Don't Dump, Donate! The PC Recycler take back and reuse campaign has been helping the environment and our local community since 1998.
If you have redundant computer equipment suitable for reuse, and you would like to dispose of it in a socially aware and environmentally friendly manner, use our free collection service:- free collection
Reuse is better than recycling 'WRAP' says “The repair and re-use of electronic products has a range of environmental and social benefits” :- http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/re-use-protocols-electrical-products
Promote repair and re-use with the restart project :- http://therestartproject.org/about/
Local award winning project The PC Recycler community IT project (CommIT) earned a top award in 2006. 400+ computers given away to our local community.
See our community showcase for details of other projects we have been involved with.
PC Recycler was founded in 1998 by one family to promote the reuse of 'redundant' computers, and to obtain free computer equipment for local primary schools. With the help of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackpool Council for Voluntary Service, and Blackpool challenge partnership, this computer reuse project has become a self supporting social enterprise based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.
PC Recycler founded the Blackpool computer club www.blackpoolcomputerclub.co.uk initially to provide free computers to local schools and charities. Later, the scheme expanded to include local individuals as well.
PC Recycler also founded the Blackpool Linux User Group (LUG) to encourage the use of free software on the free computers provided.
In the UK, we throw away 30 million ink cartridges a year. These cartridges alone take 1,425,000 litres of oil to produce. If your ink cartridge can not be refilled, try one of the numerous schemes that recycle ink cartridges.
You can recycle your ink cartridges at Tesco supermarkets, and if you are a club card holder, you get 100 club card points for each eligible cartridge. Post paid envelopes can be picked up in Tesco supermarkets.
Your old mobile phone still has value.
Instead of leaving it in a drawer as a spare, or throwing it out with the rubbish, why not sell or recycle it?
Delete all the data on your mobile phone your phone before you dispose of it.
Here are some links to mobile phone buyers.
Other ways to deal with mobile phones.
Considering the composition of batteries, it is surprising that battery recycling has taken so long to become 'mainstream'.
Retailers must offer free collection (‘takeback’) of waste or used batteries if they are selling or supplying 32kg or more of portable batteries per year. Source https://www.gov.uk/battery-waste-supplier-reponsibilities
Now that battery recycling has taken on more importance, it is much easier to recycle batteries, and there is no excuse for throwing batteries away with general rubbish to end up in landfill.
Domestic users, find the nearest recycling point here , using your postcode.
Buying rechargeable batteries instead of none rechargeable batteries will produce considerably less waste.
UK Online who were funding this initiative have withdrawn their support and this opportunity has now ended. Free computers are still available through Blackpool computer club
PC Recycler has restarted a project which enables Blackpool residents to obtain a completely free internet ready computer. To obtain the free computer, the applicant attends a training session called 'online basics' at the Blackpool computer club. The training is free of charge, and can be completed in approximately 3 hours. Once the training is completed, the applicant takes away the computer they have trained on.
The last time PC Recycler ran this promotion, 400 computers were given away to Blackpool residents. see:- Free internet ready computer for details.
In 1998, we launched with the slogan, “Don't Dump, Donate. Our primary aim was to encourage the re-use of 'redundant' IT equipment. Believe it or not, in 1998, recycling computers actually meant re-using them, not scrapping them as it means now. Hence our rather misleading name!
WEEE update: From 28 September 2011, you must declare on your waste transfer note or hazardous waste consignment note that you have applied the waste management hierarchy. What this means is that you must first attempt to re-use the 'waste' which is exactly what we have been doing with computers since 1998. WEEE is starting to catch up at last. If you can not re-use, you work your way down the hierarchy until you reach a step that you can apply.
More details on the waste hierarchy
A community IT project led by Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Services has received a top accolade from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The project – called CommIT - received the highest accolade of ‘Outstanding Project - Exceptional Winner’ at the HEFCE Active Community Fund Award. The CommIT Project is a partnership between LUVU, Blackpool and Fylde Council for Voluntary Services, PC Recycler , Lancaster University Business Enterprise Centre and Blackpool Council. CommIT is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is led by student volunteers who assist community organisations to make better use of ICT, for example through the installation of recycled computer equipment or the development of a websites and databases.
A total of 24 awards were presented to Higher Education student and staff volunteers and volunteering projects at a high-profile ceremony for 200 guests at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The awards, hosted by TV presenter Philippa Forrester, were a celebration of the achievements of student and staff volunteers across the country.
A group of LUVU staff members and volunteers attended the ceremony in Gateshead on Wednesday (7th December 2005), to be presented with a plaque and certificate of achievement.
Judges described CommIT as ‘a brilliant use of the skills and knowledge within the University to engage with hard to reach groups. A model entry with great vision’.
Rob Ellis, LUVU’s Community ICT developer, said: “The team members are all very proud of their achievements and we feel proud of the positive impacts that the project has had on Blackpool, both through our work with community organisations and the general public.”
Lyndsey Sterritt, who has recently become a project leader said: “The award was really well deserved, considering the passion and dedication given by LUVU and the volunteers, and the enthusiasm with which the clients received the projects. I am proud and feel so privileged to have been part of CommIT.”
One person who has benefited from the projects’ work is Pat Spencer-Hughes, of the Revoe First Steps Centre in Blackpool.
She said: “Before the CommIT project the residents of Revoe (Blackpool) had little or no access to computers. This project enabled them to not only have access to computers but also the skills and confidence to use them in the future. The residents felt that the workshops’ content managed to grab their attention and the enthusiasm from the volunteers kept them coming back each week. In fact all the residents want to come back this year.”
Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, HEFCE, said: “It can be all too easy to accept the world around us, with its wars and disasters, as a world which we as individuals cannot change; to take for granted the more or less privileged lifestyle that many of us enjoy, and to feel helpless in the face of others’ needs. The volunteers and those representing volunteers at the ceremony are there because they haven’t given up, and have made a real difference.”
PC Recycler founded the Blackpool Computer Club to encourage the reuse of “redundant” computers.
PC Recycler founded the Blackpool Linux User Group to encourage the use of free software on the “redundant” computers.