actnow launches initiative to recycle computers in Cornwall
week sees the launch of a new initiative from actnow,
the Objective One project spearheading the growth of broadband
amongst businesses in Cornwall.
actnow have announced a partnership with
Computers for Charity, a national organisation based in Bude
and are setting out to promote computer recycling in Cornwall.
Many businesses have old computer equipment lying around that
they no longer need. Through the scheme, this will be collected,
stripped of any data and then recycled.
Some recycled computers will be shipped out to community
projects in Africa whilst those which can be refurbished to
the highest standard will be distributed to the needy in Cornwall
through an association with organisations such as social services
and other welfare agencies. Those computers that cannot be
refurbished will be recycled for parts and materials.
Nigel Ashcroft, project director of actnow,
says: "Disposing of old computers is an important
environmental issue as computers are amongst the most toxic
of all waste. In fact, the government is planning to soon
make it impossible to simply dump computer equipment in landfill
sites. actnow is supporting nearly 7000 businesses
in Cornwall and we want to encourage them to donate their
old computer equipment to this recycling scheme so they can
help make a difference and help the environment. It's
high time everyone becomes a 'Green Collar Worker'!"
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One partnership,
says: "We are discovering that broadband can actually
help the environment in a number of ways. A recent research
study carried out for BT by the University of Bradford revealed
that many Cornish businesses are saving fuel as they travel
less for meetings now that more communication is carried out
online. There are also huge savings in paper use. By also
promoting computer recycling, actnow is working
hard to maximise the environmental benefits of broadband."
Graham Pitt, one of the founding partners of Computers for
Charity, adds: "It is fantastic to see the launch
of this partnership with actnow as it will
help build awareness of computer recycling amongst the business
community. And because many of the refurbished computers will
go back into disadvantaged Cornish communities, this initiative
will help bridge the digital divide."
Computers will be collected from business premises for a
nominal charge of £2.50 per item. (Free collection for
over 20 items) To arrange collection, visit www.computersforcharity/actnow
or call Gail on 01288 361199.
For more information please contact Emma Lydon of actnow
on 0800 800 935.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in actnow through the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural
Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West - 01752 635015 - before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall to gain the support they
need to move into the new broadband economy. It is one of
the largest private and public sector partnerships in Cornwall
since the county was granted Objective One status by the European
Union in 2000.
The £20 million project is part financed by the European
Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
(EAGGF). Other project partners include Cornwall Enterprise,
The Objective One Partnership Office, BT, the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the South West of England
Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business
Link Devon and Cornwall College.
Computers For Charity is a voluntary partnership that was
established in 1993 in response to a need identified among
charitable groups for easier access to IT equipment. CFC collects
computers nationally and processes them in Cornwall from where
they are distributed to UK voluntary organisations and several
African countries. Currently CFC processes around 160 tonnes
of IT equipment per year and this is expected to increase
following the partnership with actnow.
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