WStore promotes charitable donations in the wake of WEEE channel confusion

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WStore, the leading online supplier of business IT equipment, announced today a partnership with the charity Computer Aid International. WStore has already donated numerous PCs for re-use in developing countries and is encouraging all customers to demonstrate corporate social responsibility and do likewise with unwanted equipment.

In the shadow of increased channel confusion over the postponement of the much talked about European WEEE legislation, and increasing debate on the environmental and security issues of PC disposal, WStore is encouraging the channel to get behind charities such as Computer Aid and put a positive spin on these issues for all concerned.

According to Computer Aid International every year more than 125,000 tonnes of IT equipment including 1.5 million PCs are buried in British landfill sites. Stewart Hayward, WStores Commercial Director said: Simply binning old computers not only has direct implications for the environment, but it could also compromise data. Each year, thousands of PCs are disposed of without properly erasing hard drive data, leaving sensitive files, passwords and contact information vulnerable to data thieves. Computer Aid International not only ensures that these unwanted PCs are used redistributed to worthy causes within developing countries, but ensures the safe disposal of all data from the decommissioned equipment.

Tony Roberts, Founder and MD of Computer Aid International said: "Donating your PCs to Computer Aid International is a one-stop solution that guarantees your WEEE-compliance. Computer Aid holds full Environment Agency registration and exemption. Organisations donating computing equipment to Computer Aid will receive from Computer Aid documentation to demonstrate both their environmental and corporate social responsibility credentials. Donating organisation will be safe in the knowledge that they have satisfied the requirements of the legislation. They will also have the added satisfaction of knowing that their old PCs will bring enormous benefits to the most disadvantaged people in developing countries. Donated PCs will be re-used in schools and community organisations who would otherwise be unable to afford PCs."

For more information about Computer Aid, click the charity's banner on the lefthand side of the IT Reseller portal homepage.

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