The Undersecretary for Modernization of the State, the province of Buenos Aires, joined the E-Waste project developed by the School of Computing at the National University of La Plata (UNLP). Through this initiative electronic waste is harvested, refurbishes and donates them to institutions in need.
To address the growing problem of computer science or technology stainless steel trash cans, the Province of Buenos Aires with the National University of La Plata (UNLP) campaign to increase recycling waste or else give you a proper final treatment to reduce the impact on the environment should not be dismissed as the specialists advise.
With two concurrent programs this alliance allows dealing responsibly “technological junk” in the party of La Plata. The first one, teams disused municipal offices are referred to prison for scrapping by the prisoner. “The municipality has an agreement for more than a year ago, with the provincial Ministry of Justice and Security which computer waste from the municipality prisons are unarmed,” explained Sergio Federovisky, head of that agency.
With the waste generated by the provincial government, the Undersecretary for Modernization of the State of Buenos Aires joined the E-Waste project developed by the School of Computing at the National University of La Plata (UNLP) in a shed Tolosa.
Through this initiative electronic waste is harvested, refurbishes and donates them to institutions in need. Also the plan is based on three key objectives: to raise awareness about the risk associated with lack of treatment of such wastes; promote reuse; providing access to technology for disadvantaged sectors of society, and finally, generate strategic alliances with companies that minimize ecological impact.
- 1 million computers are thrown away each year in the country.
- In Argentina more than one million computers and nearly ten million cell phones are discarded annually, according to various official studies.
- The degree of contamination of this waste has become one of the most important environmental problems in the technology industry and governments worldwide.
- In general, most people eliminate e-waste as waste more, regardless of the devices contain highly harmful to health such as lead, arsenic and nickel toxic materials.
- While nationally there is not yet a law for the safe handling of electronic waste, various provinces and NGOs develop policies that seek to provide solutions to a problem that is growing.
The proposal has over forty volunteers, students and faculty of the academic unit, and works with a trade school and youth cooperatives. Meanwhile, the provincial government Sedio the physical location for the recycling and reuse of waste. It is located in a warehouse of 250 square meters Toulouse. It also provides adequate logistics to transport donated equipment and conduct awareness campaigns about it.
Electronics contain highly harmful to health such as lead, arsenic and nickel and therefore should not be discarded as waste more toxic materials.
For this reason, the province of Buenos Aires have regulations, passed by the Senate in November 2011, which regulates the collection and safe disposal of e-waste that must be approved by the Provincial Agency for companies Sustainable Development (OPDS).
“Since the provincial government youth were invited to work as champions of the environmental issue.So we face together with the School of Computing at the National University of La Plata join the project E-Waste and enable the expansion of workshops for students to recycle computers. We aim to raise awareness among people about the responsible use of technology and the possibility of repair and reuse for social purposes “explained Roberto Reale, provincial secretary for the Modernization of the State.
Since its inception in May 2009, E-waste received 3,125 cabinets, monitors 758 and 494 printers. He also donated more than 200 computers include CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mouses, speakers, CD drives, among others. All refurbished computers come with a free software developed by the faculty itself, emphasizing the social nature of the initiative and contribute to environmental care alternatives generates digital inclusion.
Those institutions or social organizations that are interested in receiving reconditioned and ready to use computer equipment, must complete a form on the page http://e-basura.linti.unlp.edu.ar and a member of E-Waste will communicate them.
To coordinate the delivery of materials should send a mail to: email@example.com or by calling 0221 to 156,159,212.