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House of Lords recycles e-waste

The House of Lords donates its old IT equipment and other electronic equipment to charity.

Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith asked the House of Lords Chairman of Committees what arrangements had been made for the re-use or recycling of computer and electrical equipment no longer required by members of the House ( 27 October).

In response, Lord Brabazon of Tara said: Since December 2005, redundant IT equipment in this House has been donated to charity and, after refurbishment, sent for re-use to countries in Africa. Items not sent to Africa are resold and the proceeds put towards the cost of distributing the donated equipment.

Damaged items are recycled and waste is, where possible, reclaimed and resold. Other electrical waste is sent for recycling. In 2008-09, the Parliamentary Estates Directorate disposed of approximately two tonnes of electrical waste, including batteries, refrigerators, air conditioning units, televisions, lamps, fans, kettles, vacuum cleaners, irons, dishwashers, microwaves, electric fires and telephones.

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