The average data centre produces in excess of 5 tonnes of cardboard and paper rubbish each year, so recycling can be a ‘quick win’.
Also, take positive steps to reduce the problem at source by encouraging suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging. Think about ways of recycling IT equipment.
An estimated 1.5 million computers are buried in landfill sites every year according to DEFRA – you wonder how many telephone handsets are buried too!
Question whether memory can be re-deployed, and whether printer cartridges, hard disks, cables, and racks be re-used or recycled.
Of course, UPS batteries must be recycled but look for other opportunities around the data centre – do damaged floor or ceiling tiles have to be sent to landfill?