IT’S all going green this spring as the Fernhurst Centre launches a computer equipment recycling scheme in aid of charity.
The centre is collecting unwanted laptops, PCs and mobile phones and passing them on for professional recycling.
Computers for Charity, founded in 1994, will remove personal data and refurbish machines for use by deserving causes at home and abroad. Equipment that is too old to be re-used will be broken up and all useful parts recycled.
Antonia Plant, a trustee of the centre, said: “The centre’s courses teaching people to use iPads and other tablets book up as soon as new dates are announced, so we realised many households now have unwanted PCs and laptops.
“By recycling them for charity, we are doing our bit for the environment as well as helping small community enterprises, who can apply for one of the refurbished machines.”
The centre’s voluntary manager Pauline Colcutt added: “Too many people say they smash their computers up and take them to the tip, where they end up in landfill. I am delighted that we can offer this recycling alternative.”
A key supporter of the scheme is Fernhurst Primary School, where all pupils use iPads as part of the curriculum. As she handed over her own redundant laptop for recycling, teacher Sue Gibbon said: “This scheme provides an excellent example to a younger generation of computer users, who we all know are more proficient at IT than most of us will ever be. They need to learn this doesn’t have to be a throw away society, even when computer and phone upgrades seem to come thick and fast.”
Anyone wishing to offer a PC, laptop or mobile phone for recycling can contact firstname.lastname@example.org putting ‘Recycling’ as the subject heading, with details of the item, and the centre will get in touch.
More information about the centre, which is open for refreshments and computer use six days a week, can be found at www.fernhurstcentre.org.uk