Clearhouse aims for government

Clearhouse aims for government

PC refurbishment and recycling company, Clearhouse, is on an aggressive expansion campaign to capitalise on the need for IT asset disposal services.

Director, Tony Nestola, said it was setting up a government division to address asset removal services in the public sector. The decision was prompted by its first two government contract wins, which had both been inked in the past three months.

A 12-month tender will see Clearhouse dispose of 11,000 units with Australia Post to coincide with a PC rollout. Nestola said he was hopeful of extending the terms of the contract. The company had also secured a 12-month deal with Melbourne City Council to take care of 5000 pieces of IT equipment.

"We are also working on winning an entire state government contract for recycling and disposal of assets," he said.

As a result, the company was now looking for a new staff member to head up the government division.

It would also be hiring an additional five employees to assist with processing and testing for its larger warehouse in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The new location would see its space increase from 1000sqm to 5000sqm. The move was expected to take place before Christmas.

Clearhouse was established two years ago to provide refurbishment, recycling and marketing services for used IT equipment including PCs, monitors and general IT hardware. The company was founded by former Volante staffers, Tony Nestola and Glenn Reid. Nestola said it had experienced a strong second year, processing about 85,000 units. Some of these were refurbished and sent to developing countries, while others were recycled.

He attributed the growth to more organisations recognising the need for an asset disposal strategy. Many had also chosen to move away from leasing IT equipment due to the burden of returning stock and the hefty fees associated with it, Nestola said.

A partnership with recycling agent, Sims Group, had also been established to help corporates meet recycling requirements. The ethical component [of asset disposal] is also coming into it with recycling," Nestola said. "They can't just throw IT equipment in the bin, so we're helping them to plan their disposal strategy."

Clearhouse was also planning more partnerships with large integrators to boost sales, he said. New deals would be announced shortly.

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