Recycle your IT equipment for charity!

Updated: 20 December 2007

Residents can donate their old computers, mobile phones and other IT equipment to help vulnerable children.

The recycling teams at Watford and Three Rivers, together with Hewlett Packard (HP) and Herts Waste Aware partnership, are giving residents an opportunity to donate their old computers, mobile phones and other IT equipment to help vulnerable children.

Residents will be able to drop off their unwanted equipment at a special event taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January at Leavesden Country Park, in the car park on the north side – next to Woodlands YMCA, between 10am and 3pm. This car park can be accessed via College Road or Linnet Road.

Equipment that can be reused will be professionally refurbished; some will be given to NCH, the children's charity, and some will be sold at low cost to UK-based organisations that cannot afford to buy new computers. Items that cannot be reused will be dismantled and the materials recycled.

Watford Borough Council's cabinet member for the environment, Councillor Derek Scudder, said

"Many people will be getting new computers or mobile phones this Christmas, but there are a lot of underprivileged young people who can’t afford these things. This is an excellent opportunity to help them by passing on your old equipment so that it can be refurbished and given a new lease of life.”

Portfolio Holder for Public Services and Health at Three Rivers, Councillor Phil Brading, commented:

“IT equipment such as computers, printers or scanners should not be put into landfill, they have to be disposed of properly. By donating your old equipment to this event you’ll be helping somebody less fortunate this Christmas and benefiting the environment too.”

Please note - this is not a confidential waste disposal event and the organisers cannot be held responsible for the security of any personal information held on your IT equipment. Please wipe all personal details and confidential information from your equipment before disposal.

For more information on this and other similar events across Hertfordshire, please visit