recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment, with targets being set for each of these.

In a nutshell this means that all electrical and electronic equipment is classed as hazardous waste and so must be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner so as not to add potentially hazardous waste to the environment. Here at Buy IT Back we were early adopters of the first set of WEEE regulations and continue to be strict followers of the revised 2013 regs. Through this length of experience we understand all of the subtle nuances of the directive and so you can be assured that any electronic equipment that we recycle is done in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.

How much equipment actually goes to landfill?

Unfortunately in some cases there are some pieces/components of electronic equipment that cannot be reused or recycled and so may need to go to a final disposal process, such as landfill or incineration. However the amounts that actually end up in landfill etc can vary significantly between different companies. At Buy IT Back we are committed to sending as little material to landfill as possible. Through our nearly 30 years in business we have built up a network of hundreds of avenues for the reuse or component recycling of all types of unwanted computer, IT and telecoms equipment.

Data treatment

Even if you believe that you have thoroughly deleted all of the information on your IT equipment before sending it for recycling, it is likely that traces of data will still remain. In this case it is imperative to have complete trust that the computer recycling company that you have chosen will securely and irreparably delete all data from your equipment before it is recycled or reconditioned. At Buy IT Back we are specialists in data destruction and so you can rest assured that all of your sensitive data will be completely secure.

Are you offered a buy back service?

Many computer recycling companies will charge you for utilising their service, however for many items of unwanted IT and telecoms equipment Buy IT Back are actually able to pay you for these items. This is because once they have been reconditioned they can be sold on, or even their component parts can be resold. It is only through having a long established network of contacts that Buy IT Back are able to find paying homes for some many complete or component parts of unwanted electronic equipment and so are usually able to offer a much more encompassing buy back service than many other computer recycling firms.

To find out more about our extensive buy back service for unwanted computer, IT, telecoms and other electronic equipment, contact Buy IT Back today.

Why Secure Data Destruction Is Important For Your Business

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For many people as soon as you mention data protection and GDPR a large groan is emitted accompanied by much rolling of the eyes. However as a business or other organisation this should be a vitally important aspect of your day to day operations.

Whether your organisation involves storing client details, payment information, test results or anything else about your clients and the operation of your company, these must be kept completely securely and good data protection practices are not just a moral, but also a legal, requirement.

However this legal requirement does not just apply to data whilst you are using it, but also to the treatment of any IT and other computer hardware or electronic equipment that has been used to store data, when it comes to the end of its life.

If you have decided to move away from storing data on a solid state hard drive to the cloud or are simply upgrading to a new model, it is imperative that you ensure that all data is completely, securely and irretrievably erased. This is not only to protect you and your client’s online safety, but a data leak could cause irrevocable damage to your brand and reputation.

While it may be tempting to think that you can delete any data yourself, in many cases even taking a sledge hammer to a piece of equipment can still leave some data accessible (not to mention being incredibly dangerous!) and is also likely to leave you in breach of WEEE regulations.

So what are your options?

  1. You can pay a specialist data destruction company to come and professionally wipe all of your data before you then send it off for recycling.


  1. You can contact Buy IT Back who are fully Blancco certified data destruction specialists and can also offer a Buy Back service for you unwanted IT and electronic equipment.

This means that not only will you have peace of mind that all of your data will be professionally deleted, but you can also rest assured that that your unwanted equipment will be recycled or disposed of to the highest environmental and ethical standards – and Buy IT Back are often able to pay you for doing this!

To find out more contact Buy IT back today.

Why Should You Recycle Your Old Computer Equipment?

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At some point all organisations will need to upgrade their computer equipment. This could be every few months, every year or longer, depending on how important it is that you keep up to date with new technology, or depending on available budgets.

But what you should do with your old or redundant IT equipment can be a challenge for many businesses, schools or other organisations. The simple answer is to simply send it all to landfill, however this is not actually as easy as it seems. Therefore recycling your redundant computer equipment is a much more appealing prospect. But what is involved in recycling your old electronics and why should you choose Buy IT Back as your IT equipment recycling specialist?

