Case StudyTotal Amount of IT Sent to Landfill: 0%
Robert Half, the world’s biggest temp agency with over 350 locations in the U.S., had a big challenge on its hands: Since all of the company’s offices operate independently, the offices were used to managing their e-waste on their own, which was making it really hard to track the company’s sustainability efforts.
Prior to working with us, due to the difficulty of managing multiple sites, the company had a practice of either sending its IT equipment to the landfill or recycling it.
With all of the offices operating independently, the company didn’t know how much e-waste was being disposed and executives were getting a lot of pressure from shareholders to be more green and report their sustainability efforts.
Rather than doing things the old way by working with multiple suppliers to have everything serialized, manifested, tracked and weighed, Robert Half enlisted the help of Surplus Service to develop a system for tracking its e-waste at all of its office locations.
After a several-month process of working with all these sites to streamline the e-waste disposal process, we started sending the locations empty, reusable boxes with return labels so they could easily fill up the boxes and send them back to us.
We then emptied the boxes and processed all the old electronic equipment. When the boxes were all used up, we recycled them. It was a win-win situation overall.
By the time we were finished helping Robert Half, the amount of e-waste the company was reusing went from 60% to nearly 90%.
The company was also able to go from a place where executives had no idea how e-waste was being disposed of at hundreds of locations to getting everything centralized and easy to report.
With this new information, the company was easily able to report to upper management and its shareholders on their zero waste efforts.
The following is a typical example of a zero waste report that highlights how much e-waste from the client was sent to the landfill, recycled and put through our UpcyclIT® process.
|Pallet / Item Qty||Destination|
|Robert Half||Keybaord and Mouse||44xx||1758||1857||Upcycle|
|Robert Half||LAPTOP BAGS||44xx||158||58||Upcycle|
|Robert Half||MONITORS STANDS||44xx||155||32||Upcycle|
|Robert Half||OFFICE PHONES||41xx||201||49||Upcycle|
|Robert Half||Power Bricks||44xx||1053||621||Upcycle|