A Truro school has become one of the first in the south west to benefit from a new recycling service designed to prevent out-of-date and faulty computer equipment from ending up in landfill.
Truro School is taking advantage of a scheme operated by The Electronic Waste Company to collect unwanted IT equipment from schools and major businesses for free.
Now, the equipment from the school, will be prepared for reuse or safely dismantled and recycled by The Electronic Waste Company at its Redruth base.
Truro School has replaced these outdated machines with brand new RM Ecoquiet PCs, which not only run silently, but also use a third of the energy of a standard PC.
John Chambers, IT Manager at Truro School, said: “Dealing with redundant IT can be a real headache for schools and businesses. The introduction of WEEE regulations meant finding authorised waste disposal companies who then apply an environmental charge for its removal. That’s why we were pleased to learn of this free collection service, and can relax knowing it’s being disposed of responsibly.”
Any data on the equipment from Truro School will be destroyed using procedures similar to those used by the Ministry of Defence.
Damian Lambkin, The Electronic Waste Company’s CEO said: “It’s actually against the law for schools and businesses to throw electrical equipment away with other waste, but of course it happens. We’re just delighted that Truro School has made the responsible decision and chosen to recycle this end-of-life equipment.”
Importantly, The Electronic Waste Company deals with the paperwork needed to show that the school has met its legal obligations.
The company has been recognised with the ISO14001 and 9001 certificates for its commitment to environmental management.