E-waste has become one of the most talked about problems in the modern world, causing environmental issues and contributing to the ongoing digital divide.
When technology is discarded as waste, it is sent to landfill sites where hazardous chemicals leak into the surrounding ground, waterways, and ecosystems. The damage to the environment is huge and is made worse by near-constant technological upgrades of new devices while discarding previous ones.
Here at Computer Aid, we offer a solution which not only saves tech from being sent to landfill, but also repurposes it to bridge the digital divide between global communities. We refurbish devices and technology which are no longer being used and program them for reuse among local communities and overseas, connecting people to the digital world.
Our mission has seen us support schools and groups locally and across the UK, as well as a number of communities in other countries all around the world.
Recent innovations are transforming our business and industry, revolutionising the way we manage electronic waste – with this blog introducing just some of the e-cycling innovations at work.
The use of modern tracking in computer recycling
One way that modern technology can facilitate a seamless e-waste recycling journey lies in tracking and the way that blockchain can be used to track each digital component from its source through to its final destination.
There are two main benefits to this. Businesses and companies can track and see the impact that their donation has had, while industry standards can also ensure that devices which are donated are indeed going towards economic and charitable initiatives. Blockchain technology as a form of tracking means that it’s easier to ascertain how a device has been treated and managed, minimising the issue of dumping or disposing of e-waste in a way which causes damage to the environment.
Technology connecting initiatives to donors and charity partners
The better our global connections become, the easier we are able to connect donors and donations with those who need them. Technology forms a core part of our work in terms of research and identifying the best outlets for our donated computers and tech devices and is also responsible for helping us build and create the computer labs that are helping communities across the world.
Is technology the future of e-waste recycling?
In short, there are a number of existing and future technology innovations and developments which we believe will continue to revolutionise our industry and organisation – helping us to connect with more donors, sort through more donations, and help more communities.
To join our mission, or to find out more about computer recycling and how to become a part of the Computer Aid community, get in touch today.