VOW has responded to feedback from resellers across the UK by enabling them to offer customers an expert workplace recycling service.
The leading business products and facilities supplies wholesaler, a member of the EVO Group, has broadened its offering by teaming up with national market-leading specialists GreensafeIT, one of the UK’s most highly accredited asset disposers.
VOW’s move means resellers can now offer end-users professional, safe, responsible removal, recycling and disposal of potentially hazardous waste – principally batteries, fluorescent lamps and electronic or electrical equipment. This is accompanied by a fully approved audit trail for added customer security.
The service complies with all law and regulation, including utilising the correct documentation, and will meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force next year.
GreensafeIT operates battery collections within industry-leading timescales. It removes the risk for customers of the serious issues that can be caused by factors such as leakages, short-circuiting or water ingress when batteries are recycled.
For fluorescent lamps, the company offers next business day deliveries and collections of the secure containers it provides. Its service includes the safe storage of hazardous waste streams, such as mercury within fluorescent tubes, one droplet of which would contaminate 30,000 litres of water beyond a safe drinking level. There is also a fully compliant and safe transport solution, with treatment being available for all chemistries, meaning every type of lamp can be recycled.
GreensafeIT’s electronic or electrical equipment recycling service covers numerous items needing a plug or battery, including TVs, kettles, vacuums, computers, printers and smoke detectors. Customers simply rent or buy containers and arrange for them to be exchanged when full, or schedule palletised collections.
Announcing the partnership, VOW managing director Adrian Butler said: “It’s a key element of our strategy that we work with resellers to enhance their sales and incomes wherever we can.
“Their feedback to us had clearly indicated the demand for a professional workplace recycling service and this development shows how responsive we try to be to them. Resellers finding a market for this addition will generate a continuous and guaranteed extra revenue stream.
“This widespread wish for a specialist workplace recycling service isn’t surprising, as legal and environmental compliance is an ever-changing area that can already cause headaches for any business.”
The alliance with GreensafeIT also makes a series of additional options available to VOW resellers on a project basis. These include: onsite services, such as data erasure and media shredding, involving items including hard disk drives, CDs and USB flash drives; the secure, safe and controlled removal of IT and telecommunications equipment during office relocations; and a portable appliance testing service for IT equipment and peripherals, delivered by National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers-certified engineers.
Also available on a one-off basis are: IT recycling, encompassing personal computer disposal and remarketing; onsite data erasure; and configuration and bonded storage.
Resellers wanting to take advantage of GreensafeIT services should contact their VOW account managers.