End-of-life PCs

Computer Aid is actively encouraging the development of recycling centers. Computer Aid has built a strong partnership with WorldLoop - part of the Belgian NGO Close the Gap - an international non-profit organisation committed to offsetting the negative environmental impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by encouraging the creation of recycling centers in developing countries.
In Africa, Computer Aid and WorldLoop have worked side by side with Computers For Schools Kenya (CFSK) to establish the ever first end-of-life recycling facility in Kenya and East Africa. The facility has won recognition from the Kenyan Environment Agency for its recycling program.
In South America, Computer Aid has developed numbers of projects with Chilenter, a Chile-based foundation providing computers to schools all around the country. Computer Aid, WorldLoop and Chilenter are now working together to ensure a sustainable end-to-end supply chain to avoid e-waste resulting from ICTs.
Whilst ICT provides many benefits its end of life disposal is a major global problem. Part of Computer Aid’s mission is to avoid dumping in landfill and for such equipment to be recycled in sustainable ways. For this reason we have helped establish recycling facilities in Kenya, and endeavor to replicate such facilities in other developing countries. ‘Establishing such facilities requires great investment which many poorer countries simply cannot afford.
The Belgian based NGO, Close the Gap, with whom Computer Aid has a partnership agreement, has an e-certificate system through which companies donating computers can also purchase e-certificates from them, to offset their e-waste footprint.
E-certificate payments are used to fund the setting up of e-waste management centers in developing countries. E-certificate payments are used directly to fund the setting up of e-waste management centers in developing countries where e-waste is recycled in a scientific and sustainable way. This not only helps the environment by ensuring that hazardous e-waste doesn’t end up in landfills but at the same time helps to generate jobs for the growth of local economy.
Companies also have greater control on where and how their IT equipment is handled when it reaches its end of its useable life. Computer Aid wishes to try and establish similar arrangements with companies in the UK. If you would like to discuss this opportunity please contact liesbeth@computeraid.org

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