About PC Recycler

Don't Dump, Donate! The PC Recycler take back and reuse campaign has been helping the environment and our local community since 1998.

If you have redundant IT equipment suitable for reuse, and you would like to dispose of it in a socially aware and environmentally friendly manner, use our  free collection service:- free collection

Reuse is better than recycling
 'WRAP'  says "The repair and re-use of electronic products has a range of environmental and social benefits" :- http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/re-use-protocols-electrical-products

We are now aligned with another repair initiative to promote repair and re-use :- http://therestartproject.org/about/

The PC Recycler community spaces project was formed to encourage the reuse of computers and related electronic  equipment, by providing a space where projects and repairs could be undertaken.

Local award winning project
The PC Recycler community IT project (CommIT) earned a top award in 2006. 
400+ computers given away to our local community.

See our community showcase for details of other projects we have been involved with. 

About PC Recycler
PC Recycler was founded in 1998 by one family to promote the reuse of  'redundanrt' computers, and  to obtain free computer equipment for local primary schools. With the help of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackpool Council for Voluntary Service, and Blackpool challenge partnership, this computer reuse project has become a self supporting social enterprise based in Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Recycle Ink Cartridges

In the UK, we throw away 30 million ink cartridges a year. These cartridges alone take 1,425,000 litres of oil to produce. If your ink cartridge can not be refilled, try one of the numerous schemes that recycle ink cartridges.

You can recycle your ink cartridges at Tesco supermarkets, and if you are a club card holder, you get 100 club card points for each eligible cartridge. Post paid envelopes can be picked up in Tesco supermarkets.


Recycle Mobile Phones

 Your old mobile phone still has value, instead of leaving it in a drawer 'as a spare' or throwing it out with the rubbish, recycle it.

With Tesco you can recycle your old working mobile phone online and earn rewards:-

Gift Cards:
Whenever you recycle your mobile phones with Tesco you can get a gift card for the value of your phone

Green Club Card:
Plus a 200 Green Club Card points, Green Club Card Point are just like standard ClubCard points and you can spend them in exactly the same way - instore, online at Tesco direct and Tesco.com, or on ClubCard rewards

You can ask us to donate £2 to the CLIC Sargent Campaign, which is UK's leading children's cancer charity. Money will be raised through-out the year via a range of product promotions in Tesco stores, with a proportion of those sales donated to Clic Sargent. Products include a special range of Tesco greetings cards, Tesco in-car air freshener and Canterbury Jack ale.

Here are some links for more mobile phone recyclers.
If you have a favorite, or if you have had a good (or bad) experience with any of these, please let everyone know with your comments.






Recycle Batteries

Considering the composition of batteries, it is surprising that battery recycling has taken so long to become 'mainstream'.

Battery recycling is important. Currently only 3% of batteries are recycled in this country, (UK) but to meet the European targets this must rise to 25% by 2012.

Now that battery recycling has taken on more importance, it is much easier to recycle batteries, and there is no excuse for throwing batteries away with general rubbish to end up in landfill.

Another point to bear in mind is that where a lot of batteries are used, choosing rechargeable batteries instead of none rechargeable batteries will mean less battery recycling.

Dell - £250 cashback

Get up to £250 cash back reward when you purchase a qualifying Dell IT product and trade in an equivalent product*

Get up to £250 cash back reward

Buy a qualifying Dell product. Complete the simple claim form. Send your claim form, trade in product and a copy of the invoice or receipt for your new Dell product to us within 21 days from the date on the invoice, along with your bank details for payment of the reward.

PC Recycler retarts award winning project

Update April 2012

UK Online who were funding this initiative have withdrawn their support and this opportunity has now ended.
Free computers are still available through Blackpool computer club

April 2011
PC Recycler has restarted a project which enables Blackpool residents to obtain a completely free internet ready computer.
To obtain the free computer, the applicant attends a training session called 'online basics' at the Blackpool computer club.
The training is free of charge, and can be completed in approximately 3 hours.
Once the training is completed, the applicant takes away the computer they have trained on.

The last time PC Recycler ran this promotion, 400 computers were given away to Blackpool residents. see:-  Free internet ready computer for details.

WEEE Regulations implement PC Recycler ideas

In 1998, we launched with the slogan, "Don't Dump, Donate. Our primary aim was to encourage the re-use of 'redundant' IT equipment.
Believe it or not, in 1998, recycling computers actually meant re-using them, not scrapping them as it means now. Hence our rather misleading name!

 Re-use is better than recycling.

WEEE update:
From 28 September 2011, you must declare on your waste transfer note or hazardous waste consignment note that you have applied the waste management hierarchy. What this means is that you must first attempt to re-use the 'waste' which is exactly what we have been doing with computers since 1998. WEEE is starting to catch up at last. If you can not re-use, you work your way down the hierarchy until you reach a step that you can apply.

More details on the waste hierarchy

CommIT - an award winning project

From Documents

TV presenter Philippa Forrester presents Rob Ellis with the award

A community IT project led by Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Services has received a top accolade from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The project – called CommIT - received the highest accolade of ‘Outstanding Project - Exceptional Winner’ at the HEFCE Active Community Fund Award.
The CommIT Project is a partnership between LUVU, Blackpool and Fylde Council for Voluntary Services, PC Recycler, Lancaster University Business Enterprise Centre and Blackpool Council. CommIT is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is led by student volunteers who assist community organisations to make better use of ICT, for example through the installation of recycled computer equipment or the development of a websites and databases.

