Eaga sends PCs to Africa


Re-using computers in African schools can provide more benefit than recycling

Energy efficiency advisory group Eaga is sending its old IT equipment for reuse in developing countries in Africa rather than shipping it to the recycling plant. The EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive that came into force in the UK in July requires firms to dispose of electronic goods responsibly.

But experts have criticised WEEE for emphasising recycling only. And United Nations (UN) research says passing on a PC for someone else to use is 20 times more effective at saving lifecycle energy. Sending equipment overseas makes more sense for everybody, said Eaga organisational development director Dave Routledge.

‘The need for modern computers and IT equipment is huge, and there is a growing environmental responsibility for all of us to reuse wherever possible,’ said Routledge.

Eaga will be dispatching hundreds of laptops, monitors and PCs via charity Computer Aid International in the coming months. Since 1997 Computer Aid has shipped in excess of 90,000 PCs to more than 100 developing countries.