Stone Group puts university on recycling path

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The University of Portsmouth has joined forces with public sector solutions provider, Stone Group, to revise and manage its IT recycling requirements.

Stone Group will establish responsible IT asset disposal policies that control the recycling of old equipment, keep data secure and ensure both compliance with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulations and avoidance of heavy fines.

Under the plan, the University can now provide its staff, students and friends of the University with the opportunity to purchase redundant hardware through Stone Group’s e-commerce portal, Encore. The equipment is offered at 30 percent less than market resale value and data erasure software firm Blancco, disposes of any sensitive data. Devices are restored to factory settings and uploaded to the portal for a set period of 30 days.

Stone Group operates its own in-house recycling and refurbishment facility, fully licensed by the Environment Agency, and is ADISA certified to distinction level against the enhanced ADISA ITAD Standard – the only hardware manufacturer globally to have achieved this status. Alongside this, every device that goes into Stone Group’s facility is fully managed to the ISO 27001 standard and has its data completely wiped in accordance with Impact Level (IL) 3 and Blancco regulations, for which it is a Blancco Gold Partner.

Gary Buxton, group operations director, Stone Group says: “We’re managing the entire lifecycle of the University’s technology and ensuring that it gets the maximum possible use, both whilst in situ at the University and after it has been secured and refurbished. Within the confines of new standards and regulations, public sector technology estates can now expect a far longer and more useful life. In combination with the other advantageous bi-product of recycling, financial savings, this renewed policy for Portsmouth can only improve its return on investment in technology and services.”

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