While reusing PCs with Computer Aid can help expand access to ICT in developing countries, it also ensures the most environmentally friendly solution for unwanted computers in the UK, since reuse is far better for the environment than recycling.
Computer Aid is a strong advocate for the sustainable use of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and we have continued to create awareness in the UK about the environmental importance of reuse over recycling and campaigned to put a stop to the dumping of e-waste outside of the EU.
Last year, Computer Aid received funding from the European Union to help increase e-waste advocacy capabilities in the Balkans and improve policy and practice across Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bulgaria in partnership with the Balkans E-waste Management Advocacy Network. This funding meant we could hire a full-time Environmental Advocacy Officer on a 12 month contract for the first time.
Having a full-time member of staff working on these issues allowed us to consolidate our knowledge and experience into four special reports, of which one was presented at a Parliamentary event on the House of Commons terrace in March 2011.
The funding also enabled us to put together a comprehensive environmental advocacy toolkit for community groups and NGOs worldwide, which will help others to also campaign to reduce e-waste. We hope to secure funding next year in order to build on our experience in e-waste advocacy and facilitate improved e-waste management in Africa. This is critical if countries in the region are to cope with the increased use of electrical equipment worldwide.
Computer Aid continues to be a strong advocate for the sustainable use of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE)