Recycling, Compliance & Sustainability
As an organisation, Data Eliminate is at the centre of a unique nexus of social, economic and environmental relationships which together determine our Sustainability Approach.
On one hand one of our mains sites is located in a run-down part of one of London’s must deprived boroughs with an immediate vicinity densely populated and dominated by ethnic based community and business clusters.
On another we interact HM Government Ministries, Police & Security Services.
Our London Zone 1 operating location means we are ideally placed to forge links with universities and students who are accommodated nearby.
Finally, we are committed to managing our significant environmental impacts and achieving our goal of zero waste to landfill.
Data Eliminate’s Operation Context
Data Eliminate operates a Sustainability Engagement Programme under our Environmental Management System which is ISO 14001 compliant and externally audited by UKAS accredited auditors.
The objectives of our Sustainability Engagement Programme to:
- Assist those who may be socially or economically disadvantaged
- Enrich our relationships by developing co-operation and understanding with the constituencies and communities with which we interact
- Work towards zero waste to landfill through the Waste Hierarchy and continual improvement to our waste/WEEE management, both internally and by supporting third parties with similar goals.
Below are some of the projects with which we have been engaged under our Sustainability Engagement Programme since 2012.
Data Eliminate Opened the First Walk-In Data Destruction ‘Clinic’ in the UK in Central London
The centre was recognized in the Green IT Awards in 2012 and is listed in the Catalogue of Security Equipment.
The environmental, economic and social sustainability of the project was summarised as below:
The location of the destruction centre minimizes the potential carbon footprint of customers visiting the facility and keeps delivery and collection vans off the streets reducing dangerous emissions. The facility’s location was specifically selected for its central location and its excellent public transport links. It is within 200 yards of a tube station, mainline station, one of London biggest bus hubs, a cycle superhighway and Barclays Bicycle Hire Stations.
Data Eliminate has advanced management systems incorporating ISO 14001 (Environmental), ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 2700 1 (Information Security) which instil a ground-up focus on environmental responsibility, customer satisfaction and data security. This provides a platform for continual improvements in environmental performance driven by employee, customer and community feedback.
Through its Integrated Management System, the Company has identified its significant environmental impacts as the treatment of data cleansed media and other WEEE residue. Specially designed training programmes, policies and procedures are in place including a relationship with an Authorised Treatment Facility aimed at achieving effectively 0% landfill outcomes for the company’s WEEE waste.
The facility is inconspicuously located within and next to Railway Arches reducing the environmental impact on the local area.
Assistance to Local Latino Community in London Borough of Southwark
Data Eliminate’s premises are located in the heart of a Latino social and economic hub is one of London’s most deprived boroughs. Our neighbouring businesses are nearly all owned by individuals of South American heritage who serve their local community by providing services such as food, hairdressing, tailoring an and computer repairs. Overwhelmingly, our neighbours are Spanish speaking and find it hard to engage with the local authority and other bodies due to cultural differences and language barriers.
Southwark Council recently proposed the construction of a large building which would have adversely affected the amenity of the Latino community in the immediate vicinity of Data Eliminate’s premises and damaged the businesses therein.
Data Eliminate arranged meetings with local councillors and town planners at its premises to enable its Latino neighbours to raise objections directly with representatives of the Council. Our translator drafted and wrote objection letters on behalf of local business owners.
The work was successful in securing the withdrawal of the damaging planning application. Data Eliminate remains in communication with its Latino neighbours in anticipation of the Council’s future development plans.
Partnership with the British Military’s Ex-Services Careers Organisations
Data Eliminate works both directly and indirectly with ex-services organisations to assist current and future army leavers to identify careers which may be suitable for them when they leave the forces and to find jobs.
Our contribution is illustrated by our attendance at a Career Planning Event in Aldershot in 2014 where selected employers explain the various career paths they are able to offer service leavers. The niche nature of the service Data Eliminate offers distinguishes us from many corporate employers and generates a lot of interest and requests for further information following the event.
With regards to direct engagement with the armed services, Data Eliminate’s regularly employs service leavers who are being given adapted training and coaching to aid their transition into civilian working life.