Wasted opportunity

For a while, desktop personal computers used to be "PC Compatible".

This compatibility meant that if a component failed, a compatible component could be purchased and installed.

For example, if the power supply failed, the compatible replacement would be the right size to fit in the space where the failed unit was removed from. All the holes for the securing screws would line up, and all the power cables would have the correct connectors to plug straight in.

Compatible parts were not substandard counterfeit parts, on the contrary, the part might be better quality than the original.

All parts of a PC Compatible desktop were available in standard sizes, including the chassis/case which housed all the other parts.
The result was a computer which could be continually repaired (if it failed) and made to run indefinitely.
As long as the computer was only required to do the task it was originally bought for, everything was fine for the owner of the computer.

Not so good for the manufacturer though. Two major problems exist with this situation.

The computer owner can buy spare parts from anywhere, and the manufacturer gets nothing.
The computer keeps working and the manufacturer does not get to sell the owner another computer for a long time, if ever.

Manufacturers want to keep selling more products and make more money.
They build items to only last a few years, and change designs regularly so there is no compatibility. Parts needed for repairs have to be bought from the manufacturer at inflated prices.
The high price of parts make repairs uneconomical so the item is thrown away and a replacement purchased.

This is what manufacturers want, but is it environmentally friendly?

Would it not be better to make items easy to maintain and repair with parts compatibility across similar manufacturers.
If computer manufactures can do it, so could washing machine manufacturers and many others.

How much waste could be reduced if a simple repair prevented another otherwise serviceable item with a multitude of usable parts going for scrap?

Another dead whale full of plastic

How many wake up calls do we need? 


If plastic will not degrade, should it not be banned and replaced?

Around 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our oceans — with an additional eight million tons entering the water each year, according to the World Economic Forum.

Here is a picture of a model whale made out of waste taken from the sea.

A sperm whale’s diet is usually comprised of giant squid. But the 33-foot long mammal that washed up on the beach of Cabo de Palos on February 27 2018 was unusually thin.
The necropsy results, released last week, listed just some of the items scientists found stuck in its stomach and intestines: plastic bags, pieces of net, a plastic water container.
Officials said the whale died of an abdominal infection, called peritonitis: It just couldn’t digest the waste it had swallowed, causing its digestive system to rupture.
This, say officials, is a concern not only because sperm whales are endangered, but also because it’s another grim reminder of just how much plastic waste is being dumped into the ocean.

An estimated 150 million tons of plastic are already floating in our world’s oceans.

A report ( www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf ) from the World Economic Forum found that the amount of plastic in the ocean may outweigh fish by 2050

Fact Checking by snopes.com:


  • Gabbatiss, Josh.   “Plastic Pollution Killed Sperm Whale Found Dead on Spanish Beach.”
        CNN.   7 April 2018.
  • Said-Moorhouse, Lauren.   “Ocean Plastic Predicted to Triple Within a Decade.”
        CNN.   21 March 2018.
  • Diaz, Andrea.   “A Sperm Whale That Washed Up on a Beach in Spain Had 64 Pounds of Plastic and Waste in its Stomach.”
        CNN.   11 April 2018.
  • Hamilton, Kristy.   “Post-Mortem On Thirteen Beached Sperm Whales Found Their Stomachs Full Of Plastic.”
        IFL Science.   28 March 2016.
  • Nace, Trevor.   “Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem.”
        Forbes.   9 April 2018.

Let swallows nest in peace

What is wrong with people these days?

Norwich Tesco store blocks nesting site with netting which could injure returning swallows.

About PC Recycler Ltd.

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 computer 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

Promote repair and re-use with the restart project :- http://therestartproject.org/about/

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  'redundant' 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, why not sell or recycle it?

Delete all the data on your mobile phone your phone before you dispose of it.



Here are some links to mobile phone buyers.






Other ways to deal with mobile phones.



Recycle Batteries

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

Retailers must offer free collection (‘takeback’) of waste or used batteries if they are selling or supplying 32kg or more of portable batteries per year.
Source https://www.gov.uk/battery-waste-supplier-reponsibilities

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.

Domestic users, find the nearest recycling point here , using your postcode.

Buying rechargeable batteries instead of none rechargeable batteries will produce considerably less waste.