Headlines: August 11th, 2004

A third of public sector IT managers are unaware that from next year IT equipment must be re-cycled and many who are aware do not know the implications. This picture emerged from Brother UK’s “Green Business” research which explored how managers would respond to the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive which aims to reduce the harmful environmental impact of IT waste by regulating its reuse, recycling and disposal.It is estimated that up to two million working Pentium PCs are dumped in landfill sites in the UK every year and as the public sector is a heavy users of technology, the new directive will have a significant impact. Maxitech.biz Limited, a not-for-profit reuse and recycling organization dedicated to reuse and recycling of redundant IT equipment, plans to play a major role in recycling. It provides for equipment to be re-used, thus prolonging its lifespan and reducing waste.

One of Maxitech’s first public sector clients is the Local Government Association, which is also a member of the recycling programme. As a part of this programme Maxitech’s clients have a choice of several environmental disposal routes, such as selecting the charity to which they would like some of the refurbished equipment to go.

A recent example of how redundant business IT equipment can be recycled came with the June launch of the Age Concern Islington and Maxitech’s Appeal for Computers for Older People. Recycled computers were given away to older people on low income who are involved with Age Concern Islington’s empowering work with local older people programme.