The Royal Mencap Society and Europe’s largest computer recycling organisation RDC have announced a new partnership, allowing people to recycle unwanted IT equipment and other electronic devices whilst raising funds for Mencap.
Consumer Buyback Services, (CBS) the consumer operating division of RDC, allows people to tackle the growing issue of increased electronic waste by donating unwanted or damaged IT equipment, which they then recycle and turn into revenue for charity.
50 million tonnes of toxic electronic waste is generated every year and just 12.5 per cent of this is recycled. Computer systems represent a large proportion of the growth, with more being used in home and business with diminishing life-cycles. Without action, an ever-growing surplus of unused computers and laptops fill toxic e-waste sites.
Richard Yorke, Mencap’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with the worlds foremost IT recycling company. The partnership will provide an excellent opportunity for people to raise funds for Mencap whilst combating a worrying threat to the global environment. CBS-RDC’s donations to Mencap for the old IT equipment and other electronic devices they receive from us will help fund our campaigns which have won many victories for people with a learning disability, and also fund our helpline which offers advice and support to people with a learning disability, their families and carers.”
Ashley Peniston-Bird of CBS – RDC said: “We support a number of charitable organisations worldwide and are proud to announce an official partnership with Mencap. It is incredibly important for us to make people aware of the damages to the environment that a surplus of waste IT equipment can cause. Giving people a chance to reverse this trend whilst raising money for other worthwhile causes is something we are proud to offer and has proved an incredibly popular offering”
For anyone who wishes to donate and recycle their old IT and consumer electronic equipment and raise funds for Mencap all they need to do is follow the simple 3 step process outlined here.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. www.mencap.org.uk