Sims opens IT recycling facility in UAE

Sims Recycling Solutions brings secure and compliant asset disposal facilities

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Sims opens IT recycling facility in UAE The Sims facility will give companies a secure and compliant solution for disposal of end of life equipment, says Hughes.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 11, 2012

IT recycling and asset end of life specialist Sims Recycling Solutions has opened its first facility in the Middle East.

The facility in Jebel Ali will offer a range of industry standard recycling and reselling solutions, so that organisations can dispose of unwanted IT and telecoms assets in a secure, compliant and environmentally friendly way.

The centre has been set up by integrated green solutions company Akhdar FZCO, which has been working for four years to establish asset disposal operations in the region. The Akhdar FZCO Management have transferred to the Sims facility and bring a combined total of over 60 years of experience operating within the Middle East IT and compliance industries.

Philip Hughes, former CEO of Akhdar and now managing director Middle East for Sims Recycling Solutions commented: "Over the past years, there has been a growing awareness in the region of the need for a better understanding of green solutions. For the general public this has manifested itself as a growing awareness of the need to recycle domestic waste products, especially high value items such as IT and electronics.

Hughes said that the facility will meet a growing demand in the market from organisations that need to meet compliance regulations, to be able to securely dispose of IT hardware, and the data stored on it, and to have proof of secure disposal for audit purposes. Previously multinational companies had not option but to ship assets out of the region. The Sims facility will aim to raise awareness of the need for secure disposal, and will also offer a revenue opportunity for companies to resell their old hardware, secure in the knowledge that it does not hold their old corporate data.

"We have effectively created a new industry from scratch, one that will offer not only green benefits to the region, but also offers new revenue streams and market opportunities for the entire Middle East IT Channel," Hughes said.

"When we started this project, we saw a market opportunity. Now, after four years of pain, blood sweat and tears, we see that it has become something much more. We see this as the opportunity to really make a difference and help the authorities work to raise awareness of the need for compliant and ethical recycling. If we can do that, then we will have helped to be a small part of the vision of regional governments for our home to become more environmentally aware."

The new facility will offer both secure software destruction and physical asset destruction, and will allow companies to choose between recycling and reselling their old IT assets.

2065 days ago

is so wonderful and am very happy about this, i will say i know little about recycling of wast IT product and software destruction because i have been with Sims for the past five months and the company is really showing that they are out to help prevent pollution in the country, Sims as i know have been so outstanding when it concerns recycling and sells and I'm begging you all to help this company brings the energy that we need in our society and great thanks to Mr Phil Hughes who have been there all this while.

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