Businesses urged to upgrade, rather than throw away
With computer technology improving enormously with each passing year, one expert has called on companies to help reduce electrical waste by looking to upgrade their laptops.
Caroline Laitner, senior consultant at environmental organisation Waste Watch, said that most technology is not currently designed to enable users to upgrade it later on.
With the price of computers falling in recent years, the majority of people hope to get a few years of use from their laptops, Ms Laitner suggested.
"We would encourage people to look for models you can update and upgrade rather than having to buy a completely new unit," she remarked.
The expert added: "We would also suggest that if people are buying something new that they actually do recycle and make sure they use things to the extent of their ability."
Waste Watch is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides advice and information on how to reduce waste.
Article Date: 04 June 2008
To view articles in our archive please click here.