Recycling and Electronic Waste

Doing our bit to reduce, re-use and recycle.

By Joseph Geddes, 31 October, 2019

Motherboards, printer and other electronic waste

When providing Computer Repairs, there comes a time when you can’t move for all the beeping motherboards and noisy fans.

A lot of our clients ‘donate’ their old, unneeded devices in the hope we can put them to better use and we often can.

Some items get refurbished, a thorough clean and update, ready to be sold on. Other devices are simply too old, or in need of too many components for refurbishment to be a viable option. This is when CRC come in.


The Community Recycling Consortium are a social enterprise based in Stoke-on-Trent. They collect all of your items that can’t be refurbished by us.

They provide training and employment to vulnerable people and people with mental health issues.

We also use CRC as a second layer for drive destruction. All hard drives that cannot be re-used are wiped and overwritten with DBaN, then collected by CRC for certified destruction. This two step approach should reduce the risk of any data falling into the wrong hands.

The Guardian made this great video which follows some of the employees of CRC in their daily tasks.

How you can support CRC

Bring in your surplus electronics to our Workshop. CRC regularly collect from our premises, particularly in Half-term as we are located near two schools.

Our staff are more than happy to help carry heavy items like printers and computer towers.