Not much recycling

Swedes scrap half a million computers yearly

More than half a million computers are thrown away in Sweden each year, although about half of them could be recycled and reused.

“You can buy a three year old used car that’s been worn out but you can’t buy a [second hand] computer that’s in good condition except for perhaps the battery,” Jim Norlander, CEO of the recycling company Reuse IT told Swedish Radio News.

According to the electronics association El-Kretsen Swedes throw away about 550,000 computers each year, creating an enormous impact on the environment.

Industry analyists say that at least half of them could be reused, yet the policy in many large organisations is often to replace computers every few years.