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16 Apr 2009 04:04:04

British city residents making most of green IT scheme



British city residents making most of green IT scheme
Birmingham residents have been given the chance to help reduce the city's information technology and communications waste thanks to a pioneering recycling scheme.

Since May last year, the city council has worked with organisations Digital Birmingham and Secure IT Disposals to provide a doorstep collection and recycling service for unwanted computers.

The scheme is also open to commercial IT users in Birmingham and guarantees that data stored on drives will be destroyed to the same levels used by the Ministry of Defence, assuaging corporate fears about security breaches.

So far, more than 15,000 unwanted pieces of computer equipment have been collected from businesses, schools and residents.

Systems gathered under the residential scheme are kept in a useable condition and offered to charities and community groups for free, further reducing the city's carbon emissions from its computers.

"'End of life' solutions for IT equipment are a pressing problem," said councillor Paul Tilsley, who is head of the Digital Birmingham partnership.

"Research last year showed that only 20 percent of the 6 million items of electronic equipment thrown away annually are recycled."

In other news, Tesco revealed last month that it is using meat from its UK stores that has passed its sell-by date as a source of fuel in renewable energy plants.

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