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

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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by T Rollingsworth

24th January 2014, at 20:53:03

Mike, as james suggested check out You download it and put it on a disc then providing your PC boots up just follow the instructions. Alternatively just take the hard drive out before donating

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by Philip Yates

24th January 2014, at 06:34:13

Looks like all the laptops end up on ebay.

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by James McAdder

23rd January 2014, at 23:21:16

There are plenty of tools which will erase a hard drive beyond all but clean room forensic data recovery.

The only people who need worry after cleaning their HDD using a tool like dban are those who are of interest to the police or security services.

Oh, and you cannot be prosecuted under the data protection act if you took reasonable steps to destroy (such as using dban), even if those steps were ultimately unsuccessful.

An excellent scheme that can give life to many old computers. The only real caveat is that Microsoft are dropping support for Windows XP, so no updates and patches for vulnerabilities.

Linuxes such as Mint and Ubuntu are pretty user friendly these days, however, and are free, can be used on older hardware, and are regularly updated.

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by Den Young

23rd January 2014, at 22:00:49

really good and again local charities getting something out of it

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by C Ryan-Sammon

23rd January 2014, at 21:18:23

I thought Computability closed down due to having way more computers than people wanting them a few years back.
Great that there's a call for them again.
I taught myself how to use a computer on a computability Computer then gradually saved up for new bits until I got the one I have now and other computer stuff donated back then on to a local small computer business for spare parts etc.

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by Mark Sanger

23rd January 2014, at 20:19:40

Mike Crowe smash up the hard drives then give them to them

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by Mark Sanger

23rd January 2014, at 20:16:42

I bet some of them are Robert McKennas old junk meaning McKenna Computer ship some of them to the mainland and be easly rebuilt into decent machines.

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by Mark Sanger

23rd January 2014, at 20:16:41

I bet some of them are Robert McKennas old junk meaning McKenna Computer ship some of them to the mainland and be easly rebuilt into decent machines.

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 18:21:05

Lee I have a couple of computers which I cannot get into now and thus erase the data. I cannot let these people have it because it is data relating to names and addresses and as such, comes under the Data Protection Act and SHOULD some of that data 'get out' I would be liable to prosecution.

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 17:10:42

I agree, well done :)

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