UK ICT solutions provider Stone Group has launched an app to help organisations take a sustainable approach to IT – from hardware purchase through to end-of-life.
The Stone 360 app enables UK business and public sector organisations to manage the entire lifecycle of their IT assets. Organisations can use the app to arrange collection of their redundant IT equipment for secure recycling. Users can then track and manage rebates on their old IT assets and collect points to use to purchase new or refurbished IT from Stone Group.
Tim Westbrook (pictured above), director at Stone Group, explained, “It’s crucial that the IT industry does more to minimise its negative impact on the environment and we think it’s time resellers stepped up to the challenge. At the end of the day, it’s the resellers who have the customer relationships and sell them new hardware.
“While many resellers appear to champion the sustainability message, we see far too few back it up with real action. How many have invested in their own on site, fully accredited recycling facility? Very, very few as far as I’m aware. They think it’s ok to pass that responsibility off to a third party and that’s simply not good enough.”
At its ITAD facility in Staffordshire, Stone Group recycles or refurbishes IT hardware such as laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, servers, or other peripherals. The company’s team of skilled engineers securely process and wipe all items of any data using industry-leading software from Blancco and any items that can be salvaged are refurbished and resold.
Use of the ITAD service and the new app is completely free of charge. Users can choose to cash in the value of their recycled goods if they choose not to purchase new IT. Stone Group’s ITAD facility is fully accredited with certifications including ISO 27001: Information Security Management, ADISA Distinction, DIPCOG and Cyber Essentials.
The Stone 360 app is available now on both iOS and Android devices.