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IT recycling to ease burden on landfills

Added: (Thu Apr 11 2002)

Pressbox (Press Release) - We live in a society eager to throwaway. Around twenty five million household electrical items are thrown out each year. The average Notts home now has at least twenty-four household appliances and when faced with the choice – repair or replace? People are flocking to landfill sites with an ever-increasing appetite for discard.

However, changes are on the horizon. A EU directive on Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment – known more commonly as the WEEE directive is designed to make the recovery and recycling of Electrical goods compulsory by 2004. This legislation will apply to anything with a plug or a battery. Manufacturers will ultimately have to pay to have their unwanted goods to be taken away. No untreated electrical goods will be allowed to go to landfill.

Although this legislation is over a year away, one Mansfield Company’s project already complies with all proposals outlined in the forthcoming directive. EnProve’s computer recycling project has been running for a year, reconditioning disused PC’s and computing equipment, whilst also providing on-the-job training in computer skills for the unemployed.

EnProve offer a free collection service for businesses and individuals anywhere in Nottinghamshire. The unwanted or damaged Hardware is then refurbished onsite by a skilled team of computer technicians and ILM participants – recruited through the Governments New Deal scheme. This is extremely bright news for charities and community groups in the area, as the revamped systems are available to them at specially discounted rates.

During it’s first year of operations the programme has been an unrivalled success, with over 500 computers recycled and given a new lease of life. Project Co-ordinator Paul Webster explains: “ Firms waste a lot of computing equipment, we are happy to take on their old hardware and make use of it. Charities especially if they are small, should be able to concentrate on meeting the needs they were formed for, without worrying about I.T costs”.

The project sticks to the tried and tested EnProve formula of providing the unemployed with paid employment for up to a year with the chance to attain a relevant NVQ and any necessary support employees may require. Paul continues: “Once employees have been working for us they will have the opportunity to apply for jobs as Computer Technicians”.

New Deal, the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, ESF and the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) fund EnProve IT, which costs about 150,000 a year to run.

If you are a business who has unwanted IT equipment, or a Voluntary organisation in need of a low-cost refurbished computer system, please contact Paul Webster on 01623 666710 or by e-mail at pwebster@groundwork.org.uk

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For further information contact Daley Robinson on 01623 825566

Notes to editors

EnProve has developed from Groundwork Ashfield and Mansfield’s vision of enabling people to participate in, and gain skills from, regeneration of their local environment. They achieve this through the creative use of programmes and funding to establish new employment opportunities. EnProve pays close attention to emerging environmental and social markets that might prove capable of sustaining new employment and enterprises.

Groundwork is a leading environmental regeneration charity making sustainable development a reality in the UK's poorest neighbourhoods. We work in partnership with local people, local authorities and businesses to bring about economic and social regeneration by improving the local environment From small community projects to major national programmes, Groundwork uses the environment as a means of engaging and motivating local people to improve their quality of life. Groundwork is a federation of 46 Groundwork trusts, each a partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors and each delivering holistic solutions to the challenges faced by poor communities.

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