Leeds-based U Can Recycling is forecasting a profitable 2013 as companies across the country respond to strict new targets surrounding the recovery of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Purposefully established to focus upon WEEE – which is heavily regulated by the Government – U Can specialises particularly in the recycling of redundant IT equipment, and has recently expanded its services to include the secure destruction of data.
Latest estimates show that by 2019, the UK will need to be recovering and recycling some 65 per cent of WEEE from both businesses and households – preventing potential harmful materials from ending up in landfill.
U Can is licensed by the Environment Agency for the collection and disposal of WEEE, and has launched a free IT waste collection service for businesses across the UK to make the meeting of WEEE obligations as easy as possible.
Managing Director Rob Seal explains: “Businesses, colleges, banks, hospitals and local authorities need to carefully manage sensitive data, not only while it is in their possession but when it comes to equipment disposal too.
“That’s why we are expanding our WEEE recycling capabilities to meet what I anticipate will be a growing demand as we move through 2013. We have invested £65,000 in new confidential data destruction equipment that allows us to process IT waste to MoD level security. That’s how confident businesses and organisations across the country can be in our services.
“We are also establishing further partnerships with other waste transfer organisations throughout the UK, in order to develop more robust and competitive recycling networks for clients, regardless of their location.”
Based at Harehills, U Can is also the only designated collection facility in Leeds for the public to drop off their scrap household computers and IT equipment.
And established as a social enterprise, the company is creating jobs for the local long-term unemployed, especially younger people who are not in education, employment or training. It currently employs 10 people and is expecting to quadruple last year’s (2012-2013) turnover of £1.5 million.
Rob adds: “Companies are striving to work ever smarter as the country’s recovery from the recession continues. By travelling the length and breadth of the UK to tackle this waste management burden on their behalf, business owners and managers can concentrate on what is important – successfully running their organisation.”