Recycle computers to save resources
13 December 2010, News release from Sims Recycling Solutions
Sims Recycling Solutions is calling for greater global recycling of computer and ICT equipment in order to preserve the earth's finite resources of precious metals.
The company says that unless recycling of computer and ICT equipment is substantially increased, the world will run out of the metals needed to make the equipment within the next two decades.
Sims Recycling Solutions' Myles Pilkington said: "Many organisations and businesses in the UK and Europe are now waking up to the fact that surplus ICT equipment should not be treated as waste as it contains valuable resources that can be re-used.
We have a duty to sustain the earth's resources by recycling ICT assets and we are pleased that awareness of this issue is becoming more widespread. We rely heavily on computers and other ICT products in everyday life and the bottom line is that we are rapidly running out of the materials we need to manufacture them.
"There has been a marked increase in the number of large businesses and public sector organisations looking to maximise the value of ICT equipment through refurbishment, remarketing or recycling.
We advise organisations to always use a professional recycler for the disposal of computer and ICT equipment to avoid the risk of redundant equipment being illegally shipped to third world countries, where local people are exploited to recover the valuable materials.
"This applies to redundant computer and ICT equipment anywhere in the world - not just in the UK and Europe. The bottom line is that we cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand and hope that the problem will simply resolve itself."
Sims Recycling Solutions has been at the forefront of the Green IT agenda for over a decade, developing specialist technologies for the asset management, recovery and recycling of ICT equipment. This commitment has seen Sims Group UK Limited achieve the Carbon Trust Standard and a host of other standards and awards.
For further information please email Sims Recycling Solutions