A total of 24 awards were presented to Higher Education student and staff volunteers and volunteering projects at a high-profile ceremony for 200 guests at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The awards, hosted by TV presenter Philippa Forrester, were a celebration of the achievements of student and staff volunteers across the country.

A group of LUVU staff members and volunteers attended the ceremony in Gateshead on Wednesday (7th December 2005), to be presented with a plaque and certificate of achievement.

Judges described CommIT as ‘a brilliant use of the skills and knowledge within the University to engage with hard to reach groups. A model entry with great vision’.

Rob Ellis, LUVU’s Community ICT developer, said: “The team members are all very proud of their achievements and we feel proud of the positive impacts that the project has had on Blackpool, both through our work with community organisations and the general public.”

Lyndsey Sterritt, who has recently become a project leader said: “The award was really well deserved, considering the passion and dedication given by LUVU and the volunteers, and the enthusiasm with which the clients received the projects. I am proud and feel so privileged to have been part of CommIT.”

One person who has benefited from the projects’ work is Pat Spencer-Hughes, of the Revoe First Steps Centre in Blackpool.

She said: “Before the CommIT project the residents of Revoe (Blackpool) had little or no access to computers. This project enabled them to not only have access to computers but also the skills and confidence to use them in the future. The residents felt that the workshops’ content managed to grab their attention and the enthusiasm from the volunteers kept them coming back each week. In fact all the residents want to come back this year.”

Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive, HEFCE, said: “It can be all too easy to accept the world around us, with its wars and disasters, as a world which we as individuals cannot change; to take for granted the more or less privileged lifestyle that many of us enjoy, and to feel helpless in the face of others’ needs. The volunteers and those representing volunteers at the ceremony are there because they haven’t given up, and have made a real difference.”

PC Recycler project gains exemplar status

Between 2004 and 2006 PC recycler provided 420 free computers to individuals in Blackpool UK as part of the CommIT project. Lancaster University Volunteer Unit (LUVU), our partners in the project, used our computer suite to provided instructional workshops to all the recipients.

From Documents

LUVU Volunteers using the PC Recycler computer suite during the CommIT project.

CommIT project details

In 2007, this award winning project was awarded exemplar status by Renew North West.

RENEW ceased trading in 2008.

The renew site archived in 2007 by web archive.org

The wording below regarding exemplar status was kindly supplied by
Northwest Regional Development Agency as author of the RCE document (ELP 2007 FINAL.pdf).
Documents available here:-

CommIT –
the Community ICT Solutions project run by Lancaster University Volunteering Unit – is
another example of daring to reach beyond the obvious. Again, this initiative
came from an organisation that is not part of the usual matrix of sustainable
communities professions and was under no statutory or contractual
obligation to devote the time and effort needed to make the idea work.

The idea behind CommIT is that students at Lancaster University
use their computer skills to help community groups. This has involved
assessing the needs of voluntary organisations, brokering partnerships
between students and community groups, and working with mental health
service users and young offenders.

Working through Blackpool Councilfor Voluntary Services, the university
teamed up with 20 community organisations to conduct a ‘healthcheck’
of their ICT needs. The scheme works because there
is a bedrock of mutual benefit. The student volunteers learn about working
with communities and applying their knowledge in practical contexts,
which makes them more employable; community groups and their users
learn how to use technology and apply it to their needs, and reach a stage
where they can take part in formal accredited learning.

Key points from the Exemplar Learning Programme 2007

Build on evidence but be ready to reinvent:
the most successful projects learn from what has gone before, but are sensitive to context.
Knowledge and expertise must be adapted to meet the unique challenges of places and people.

We learn by listening:
the programme highlighted the importance of thorough preparation, listening to those who have been
involved in similar projects and to the concerns and aspirations of local people.

We learn by doing:
meeting and overcoming expected and unexpected challenges enables practitioners to learn what works and what doesn’t. Flexibility and pragmatism are vital to success.

We learn by daring:
the most effective projects don’t stick to the obvious. They venture into the unknown and set themselves challenges
that are beyond the call of duty.

We learn by valuing:
overcoming conflicts and building relationships of trust and respect enables partnerships to work effectively.

We learn by reflecting:
evaluation is an essential learning process, especially when used to adjust priorities and practice during a project

We learn by owning:
when participants feel a personal responsibility for a project, it generates an energy and will to succeed that turns
obstacles into opportunities.

Sharing the learning is important:
while some projects put systems in place at an early stage to share what has been learned, others appear to
approach this as an afterthought. Learning may be lost unless specific provision is made.

The Egan principles need an underpinning ethos:
the most effective and convincing projects don’t just supply the elements of a sustainable community.
They reveal an ethos that marries energy and values to vital professional skills. A successful project is more than just a job.

Charity donations

If you are a charity with an address in Blackpool, Wyre or Fylde, you are entitled to a free computer from PC Recycler Ltd.

If you have not yet claimed a free computer from us, please contact us to arrange collection.

If you have previously claimed a computer from us, you can get it upgraded to a newer model by joining the Blackpool Computer Club at a cost of just one Pound per week.