Thursday 05 July 2012
The Environment Department is pleased to announce that Galaxy CI Computer Brokers Ltd has received the Keep Guernsey Green Award.
The Award signifies Galaxy's commitment to helping Guernsey maintain a healthy, clean environment by operating according to best practices in waste management, recycling and energy conservation.
Galaxy was set up in 1995, re-use and recycling has been at the centre of its operations from the outset. The company offers a complete WEEE compliant disposal option on all redundant IT hardware.
The company has also been keen to reduce its energy usage. Although the offices are relatively small (with much of its operations taking place at clients' premises) the company has managed to make savings from some fairly simple and low cost changes.
Rob Gill from Galaxy Computers said:
"Galaxy's primary operations are the destruction of IT media, the resale and recycling of IT equipment. As such we have a philosophy of re-use and recycle and wanted to work with Keep Guernsey Green to ensure this permeated throughout our organisation.
Within our office we have worked through the waste hierarchy. Reducing energy consumption with low-energy lights, turning off equipment overnight, radiator thermostats, printing only when necessary and then on both sides. The energy requirement of any new equipment purchased is now a prime concern. Cardboard is reused for packaging and we recycle all redundant office waste including composting teabags.
We believe that although we are a small company we can make a difference and we expound our philosophy to our clients many of whom have major IT installations."
The Keep Guernsey Green Award standards are grouped into three sections: 'Policy and Planning', 'Action' and 'Review and Improvement'. An Assessor is assigned to a company and provides guidance and support throughout the process, which normally takes between three and nine months depending on the size and complexity of the organisation.
The award is open to any local organisation and is held for a period of three years. Further information is available at www.gov.gg/kgga.
 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices.
Environmental Services Unit