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Hewlett-Packard to participate in PC recycling drive

Antony Savvas

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is encouraging Hertfordshire residents to donate their old IT equipment by rolling out a series of charitable recycling events that will help vulnerable children.

HP, in conjunction with Hertfordshire WasteAware Partnership and IT recycling not-for-profit-firm Maxitech.biz, is setting up take back stations at various locations across Hertfordshire for refurbishment and recycling.

Unwanted computers, monitors, printers, mobile phones, digital cameras and scanners will be professionally refurbished, and given to the children's charity NCH or resold to UK-based organisations unable to afford brand-new equipment.

Any proceeds made will fund the Maxitech.biz Edge Employer IT hardware training programme, designed to help disadvantaged people gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Equipment that cannot be reused will be recycled by a specialised recycling plant to minimise the electronic waste that goes to landfill and reduce its environmental impact.

Peter Paduh, managing director at Maxitech.biz, said, "There are thousands of old computers in Hertfordshire homes doing nothing, but just as many people in our local community and across the UK who cannot afford to buy this kind of equipment at full price.

"We'd like as many people as possible to bring their unwanted IT along to one of the events so that it can be put to good use."

The first collections will take place this weekend and go on into early February. The public are being warned by HP to wipe their disc drives before donating kit.


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