Since December 2005, redundant IT equipment in this House has been donated to charity and, after refurbishment, sent for reuse 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 the waste is, where possible, reclaimed and resold.
Other electrical waste is sent for recycling. In 2008-09, the Parliamentary Estates Directorate disposed of approximately 2 tonnes of electrical waste, including batteries, refrigerators, air conditioning units, televisions, lamps, fans, kettles, vacuum cleaners, irons, dishwashers, microwaves, electric fires and telephones.