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North-East it Technology recycling firm expands its workforce

North-east IT recycling firm Rebuyer has expanded its workforce as it bids to grow the circular economy in the region.

The Sunderland-based company has recruited Chris Barton as head of operations, Phil Potts as head of ecommerce and sales, and is also helping train a new generation of digital specialists as it works with more firms to recycle their redundant computer equipment. Rebuyer spearheaded the Donate Digital campaign earlier this year with Laptops for Kids and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, helping to tackle digital poverty by providing nearly 3,000 refurbished devices to schoolchildren in the north-east. And by avoiding the purchase of new IT equipment and the CO2 impact of manufacturing a device, so far this year Rebuyer has already saved around 400 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

Rebuyer is working with Northumbrian Water, Huawei, Greggs, Pulsant, Vertu Motors, Port of Tyne and Northumbria Police to recycle redundant equipment. The firm accepts a wide range of hardware, including desktops, laptops, servers, tablets and mobile phones.
It then wipes the devices to the highest government standards and ensures no data is retrievable, and fully refurbishes them for reuse.

The firm recently hired Chris Barton as its head of operations, who previously worked in the kitchen installations industry, and Phil Potts as head of ecommerce and sales, who previously worked in the clothing industry. Rebuyer also has an apprenticeships division, Code, which runs accredited training courses and currently has a new cohort of apprentices at Rebuyer focusing on digital skills.

Simon Howatson (Pictured) , chief executive of Rebuyer, said:
“This year has been an extraordinary time for us following the launch of the Donate Digital campaign, with the team already putting in more than 4,000 staff hours to help local families.
“That specific campaign may be over, but we’re still determined to help bridge the digital divide and build a circular economy.
“We’re now working with more companies to help them recycle their IT equipment, so we’ve expanded the team by recruiting Chris and Phil, and we’re training a new cohort of digital skills apprentices.
“Every year, millions of tonnes of damaged, obsolete or unwanted electronic devices are discarded as waste, while there are thousands of children here in the north-east who don’t have a device to access the internet.
“We have the solution to the problems of digital poverty and the climate crisis and we look forward to helping more companies recycle their redundant equipment in the months ahead.”

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