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Breathing new life into old PCs and electronics

GITEX Technology Week is highlighting an eco-friendly vision by partnering with Dubai Municipality to promote their PC Recycle Campaign.

Breathing new life into old PCs and electronics
Old PCs can be recycled and reused.

GITEX Technology Week is highlighting an eco-friendly vision by partnering with Dubai Municipality to promote their PC Recycle Campaign.

Dubai Municipality accepts donations of unwanted PCs and refurbishes them so they can be handed over to charitable causes identified by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment (MBRAMCH).

Qasem Mohammed Rafi AlQasem, Principal Office Automation Technician at Dubai Municipality, says that they accept all types of computing equipment, including PCs and printers. “Most of our donations are from governments, companies, universities and banks,” AlQasem states. “Most come to us and want to know what we’re doing with the PCs. Unusable items are given to the Environmental Department at Dubai Municipality who will arrange for recycling.”

Over 10,000 items of equipment are estimated to have been distributed since the campaign kicked off in 2007, while AlQasem says the target is to donate 6,000 PCs every year.

Electronics vendors are also taking the matter seriously. “For our products, we always think about which materials to use, energy consumption and CO2 emissions. As a manufacturer, we are always demanding that we must do something good for the environment,” says Yoshishiro Matsukawa, Councillor at Panasonic’s brand promotion group.

It’s a vision that Sanyo also promotes. “Sanyo has many projects and products related to being eco-friendly. In the last couple of years we’ve become very aggressive in our approach,” comments Sales Manager Ashfaq Ahmed Khan.

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