SCC Recyclea

Delivering a sustainable future through a comprehensive, integrated approach to IT recycling services.

Sustainability is under the spotlight more than ever before for organisations across both public and private sectors.

As climate change becomes an increasingly important global issue, businesses and public bodies are expected to reduce emissions, cut energy use, maximise recycling and minimise waste as much as they can. Even in areas where they may not be required to do so by law, there is a heavy moral and social expectation to do so.

So that organisations can meet these expectations efficiently and cost-effectively, SCC has developed Recyclea. This suite of recycling services is based on the wealth of knowledge and expertise we possess in business and public-sector IT. Run from our highly-accredited UK Operations Centre in Birmingham, Recyclea is designed to help you optimise asset value and lifespan, take steps towards becoming a more sustainable or even net zero business, and meet compliance needs around data security and CSR.

How does SCC Recyclea Work?

Recyclea consists of three core services: recycling, refurbishment and remarketing, all with a focus of securely maximising the output from customer IT equipment. Alongside these are a number of associated services which help maximise the security and sustainability of IT recycling, as well as contributing to the circular economy. All our services are extensively accredited, according to stringent Government, National Cyber Security Centre, and Ministry of Defence criteria, among others.

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When assets are recycled, they must be completely wiped of any residual data on them. Whether they’re being refurbished for redeployment, repaired for resale, or even offered to charities, any data that remains on them could fall into the wrong hands, with severe implications if the data is especially sensitive. This is why every service we offer within Recyclea meets the highest possible level of security standards and accreditations. That way, you can dispose or refurbish your devices with complete confidence, accountability, and compliance with regulations like GDPR.

Data Sanitisation

We have developed some of the UK’s leading data sanitisation and removal techniques, which we can apply to every type of data-bearing media. This includes hard-drives, magnetic media, Solid State Drives (SSDs), Flash memory and media, mobile devices, and network devices. After undergoing our processes, it will be impossible for even advanced forensic tools to recover any reusable residual data from these assets, meaning their value and lifespan can be extended without any potential security compromise.

Circular economy

Enabling and maintaining a strong circular economy is a vital part of operating more sustainably, by addressing three areas: eliminating waste and pollution, circulating products and materials, and regenerating nature. To that end, we run a range of remarketing services within Recyclea to give devices and assets a new lease of life. We can refurbish or repair them, reset to original factory settings with all data wiped, and resell them through our specialist online and phone-based sales channels.


Our UK Operations Centre contains a state-of-the-art refurbishment unit, incorporating data sanitisation, physical assessment, diagnostics and portable appliance testing. This can be used for devices within your office buildings, and assets used by remote workers thanks to our simple collection service. The end goal is for all refurbished items to be ready for redeployment whenever you need them, and they will be securely stored in environmentally friendly packaging until that time arrives. This can help you minimise expenditure on new IT equipment by extending the life of existing assets.


We have established a highly accredited, fully compliant, five-stage process for recycling Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This comprises depollution, initial shredding, separation, granulation, and reprocessing of a range of materials, including hazardous waste, components, metals, and packaging. As a result, we’re able to recover large quantities of raw material fractions for reuse, and efficiently and sustainably destroy any that cannot be used again. Our processes are fully CPIN approved and are regularly audited to maintain accreditations.

On-site destruction

As well as providing recycling and data sanitisation services at our UK Operations Centre, we’re also able to carry out destruction processes on your chosen site. This is ideal for assets that are no longer on your network, but still need to be destroyed so that they don’t fall into the wrong hands and cause a data security breach in the future. Our processes are fully certified for sensitive items, including MoD ‘Top Secret’, nuclear ‘Official Sensitive’ information and more.

Tracking and transparency

At a time when Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a top priority for every type of organisation, being able to quantify and demonstrate environmental performance is vital. We have developed a CSR dashboard that sits within Lifecycle, our e-business asset management tool, to give you real-time visibility of key metrics. These can include the status of every device through its lifecycle, from procurement to disposal, and deliver metrics on real-world benefits such as emission reductions, energy savings or lower landfill tax bills.

Challenges we see


Asset lifespan and expense

Replacing large numbers of assets can be expensive, and unnecessary when they can be securely refurbished and have their usable lifespan extended by months or even years.


Meeting ESG targets

Cutting down on emissions, energy use, and waste are all key expectations set by central and local government, business partners, and clients, customers and the general public


Compliance and data protection

In the age of GDPR and higher public awareness around data security, confidential information stored on assets needs to be fully removed, whether a device is to be reused or not

Our Accreditations

The ISO 9001 standard provides guidance and tools for companies and organisations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customer’s requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. This is supported by a set of procedures that cover all key processes in the business.

The ISO 14001 standard provides a set of instructions which enables businesses to manage their environmental impacts and provides assurance to customers and stakeholders that environmental performance is measured and continually improved.

The ISO 20000 standard for IT Service Management, promotes the adoption of integrated processes to effectively deliver managed services which meet the business and customer requirements. It also promotes improved communication and customer services.

The ISO 27001 standard for Information Security Management enables the development of a system which brings information security under explicit management control. It is designed to promote the logging and investigation of incidents to identify weaknesses and manage risk.

SCC has achieved The National Cyber Security Centre CAS (S) Certification. CAS (S) provides assurance that santisation and destruction services conforms to relevant HMG IA Policy and Guidance when serving Government Customers for all classifications, including TOP SECRET.

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) works in collaboration with partners such as CESG, NaCTSO and CTSA to protect national security by providing protective security advice. SCC holds approval for our fixed site destruction facilities, mobile destruction service and secure transportation service.

The Defence Infosec Product Co-Operation Group (UK) (DIPCOG) is a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) forum run by a committee composed of representatives primarily from the MoD and CESG. DIPCOG approves products and services as being suitable for use specifically by the MoD. SCC holds DIPCOG approval for the destruction Service of ICT media protectively marked up to TOP SECRET at customer site, based on the requirements of HMG InfoSec Standard 5.

LIST N is the standard required for the hard copy holding, processing and production of Sensitive Nuclear Information (SNI). The SCC Recycling facility has been inspected by a representative of a Civil Nuclear Contracting Authority or ONR (CNS) to handle and process SNI up to the protective marking of UK OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE.

SCC operates an Approved Treatment Facility under a standard rules permit (SR2008no23 – WEEE Treatment) issued by the Environment Agency. Under this we are legally authorised to treat and dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Applying the waste hierarchy also ensures that SCC minimise waste by promoting re-use of equipment and components or the recovery of raw materials through a network of approved re-processors. SCC are also registered as a Waste Carrier and Hazardous Waste Producer, as well as holding an S2 exemption for packaging materials and toners.

SafeContractor is part of the Alcumus Group, the market-leading provider of technology-enabled compliance risk management, certification and verification services. Alcumus employs circa 700 people and supports more than 30,000 clients in the UK and internationally with their Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) strategies.

CHAS is established as the market leader for health and safety pre-qualification in the UK. It is available to suppliers (those who provide goods and services) and to organisations (buyers) looking for suitably competent suppliers.

Achilles is one of the world’s leading global supply chain risk management companies. They collect, validate and maintain essential supplier data through an online questionnaire. This allows buying organisations to build a picture of the risks present within their supply chain and implement measures to protect their business, people, planet and profit.

SCC holds registration with The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO is the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights. The Data Protection Act 1998 requires every data controller who is processing personal information to register with the ICO, unless they are exempt. More than 370,000 organisations are currently registered .


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