Birmingham City Council and Digital Birmingham have joined forced with local firm Secure IT Disposals to spearhead an initiative to help residents get rid of their old PCs.
As part of the Birmingham Climate Change Festival, the scheme is aimed at helping Birmingham residents wave goodbye to their old, unwanted computers and IT equipment in an environmentally friendly and secure way - and at the same time aims to help local charities and community groups take their first step on the IT ladder.
All equipment collected under the scheme will be recycled or, if still working, offered to local charities or community groups free of charge. The original owners can rest assured that their personal data is safe as the company completely wipes or shreds the hard drive, preventing identity theft.
Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley, who heads up the Digital Birmingham partnership, said, "Recent statistics show over 6 million items of electronic equipment are thrown away annually in the UK, with only 20% of them recycled. Our partnership with Secure IT will help Birmingham residents reduce this mountain of IT waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and benefit local charities and community groups along the way."