Computer Aid

The BCS has an interview on their web-site with Tony Roberts, chief executive of Computer Aid International, who are the most recognisable name in Computer recycling and re-use in the UK.

I thought things had moved on in leaps and bounds with regards to recycling IT equipment, but the statistics show almost 2 million PC’s a year still end up in landfill. These aren’t old 286 and 386 machines that you’d be struggling to find a use for, these are Pentium III and Pentium IV PC’s, the sort that are probably sitting in the majority of most peoples son or daughters bedrooms right now. They are still being used for web-browsing, e-mail, Instant Messaging and Office – all of which PC’s of this standard are capable of being used for.

So if we can still find a use for them here in the UK, imagine how valuable they are to deprived areas in Africa. The article goes on to describe what sorts of projects Computer Aid are undertaking with the equipment donated.

If you’ve got any IT equipment that you want to recycle or re-use, rather than send to landfill, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction!

2 Responses to “Computer Aid”

  1. 1 Rob November 23, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Too right i didnt throw my last desktop away i broke it down to its parts and sold them on ebay…..strange how some older parts make lots of money. 

  2. 2 Richard November 23, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Personally – I\’ve done that too. Some old Graphics Cards and the like go for a few quid. In the office, however, I\’ve had dozens of PC\’s that it was easier to give to local Charities or individuals through FreeCycle, than it was to spend so long scrapping them for valuable parts. As long as they don\’t end up in landfill!

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