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Who cares where WEEE goes when it leaves us?

Whether we care or not, the negative impact human beings are having on our planet, is becoming more and more evident. We are exposed to the extreme consequences of our actions, or inaction, daily and are running out of time to positively influence the future. There are only a finite amount of raw materials remaining on the planet, so shouldn’t Recycling rank higher, on our list of priorities?
According to The WEEE Forum, an estimated 50 million tonnes of e-waste will be generated globally this year. Half of this is personal devices such as computers, screens, smartphones, tablets and TVs, with the remainder being larger household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. The sad news is that it is expected that only 20% of global e-waste will be recycled each year. This means that 40 million tonnes of e-waste per annum is either placed in landfill, burned or illegally traded and treated in a sub-standard way.
As an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF), Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG) are always adapting the products and services we offer our customers, In order to meet the growing demand and appetite for Compliant Recycling. One area in which we have noticed a considerable increase in activity, in order to adhere to recently introduced regulations, is around the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Whether it is the potential fines or the security implications of ineffective data disposal that is driving the changes, many companies are now taking the management of GDPR very seriously.
A common misconception is that erasing information from data bearing devices such as hard drives, memory devices or mobile phones, is a secure and fail safe method of data disposal. Unfortunately this is not the case and would it surprise you to know that even after using software to erase/overwrite data, the original information could still be recovered?
We have developed a straight forward ‘DataPod’ which allows you to easily compile your data bearing devices and we offer a tracked collection service. Our process includes the removal of the data from the devices, destruction of the devices and recycling of the component materials, before providing a Certificate of Destruction.
We are passionate about what we do, as well as how we do it and sincerely hope that we can raise the general awareness of the benefits associated with recycling electrical/electronic waste.
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As part of the BBC’s DIY SOS: Big Build project, Mackwell provided its emergency lighting systems and technical expertise to an ambitious project to create the North Kensington Community Centre and rebuild the Dale Youth Boxing Club which was destroyed in the Grenfell Tower fire.
The team at DIY SOS: Big Build, led by presenter Nick Knowles, was determined to do something to help those involved to recover from the trauma and devastation of the fire. After consulting with the Grenfell community, a plan was put in place to build a bespoke facility to provide both the community space and a new home for the Dale Youth Boxing Club, which was previously located on the second floor of the tower.
Architect Featherstone Young offered its skills to the project pro bono and many other companies, including the main contractor Galliard Homes, donated goods and services to a value approaching £2 million.
Featherstone Young’s design for the boxing club includes a mezzanine level, a boxing ring, training and gym area, changing rooms, showers, and WCs. The two-storey community centre, comprising two large halls and a kitchen, has been designed to the practice’s ‘baggy space’ concept, meaning it can be adapted according to the community’s needs. The two new buildings, which have become known as Bay 20, are located under London’s Westway fly-over and were completed in just nine weeks.
Hoare Lea volunteered its expertise, providing MEP, Lighting Design, CGI, Acoustics, Fire Engineering, Utilities & Energy, Vertical Transportation and Sustainability consultancy services.
Mackwell was invited to be involved in the project by Dominic Meyrick, Partner at Hoare Lea with particular responsibility for lighting design. Hoare Lea and Mackwell have a long-standing relationship and Mackwell was an obvious first port of call for emergency lighting. Meyrick explains, “Mackwell has a fantastic range of emergency lighting products and it was great to be able to turn to them for help when designing the lighting scheme, knowing you can rely on the lighting industry to step up.” 
A variety of Mackwell’s emergency lighting luminaires were used across the two buildings. Dominic Meyrick comments: “Emergency lighting should be clean and unobtrusive and Mackwell achieves this in a luminaire that is essentially ‘a really clever box’.” Mackwell’s non-maintained emergency lighting with LED was specified and these incorporate an inverter and small battery packs. In particular, the Maxwell XYLUX LS IP65 fitting was used because it can be placed in high ceilings, mid-height ceilings, open areas and escape routes, with optics tailored to the light distribution required.
Dominic Meyrick of Hoare Lea worked with Rene Joppi, Commercial Director at Mackwell over the course of the project. Rene comments, “We were privileged to work on this DIY SOS: Big Build project and hope that our efforts in some way help to heal the community for the future.”
The project was completed for the big reveal on Bank Holiday Monday 28 May 2018. Grenfell Tower survivors, the wider Grenfell community and members of the Grenfell Youth Boxing team were invited to see the new facility. They were clearly overwhelmed by the fantastic facilities and the generosity of those who had donated goods, services and time.
Nick Knowles said, “It is the biggest and morally the most important project we have done in a long time. What we have done here won’t take away the pain people feel but it will help re-build their community.”



Lighting can account for up to 50% of a store’s total energy costs, so making the most of this undervalued resource makes sound commercial sense. Sylvania has launched a new interactive guide - ‘A Public Display of Acumen’ - to highlight how lighting can play a significant role in optimising both the customer experience and wider business operations.
Lighting is capable of so much more than simply lighting a store. It can create a positive ambiance, provide a roadmap for the customer’s in-store journey, highlight key products, support compliance, and deliver energy and cost savings. The interactive eBook highlights the importance of display in the new world of retail, the lessons retail can learn from high-end applications such as gallery and museum spaces, the requirement for a more considered approach to smart lighting, the evolution of rip and replace, and the importance of aligning lighting solutions to business drivers.
Richard Turner, Specification Luminaires Business Unit Director for Sylvania, explains: “With the growing strength of the online economy, display environments need to work even harder than ever before if they are to maintain footfall and sales – be that in-store or online. From the subtle use of ambient lighting to create a warm and inviting entrance, to the application of accent lighting to deliver drama and impact for displays, retailers can use a combination of lighting technologies to bring the brand and the store to life for the customer.
“In addition, network connected sensors can easily and affordably be integrated into LED lighting, which is a major thing to consider during a store refit or upgrade. These sensors provide retailers with the ability to better understand the movements of staff and customers in the retail environment. By capturing ‘heat map’ and dwell time data, the retailer has never been so empowered to heighten the customer experience and maximise employee utilisation.
“With a 10% decrease in energy expense having the potential to increase net profit margins by up to 16% in retail environments, it’s time for lighting to rightfully climb the priority list when refurbishments come around and be leveraged to its full commercial potential. The new eBook explains how a more holistic approach to lighting, seeing it as a contributor, rather than a cost, can help retailers to not only enhance the experience of their customers, but importantly, the operation of their business.”

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