is evolving so rapidly that the average computer is changed every two
years and mobile phones are upgraded about every 18 months.
Claire Snow, Director of the Industry Council for Electronic
Equipment Recycling (www.icer.org.uk)
recons "Almost 300,000 tonnes of computer equipment becomes waste
Around 50 per cent of this amount is recycled.
But the rest ends up as landfill, from which dangerous chemicals such
as lead, mercury and chromium can leach into the environment.
equipment recycling centres.
The REI is a network of computer refurbishment
centres benefiting businesses, communities and the environment.
You can donate old computer equipment and mobile phones to
Computer Aid International
would love to refurbish your computer and send it to somewhere in need
Send your printer and toner cartridges, PCs and mobiles
to Office Green (www.officegreen.co.uk),
and add to the company's £600,000 of charitable donations since
Computers For Charity (www.computersforcharity.co.uk)
recycles computers for community groups around the UK - both offer a collection
Environmental Mobile Control (www.emc-recycle.com)
donates £3 to charity for each mobile they receive.
will take them off your hands directly.