Tuesday, 1 September 2009

September 2009 - Reviewing Your Asset Management

Many IT managers see asset management as a complex process and one which tends to drift down their task list.

Streamlining your asset management can mean saving costs and improving budgeting. The implementation of the WEEE Directive has led to the belief among many IT departments that the onus for recording electronic waste rests primarily with their suppliers. In practice all organizations are responsible for their own electronic waste disposal and the appropriate recording of these disposals.

Points to remember:
Ensure all contractors are properly licensed by the Environment Agency.
Keep proper records of each disposal including transfer notes, audits where appropriate and certification of disposal.
Let your contractor know what type of audit you require before collection and processing
If you think there is value and your equipment might be resold, try to give as much information as possible on the specifications.
Have regular audits of your inventory to enable you to take advantage of potential resale values of your equipment.
Check you have the relevant site registrations up to date e.g. Hazardous Waste registration numbers.

We know that most of our clients are on top of their asset management systems and if we can help in any way to bolster these systems, do get in touch and let us help take the headache out of managing your IT assets.


Kind regards

Isla Rowley

isla@londonfacilities.co.uk
Tel +44 1672 511112
Fax +44 1672 511113
www.londonfacilities.co.uk

Saturday, 1 August 2009

August 2009 - Looking for Stock

We have some enquiries from buyers looking for some used IT hardware including:

HP Laserjet 2400 series
HP servers
HP Pavilion notebook
Cisco ACE
Cisco memory
Nortel 5510 switch or similar
Dell laptops

If you have any items for disposal and you think they might have value please call/email us with details.

For helpful and flexible service contact us for specialist advice on all aspects of IT disposals, resales and asset management issues.

Wishing you a good summer and looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Isla Rowley

isla@londonfacilities.co.uk
Tel +44 1672 511112
Fax +44 1672 511113
www.londonfacilities.co.uk

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

July 2009 - Keeping to the Rules

A recent article in the Guardian about abuses of the WEEE Directive and the problem of shady scrap touched on the difficulties faced by some of the 500 companies that joined the government disposal schemes.

With the collapse in metal prices as a result of the recession and the fact that some of the larger players invested heavily in special equipment for stripping and recycling equipment, the companies that are running systems for safe reclamation of materials are being affected by the less scrupulous operators.
The problem, according to the bigger players, is that those groups have a vested interest in paying the cheapest price for that process and there is no cost to recycle equipment that has been marked as working and reusable. Enter the shadier side of the scrap metal business. A large amount of the scrap is therefore making its way abroad and having a detrimental effect on the environment and workers in the industry in other countries.
Producers of waste need therefore to be confident that the disposal companies they use are fully compliant and provide the requisite paperwork for collections. London Facilities and our partner CRS are committed to ensuring best practice in the clearance, resale and disposal of your redundant IT hardware. If you have any questions about our processes or services we would be delighted to help.
For helpful and flexible service contact us for specialist advice on all aspects of IT disposals, resales and asset management issues.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Isla Rowley

isla@londonfacilities.co.uk
Tel +44 1672 511112
Fax +44 1672 511113
www.londonfacilities.co.uk

Monday, 1 June 2009

June 2009 - World Environment Day (WED) 2009

Mexico is the host for the World Environment Day 2009 on 5th June. The theme this year is Your Planet Needs You - UNite to Combat Climate Change.

The focus includes helping people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development and focusing on the pivotal role communities play in changing attitudes towards environmental issues.

WED was established in 1972 by the UN to promote worldwide awareness of the environment and stimulate political action towards protecting the environment.

Mexico is a main partner in the UNEPs Seven Billion Tree Campaign to which aims to see one new tree planted for every person alive by the time of the Copenhagen Climate Convention meeting later in the year.

London Facilities ran a competition for best tips on paper saving and these were the rather more useful and interesting suggestions:

Dont use paper cups.
Use your shredded paper for hamster cage padding.
Buy two ply toilet paper and pull the sheets apart...
Write on both sides of the paper.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Isla Rowley

isla@londonfacilities.co.uk
Tel +44 1672 511112
Fax +44 1672 511113
www.londonfacilities.co.uk

Friday, 1 May 2009

May 2009 - A new use for computer components

London Facilities is teaming up with CRS in Essex to donate computer components to build a 10ft high robot which will be used to promote a new game for the latest Transformers movie. It will be made out of old computer bits including server cabinet parts, racking and the like. We will keep you posted on the launch.

LFL has been involved with similar projects in the past, providing free computer spares to students studying computer electronics back in the 1980s and donating computers to schools.

CRS work alongside LFL in the transportation and recycling of all electronic and computerised equipment to provide a complete secure service for asset disposal.

LFL continue to specialise in helping our clients to maximise on their IT budget by securing best prices for second hand traded goods and keeping costs down on all disposals.

And a small amusing take on what you can recycle from a US newspaper:

Tombstone. Standard Gray. A good buy
For someone named Grady. 505-378-xxxx

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Isla Rowley

isla@londonfacilities.co.uk
Tel +44 1672 511112
Fax +44 1672 511113
www.londonfacilities.co.uk