The online borrowing network neighBORROW has partnered with Goods for Good to provide working, used computers to East Africa.
In Africa, the computers will be used by organizations that take care of orphans. neighBORROW users that donate a computer will be able to track where it ends up online.
Participants will also receive an increased rating by the site, which lets users post items they have, and what they need, to create a supply and demand-based local network promoting reuse.
“We think that someone who understands the importance of giving to others and not wasting the Earth’s resources is someone who is more likely to be trusted to return a power tool or a DVD,” said neighBORROW co-founder Adam Berk.
Because computers contain hazardous metals including lead and mercury, many states encourage or require them to be kept out of landfills. You can use Earth911 to find other locations to recycle your computer.