Give One In, Get One Back! - Updated!
Recycling! Refurbishment! Reuse! - Now Free!
working with Byteback Computer recycling and Bristol Wireless,
supported through the ICT Hubs' Unmet Needs fund is running a new project
through to March 2008 to promote the recycling of old computer
equipment and the re-use of machines. Those dumb boxes whose shelf lives have been
extended through the use of volunteer computer maintenance and free
Step One - Recycle your old computer equipment for free through Byteback Recycling
Step Two - Claim your half price computer off Bristol Wireless (normally retail at £50, proof of recycling required)
Step Three - Watch your productivity rise and your support costs fall
Step Four - bathe in the warm green glow of doing your bit for the environment!
Many organisations have machines that have been set aside for
reasons, stored in cupboards and under desks, or even in staff and
volunteers homes. In the past most of these have been destined for the
bin, either because the technical skills are not available for recovery
or because the cost of repair or secure, legal disposal is prohibitive.
In 2004, UK businesses disposed of 2 million computers into
landfill sites, and with a number of highly toxic 'ingredients' used in
manufacture computer disposal is rapidly becoming a major
In response to the problems of disposing of computer equipment, the
European Union has introduced a Europe wide directive, coming into
force in the UK in 2007 that aims
to raise recycling levels to 75%.
modern operating systems (such as Microsoft Vista) require enormous
resources to run, many free operating systems are designed to deliver
similar performance on much lower specification machines, requiring
less power and less expensive hardware. This means they can be used to
extend the life of previously discarded machines by those who have
followed the upgrade treadmill. Many discarded machines from industry
and business can be turned back into powerful office machines.
How much will it cost?
STOP PRESS - full recycling costs now being met!
In addition, you will qualify for
£25 off a replacement machine (usually retailing at £50) from Bristol
Get off the upgrade treadmill
have created a situation where every 4 to 5 years they almost have the
ability to force everybody to upgrade to their new release, all new
machines are supplied through their OEM deals with hardware
manufacturers with the new version, last time XP, this time Vista, and
a similar process occurs at the server level.
software often has to be upgraded too. Some patches are released to
make things backwardly compatible but you definitely get the feeling
their hearts are not in it and what they really want is to sell you their
For comitted MS users this means new hardware, new
systems, new learning which for many voluntary sector organisations
means that their entire IT strategy is dictated by an American
multi-national company who most definitely don't have their best
interests at heart.
The environmental impact of this global forced
upgrade can be combatted by using low power low impact free software,
and choosing when you want to improve your systems rather than having
that dictated externally.
How do I start?
Call Byteback to arrange the disposal of your old equipment, or call Sean at Voscur to learn more about the scheme. - 0117 9330508