  • Computers and many other types of electronic equipment are classed as hazardous waste by the UK Environmental Protection Agency and so cannot simply be sent straight to landfill, but must be disposed of following strict guidelines.
  • Even though 99% of the components in most computers and other pieces of IT equipment can be recycled, large numbers of these still end up in landfill each year, which is putting a significant strain on the UK refuse strategy.
  • Many of the components of redundant computer equipment can be reused in the manufacture of new IT products. This not only saves energy through the reduced manufacturing time required, but can also mean that the prices of these new products is lowered.
  • Numerous of the elements required to build new IT equipment are becoming increasingly rare natural resources, therefore recycling existing elements significantly reduces the environmental impact of electronic product production.
  • Many charities, start-ups, social enterprises and other smaller organisations do not have the necessary budget to buy brand new cutting edge IT equipment. However they could still do great things with an older, but still functioning models. Therefore by simply donating your old computer equipment you can be looking after the environment and doing a good thing for someone else at the same time.
  • It is imperative that when disposing of your unwanted IT equipment that your data is completely, securely and professionally deleted. Even if you think that you have erased your data, in many cases traces of it can still remain. However computer recycling specialists such as Buy IT Back can guarantee to fully erase all of your data, before professionally recycling the equipment and its components.

And if that isn’t enough reason for you to trust Buy IT Back with all of your computer and IT equipment recycling requirements – we will also pay you for the privilege!

As we are able to reuse and recycle the vast majority of all of your redundant electronics we are able to buy your old computers and IT equipment off you, thus offsetting some of the cost of your upgrade.

So to find out more about how computer recycling with Buy IT Back is the right choice for you and your organisation, contact us today.

Are You Upgrading Over Christmas?

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With the wind down to the long Christmas break already upon us, many companies, businesses and organisations are planning on taking advantage of the holiday shut down to implement some much needed upgrades to their IT equipment and other electronics.

If you are one of these companies, have you thought about what to do with your soon to be redundant equipment?

There are many companies out there who offer a IT equipment recycling service. They will often come and collect your old equipment and take it away, before ensuring that any remaining data is securely erased. The equipment will then be stripped down and its components either reused or recycled, usually to the very highest of ecological standards.

However, whilst knowing that your old equipment will be being dealt with professionally and responsibly you will, also, being pay handsomely for this service.

However if you simply contact Buy IT Back we will take your old IT, computer and other electronic equipment, completely and irreversibly delete your data and then ensure that the equipment is recycled to the highest environmental standards and being fully compliant with current WEEE regulations – and we will pay you to do this!

As Buy IT Back are experts in electronic component reselling and recycling we are able to offset the cost of processing your redundant IT equipment and pass these profits on to you.

So if you want your company or organisation to start the new year with both a set of shiny new IT equipment and some shiny pounds in your pocket, then contact Buy IT Back today.

Merry Christmas From The Buy IT Back Team!

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Everyone at Buy IT Back would like to wish all of our customers and very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

Since celebrating our 25th anniversary last year, Buy IT Back has gone from strength to strength helping even more customers turn their redundant IT equipment into cash.

Whether you are upgrading your PC’s, telecoms systems or almost any other electronics, a quick phone call to Buy IT Back will start you on the road to generating some income, adhering to your environmental responsibilities, avoiding waste, and ensuring that your data is completely and securely erased.

Roger Martin, Managing Director of Buy IT Back, said:

“Christmas gives us all some time to stop and think about both the last year and our plans for the future. This year I will be doing both with a smile on my face. We have had a great year working with lots of new and existing clients to make their lives easier, taking their old IT equipment, securely and ecologically sensitively recycling it – and paying them for the pleasure of doing so! We are looking forward to working with even more clients in 2019.”

