VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - When re-use is championed over recycling many positive gains are made. In the case of Computers for Schools, it has lead to the achievement of their 125,000th computer being transferred from an office into a classroom.
"CUE-BC recognizes the great service Computer for Schools offers to the students of BC," says. Mike Silverton, president Computer Using Educators of B.C. "With reduced local budgets and no targeted technology funding, CFS enables schools to support learning in the classroom. Many schools would be without technology if CFS and the generosity of their donors did not exist."
Business often talks about engaging in 'corporate social responsibility' and CFS makes it easy to achieve those goals. Directing surplus equipment to schools supports education, ensures that the upcoming work force has access and opportunity to current technology and our environment is better protected.
"Computers for Schools is operating on a new set of the three R's, receive, refurbish and redistribute," says Mary-Em Waddington, executive director, Computers for Schools - British Columbia. "It's very rewarding to see the educational and environmental impacts that our equipment makes in BC classrooms, considering donors could have sent the computers for end of life disposal."
Beyond the educational benefits of Computers for Schools, the program also promotes sustainable re-use through the refurbishment of surplus computers donated by business and government. The work of information technology students and dedicated volunteers helps extend the useful life of the computers by 3 to 5 years for use in schools and non-profit organizations.
"It's wonderful to see Computers for Schools celebrate this impressive milestone during Waste Reduction Week," says Brock Macdonald, CEO, Recycling Council of B.C. "Schools are not dumping grounds for old equipment and the work CFS does to reduce waste by delivering an effective reuse program has greatly benefited B.C.'s education system and our environment."
The re-use approach advocated by CFS is a key incentive for many businesses to join with the federal government in support of learning opportunities, the environment and community development. Computers are donated by many organizations, notably Coast Capital Savings, BC Hydro and TELUS.
If more equipment is donated to Computers for Schools it increases the opportunity for refurbishment and redistribution to schools and other learning organizations. We all have a role to play in dealing with our electronic waste responsibly. Most of the time it's not "waste" at all and reuse has a vital role to play.
Computers for Schools, co-founded in 1993 by Industry Canada and the Telephone Pioneers, collects, refurbishes and distributes donated computers to schools, libraries and not for profit organizations to bridge the digital divide and ensure all learners have access to today's technology.