Camara Education is taking part in the national campaign ‘Reuse Month’, which will run throughout October in Ireland. The campaign was launched last week by the Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD in Dublin, Ireland.

Camara Education Business Development Manager, Mark Fox, with the Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD during the launch of National Reuse Month

Camara Education Business Development Manager, Mark Fox, with the Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD during the launch of National Reuse Month

National Reuse Month is a new waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items such as replaced computer equipment that would otherwise be scrapped.  

Camara Education is reducing the carbon footprints of organisations and individuals every day. We receive used computers that would have been put beyond reuse and recycled and instead extend the life of these computers through a refurbishment process. Why do this?  

70% of the energy that a typical desktop will use during its lifetime is consumed when it is manufactured  – equivalent to 300 kgs of CO2 for a laptop and 300 kgs for a flat screen monitor. So it makes more environmental sense to extend the life of desktops, laptops and flat screen monitors by donating them to Camara.

 

Camara Education process donated computers from organisations and individuals for refurbishment and reuse in schools around the world. The computers are brought to Camara to be tested and refurbished. All hard drives are erased using a US Department of Defence (DoD 5220.22-M) and NIST 800-88 compliant program that operates on a firmware level, making it impossible to retrieve any data. If the hard drive fails during the wipe it is physically removed, degaussed and crushed. Every donor receives a certificate listing the make, model and serial of all hard drives that were erased and all items received.

Camara Education Business Development Manager, Mark Fox, at the launch of National Reuse Month in Ireland

Camara Education Business Development Manager, Mark Fox, at the launch of National Reuse Month in Ireland

After refurbishment, these computers are shipped to one of our Education Hubs in Africa or Ireland, and they are used to improve educational outcomes of students from disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Zambia, Ireland, Tanzania, Lesotho and Ethiopia. Camara believes that quality education and youth empowerment are the greatest tools to alleviate poverty.

Since 2005, Camara Education has shipped 80,000 computers to its Educational Hubs. That is equivalent to the deferral of the release of over 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

You can drop off your computer equipment free of charge. We are located in Chapelizod Industrial Estate, Dublin 20 (map), Ireland. Our opening hours are 09.00-17.00 from Monday to Friday. We also offer nationwide collection service for companies. A collection fee applies.