It is estimated that there are over 6 million computers and computer accessories in use in Hong Kong and about one fifth of them are replaced each year, according to Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of Hong Kong. People living in big cities, like Hong Kong, tend to buy new gadgets all the time. So where do the old ones go? Some go to landfills for sure, but we can help recycle them using the Computer Recycling Programme (CRP) by EPD. I saw this poster in the building I live, so I thought I should talk briefly about it.
EPD launched a pilot recovery programme in January 2003, which became the basis for the Computer Recycling Programme that was launched 5 years later. Recycling your used computer has never been easier. The CRP is fully funded by the industry and supported by the EPD and the green groups, and it provides collection services all over Hong Kong. Find a collection point near you here.
The CRP collects used computers and computer parts for refurbishment and recycling. It has been working with Caritas Hong Kong, a charitable organization, to help refurbish computers that are still in working condition and donate them to the needy. For those that don’t work, a commercial recycler will dismantle the computers and recover useful parts and materials.
Most of us don’t know what to do with our unwanted appliances or computers. Before you dump them into the trash can, do consider donating them or bringing them to a collection point. It may be a little more work for you, but it’s both a green and kind act to do, and it’s totally worth it.