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Learn more.... learning from the developing world

Some of the lowest levels of waste and highest levels of recycling are achieved in some of the poor countries of the South. This is because thousands of poor people earn a living by collecting materials that are turning back into something useful.

Resources also tend to be reused and repaired to a much greater extent. In Malawi for example, like in many poor African countries, there is a return/refund/refill scheme on bottled drinks while Cuba is famous for keeping its ancient fleet of American cars running.  

Most significantly Southern countries tend to produce much less waste in the first place and use considerably less energy. Mexico produces just half as much waste per person per year as the US. Bangladesh has the lowest consumption of energy per person per year in the world.

Do you know it is easy it is to recycle your IT and other electrical equipment safely and in ways that can benefit others?

Old computers: Click here for a list of organisations that help disadvantaged people in the UK and in developing countries gain access to IT equipment.

You can find organisations working in your area. Old mobile phones: did you know just 3% of mobile phone owners recycle their old phones?

Yet there are loads of places to recycle unwanted, old or worn out old mobile phones. Many charities collect old phones and the money goes towards funding their work with poor communities in developing countries. For example Oxfam WaterAid Christian Aid There are many other charities that collect old mobile phones for recycling too!