REBus researches circular processing of data-carrying ICT equipment

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REBus explores how we can safeguard the data-bearing hardware of the government in a safe way. Now, screens are reused after being sold to market parties, but much data-bearing hardware is still being destroyed. This is done to prevent confidential information from falling into the wrong hands.

REBus Nederland wants to inspire buyers and market participants to think about a product or service with value retention of raw materials throughout the chain, including the possibilities for reuse and recycling. The goal is to learn and discover new circular business models and research the sustainable effects of this business models.

What are the conditions?

In this particular project we research whether we can safely erase the data on the hardware from the government. In addition, we look at alternatives for reusing or recycling approximately 30,000 ICT devices that annually come in from the government. We had a few requirements for this project. The business model:

  • Must be futureproof,
  • Must fit within the frameworks of the government,
  • Must take changing technologies, financial frameworks and lower environmental pressures into account.

The underlying idea is: a new purpose and high-quality reuse of hardware.

Results

The research report (which you can read here) was published in January 2015. Based on the first initial results, we're launching a test: cleaning and preparing 500 laptops, which are sold to consumers afterwards. If this test ends up positive, we can scale up. The terms set out in the report are designed to be legally suitable for a European tendering procedure.

More information

This article is part of the Circular Purchase - REBus dossier. REBus wants to inspire buyers and market participants to think about a product or service with value retention of raw materials throughout the chain. Including the possibilities for reuse and recycling.

Pilots

Do you find this article interesting? Then click on the links below for more pilots from REBus. All recent developments, concepts and new business cases are organised with large partners, like ProRail, Alliander and the City of Utrecht.

Circular office furniture Alliander

Gemeente Utrecht ICT circular

Recyclable working clothing for stewards Rijkswaterstaat

Circular office design ProRail

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