Instead of being recycled, Parafix’s redundant computer hardware is being donated to a Worthing based charity that sends the units to Ghana where they are reused in providing computers for schools and colleges to help children gain the ICT skills that will be essential to building a better future.
The Charity (CARE) – Collecting And Recycling Ecologically, provides computers for developing countries and is managed by Jibreal Hagan from Worthing in West Sussex. He is overseeing the shipping of the PCs, monitors and printers to chosen schools in the African country.
When computer units have been donated, CARE wipes existing data using software which purges and erases data to Ministry of Defence (MOD) standards. Once the data has been wiped, CARE packs the equipment into containers and ships them to Ghana. They leave from Felixstowe and arrive at Tema Port in Ghana 8-10 days later. Once through customs they head towards a service & distribution centre where the team installs the new operating systems and programs.
CARE’s professional decommissioning service guarantees full compliance with the WEEE Directive. Any equipment that cannot be re-used is recycled through licensed waste management companies.
Commenting on the scheme, Parafix MD Michael Punter said “It is fantastic that we can make good use of our redundant IT equipment in this way and this initiative helps us with our commitment to support local charities as well as benefiting many children in Africa who are far less fortunate than ourselves.”