UNSW IT Lends Support to eReuse Program

ereuse standeReuse is a UNSW student start-up and not-for-profit organisation with the goal of supporting a sustainable e-waste management system. The program, funded by Arc, has recently launched as a pilot, and UNSW IT are proud to be able to support the initiative.

eReuse has a two main goals. The first is to reduce the amount of e-waste filling up landfills across Australia by breathing new life into “old but good” computer equipment. At the same time, eReuse hopes help bridge the digital divide by getting that computing equipment into the hands of disadvantaged families. 

Emma Bayliss-Chan is co-ordinating the project. “We noticed that with the rise of technology also came the rise of e-waste and discovered only 10% of the 4 million computers sold in a year will end up being recycled in Australia. The rest will become e-waste, which will be discarded as landfill or exported to other countries. At the same time, we learnt that almost 20% of Australians do not have access to a computer at home, the main reasons being a low socio economic background or geographical constraints.”

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Bayliss-Chan notes the program has evolved during the pilot period. “We initially started as a social enterprise project in student organisation Enactus, then we transitioned to a not for profit incorporation and now we have just partnered with Arc as a pilot volunteer program so we have an exciting journey ahead of us.”

Ian Summers from Desktop Services said UNSW IT will support eReuse by supplying older PCs that would normally be disposed. “It’s the students at eReuse that have the knowledge and process for wiping the PCs and preparing them for release to the communities they’ve engaged with,” Summer’s said. “The community engagements are not easy to establish, it was a significant amount of work to build the relationships and trust that’s in place.”

And if you’ve got working computer equipment you’d like to donate yourself, eReuse would love to hear from you. “The wider UNSW Community can also help by dropping off any unwanted computers, peripherals, technology in general at the MCIC e-waste recycling bin.”

You can contact Emma and the team at eReuse.

6 comments on “UNSW IT Lends Support to eReuse Program

  • Hi All, As the Data Centre Manager for UNSW IT we end up with pallet loads or servers and equipment that works (or is in various stages of working) that typically ends up in the Recycled bucket, but would be well worth considering for use here rather than broken down to its recyclable parts.
    If someone would like to get in touch with me I am happy to discuss further what our options may be.

  • I think this is a great idea. Perhaps the first place they can distribute computers is to UNSW students who are financially disadvantaged?

    Is there any process for writing off computers, eg, running DBAN or removing entries from CMDB etc before we give them to eReuse?

    • Jonelyn Abacan Luna says:

      I will work with Desktop Teams to find ways for the CMDB to be updated of PCs that have been provided to the eReuse program. I will keep you posted as discussions progress,

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