14 September 2012 - A free IT recycling initiative for companies in East London’s Tech City (the UK’s version of the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley) is due to be launched by Shoreditch-based online transport marketplace Carbon Voyage.
The company has joined forces with RDC (part of Computacenter Group) for their recycling project. They aim to promote greater sustainability in the growing tech cluster in London’s Shoreditch area.
Carbon Voyage will look to provide an eco-friendly service for more than 3,200 IT firms within the Tech City area of London, This sector worldwide is estimated to generate a carbon footprint that accounts for more than 2% of global carbon emissions, with computers and other IT equipment becoming a major waste issue.
Companies that use the Tech City IT scheme will have their old equipment picked up for recycling and will be paid a residual fee for the equipment. If they choose to, they will be able to donate the proceeds to The Prince’s Trust which helps unemployed young people find jobs.
To minimise the carbon footprint of the new project’s pick-up service, collections will be consolidated using ‘Green’ vehicles that will transport the IT equipment to a recycling centre based in Essex.
Collection and logistics will be managed using Carbon Voyage’s online marketplace, which has already helped large businesses such as Tesco, Aegis Group and Transport for London to minimise the carbon footprint of their travel logistics.
If the initiative is successful within Tech City, RDC and Carbon Voyage plan to it to other parts of the UK.