There’s no denying that 2019 may bring some challenges, economic uncertainty around the impact of Brexit and the continuing speed of technological advancements can make investing in new IT equipment both a necessity and a concern. However here at Buy IT Back we hope to make this process as easy, and a profitable, as possible for you. You can rest assured that we recycle all of your equipment to the highest possible standards, adhering to current EU lead WEEE regulations, and keeping abreast of any potential changes that may come.

So whatever 2019 brings for you, we are committed to making upgrading your IT equipment as easy as possible.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Buy IT Back!

Why You Should Recycle Your Old Apple Tech

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Recycling is a hot topic at the moment. Recent press articles and TV programmes such as the BBC’s Blue Planet have highlighted the huge negative impact waste has on our environment.

Crucially, just a few small changes can make a big difference, such as recycling. It’s important to make our environment a cleaner place, conserving materials, saving energy and reducing the amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Companies can play a key role in helping to reduce environmental damage by recycling their old IT kit, such as Apple equipment.

Help the environment

Many parts of your old Apple kit can be re-purposed to make new equipment. Often producing recycled materials requires less energy than the manufacture of new equipment. Recycling also conserves energy by reducing the need for transportation of raw materials, which also decreases greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle emissions during shipping.

Another important consideration is the safe disposal of the old equipment. At Buy IT Back, we ensure your old Apple equipment is disposed of in a safe and controlled manner. Our expertise gives you peace of mind that you are preventing potentially hazardous waste from entering landfill, which could damage plant and animal life with soil and water contamination.

Cashback for your business

We want to make the process easy for you and give you the opportunity to earn some money, while also securely recycling your old equipment in an environmentally friendly way.

Your equipment will be fully assessed by our professional team who will then provide you with a free competitive quote for its disposal and recycling. Plus, our cashback offer can provide a financial boost to aid your business.

What Apple equipment do we buy?

We are interested in a wide variety of Apple equipment including old MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis and iPhones. Please feel free to contact us if your equipment doesn’t appear on this list, as our team of experts will be more than happy to discuss the options.

Contact our friendly team via email or ring 01621 786860 for further information and to receive a free quote to recycle your old Apple equipment.



Effective computer disposal for UK businesses

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Following the introduction of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive in 2007, all companies are legally obliged to dispose or recycle their IT equipment safely and securely. So, whether you’re upgrading, relocating, downsizing or heading for the cloud, you need to bear this in mind.

At Buy IT Back we offer a professional and comprehensive service based upon 25 years’ experience, to effectively dispose of your redundant hardware. We specialise in buying back a large variety of redundant or unused IT hardware such as servers, printers, laptops, PC’s, monitors, networking and telecoms equipment.

Secure data disposal

Confidential data stored on hard drives and other devices is a prime target for thieves. And simply deleting the files isn’t enough to guarantee that the data will be properly erased. At Buy IT Back we provide data erasure and shredding services that adhere to the HMG Infosec5 Enhanced Standard and above. Our high levels of security aim to minimise the risk to your business and give you peace of mind.

Hassle free removal

We provide a hassle free service to remove your unwanted equipment to save you a great deal of time, effort and financial cost. Let us use our wealth of experience and UK-wide logistics network to easily collect and transport your old kit.

Promoting a greener future

Recycling your old equipment also helps to protect the environment in a number of ways. For example, by conserving natural resources and minimising the production of numerous greenhouse gases generated by new products. Plus, a growing problem in today’s society is the scale and number of landfill sites, which has serious implications for the local environment and our atmosphere. By using Buy IT Back’s recycling services, you can help maximise the re-use of Earth’s resources and help prevent tonnes of computer waste from going to landfill sites.

Contact us

Disposing of your IT hardware in an environmentally friendly manner ensures you are working within the law and meeting your corporate social responsibilities. Computer recycling could be the best option for your company, so contact us on 01621 786860 or via email to find out more.

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