IT firm wants e-waste for charity

Asks residents in the UAE to donate old computers, which will be repaired and given to charitable organisations

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IT firm wants e-waste for charity IT Serve.com hopes their Recycle IT project will reduce the amount of e-waste in the country.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 15, 2009

An IT services firm in the United Arab Emirates is asking residents to donate their e-waste, which will be refurbished and given to those in need.

As part of a new project called Recycle IT, IT-serve.com wants people to drop off any unwanted computers, monitors, laptops, printers, routers, switches and hubs to their office in International City’s China Cluster (D8 Shop 7) and pay AED 20 to cover hardware costs on each machine.

The refurbished equipment will then be handed to Lola Lopez, founder of Volunteer in Dubai and Aid in Motion, who spearheads charitable initiatives both in the country and abroad.

“Having worked here for a while I understand the amount of waste peripherals that are just discarded or left in storage when they are in perfectly good working condition,” Ben Goodman, sales manager at IT Serve told itp.net. “I suggested to Lola that IT-serve and Volunteer in Dubai work together on a project to recycle these computer peripherals and she mentioned that she would be able to source the people in need of these machines.

The United Arab Emirates is slowly waking up to the reality of electronic waste which, according to environmental crusaders Greenpeace, now accounts for 5% of all solid municipal waste worldwide.

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