Readers of our Winter newsletter will know that Shelford resident Mike Nettleton (*protected email*) collects unwanted computer hardware to be recycled for public benefit. Here is his latest news:
Computer recycling Friday 19 March. We’ve arranged for unwanted computer hardware (PCs, laptops, printers, monitors, etc.) to be collected for recycling on 19 March. We can also now take mobile phones again. Recycling is done by Recycle-Computers, based in Watford. They refurbish PCs, monitors, printers, etc. and then give the hardware to schools, charities, etc. which don’t need/can’t afford new equipment. Anything which can’t be used is WEEE recycled. They have been recycling in the area since the early 2000s, initially as a result of an initiative by the former vicar of Great Shelford, Mike Goater. Please dig out any computer hardware that you no longer need and/or is broken and either drop it round to me or give me a ring (07905 356468).
Just as a reminder – we also recycle printer cartridges and mobile phones. Where they have economic value, they are recycled through Recycle4Charity, who then make a contribution to Tommy’s (the premature birth charity): http://www.tommys.org Where the cartridges have no economic value, they are recycled through the manufacturers own recycling scheme. Again, please just drop any old cartridges round.
Over the last couple of months we’ve had a major push (with the Great Shelford Parochial Charities and COVID support group) to provide laptops to children for home schooling. We had over 60 laptops donated; something like 30% of those have been usable and have been donated to local schools and individual children. Those which are too old, broken or whatever will be properly recycled, so nothing goes to landfill. Every machine (whether usable or not) has been wiped and those which are usable have been upgraded to the latest version of Windows and had office and video/music software installed at no cost to the schools or individual children.
What a wonderful initiative – please support Mike if you can.