Social awareness rewarded
At the Hillington Herald, we love it when a plan comes together. That’s why we have featured on our front page the burgeoning success of Haven Products’ new business, which was first announced in these pages exactly two years ago.
Haven Recycle merits our applause because it is visionary. All of us have at some time or another wondered what we should do with our old computers, televisions or other ‘redundant’ electronic equipment.
Now, we have no excuse to dump the detritus of our electronic existence into the skip. Haven Recycle will happily collect such items from client companies such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Inverclyde, based at Hillington.
They are equally happy if you or I arrive unannounced at their new premises in Watt Road, and ask them to take the items off our hands and relieve us of the responsibility.
Because Haven Recycle does something quite remarkable with electronic waste: it recycles 100% of it. That’s right: total recycling; nothing wasted.
If the computers, for instance, are still in functioning condition, they will be completely cleansed of their former hard disk contents, using the total erasure offered by the top-of-the-range ‘blanco’ software. Then they will be refurbished and resold through e-bay or other agencies.
If the hard disks of some computers cannot be erased, they will be destroyed, crushed beyond recall, and the circuit boards and other components containing precious substances broken down into their respective parts for onward processing.
Nothing is wasted. Even the plastics are sent for melting down or reconstituted as pellets for manufacturing new products.
Haven Recycle is also worthy of our admiration because they are one of the few companies that make a point of employing disadvantaged adults – including those with brilliant minds finely tuned to computer programming but unable to cope with everyday life.
So we urge all companies at Hillington Park to consider whether they, too, might contribute even in a modest way to this employment market, taking on employees who might have their own social difficulties but are perhaps more likely to reward the trust put in them to do the job.
Let’s make 2012 the year that Hillington Park demonstrates its social responsibilities in this and many other potential ways.
Also on our front page in this edition, we convey the first hints of a new, socially-aware approach to the management of the Hillington estate by majority landlords MEPC. More about this in our next edition.
Happy prospects, indeed!