World Environment Day – Our committment to helping the planet

Today is a very important day. World Environment Day is held on June 5th every year. It isn’t a public holiday, it is an environmental awareness day, run by the United Nations. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues.

Wight Computers are passionate about protecting the beautiful environment of the Isle of Wight where we work and live. We know we have a responsibility to reduce our impact upon it and encourage our business partners and the companies we work with to do the same. That’s why we have recently signed up to the Transition Island pledge, detailed below.

This World Environment Day we wanted to share some of the measures that we take to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Reduce

  • We are conscious about not using excess or non-recyclable packaging and this is part of our process when choosing a supplier.
  • Our office at the Innovation Centre is powered by solar during the daytime.
  • By ensuring non-critical equipment is turned off at the end of the day we not only reduce our energy usage (and bills!) but help save our planet too.

Reuse

  • When a customer replaces their old equipment with new, where possible, we try to retrieve and reuse any perfectly good parts to save them being wasted.
  • Everything else is recycled by WEEE* registered electronic equipment recycling waste management specialists, Jadestone, who confirm that only “0.05% of this waste goes to landfill”.

Recycle

  • All recyclable packaging e.g. cardboard & plastics are put in a recycling bin at our premises.
  • All electronic waste including whole computers and computer parts are collected by local recycling specialists Jadestone.
  • This waste is taken to the mainland, shredded and sorted into individual components e.g. copper, for recovery.
  • Hard drives are shredded so that data can never be retrieved or reconstructed. A certificate of destruction can be provided.

* WEEE – The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive put in place by the European Community to promote the collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods and equipment. 

Transition Island Pledge

Transition Island aims to improve the Isle of Wight’s sustainability, biodiversity, quality of life and to promote ethical living for the future. We have signed their pledge and encourage other Island businesses and individuals to do the same.