Computer recycling scheme success

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

 

Computer recycling scheme success

Robin Bowen with some of the hardware to be recycled.

A TONNE of computers has been saved from a trip to the tip by an Isle of Wight initiative.

More than 100 old computers, laptops, monitors and associated hardware are now being recycled thanks to the scheme launched by the environmental charity, the Footprint Trust, teaming up with local computer reclamation experts digitalrecycle.co.uk

Many millions of computers have gone to landfill in the UK, including thousands on the Island that the Footprint Trust believes could have a second "life."

The charity’s partner Digital Recycle is licensed by the Environment Agency, and has to comply with strict regulations on the safe disposal of any components that cannot be re-used.

The charity said that following a report on the scheme by the County Press last month, they had received more than a tonne of items for recycling.

All donated computers have had their data removed before being reclaimed or recycled.

"We feel this scheme is brilliant on so many levels.

"It diverts usable computers from landfill, reduces pollution, saves the world’s resources, supports a local small enterprise, helps local charities and will provide cheap computers to families during these difficult financial times," said Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust.

Digital Recycle’s Peter Westmore said: "We are so pleased with the response on the Island. To date we have also been able to provide a couple of small local charities with free computers."

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