It seems the UK have a surplus of serviceable yet out dated computers and despite the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which should see most electrical items disposed of using the manufacturers own disposal facilities, it is estimated that some twelve and half million older laptops and PC’s have not been recycled or reused.
What’s worse is what is actually happening to these old machines. Twenty five per cent are taken to the tip, just dumped anywhere or get thrown out with the household waste. However ten per cent of people say that they have recycled their computer, while forty per cent claim to have given their old computers to friends, family or charities.
But over six million people said they leave their old computers lying around the house, garden or garage and over five million just take their old outdated machine to the local dump where they will ultimately end up in the landfill site.
Source [Smart Planet]