City and Islington College PCs are reused in developing countries

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City and Islington College, which renews a large percentage of its PC and Macs every year, donates its old computers to developing countries via the charity Computer Aid.

For example, in 2008 it donated over 1000 computers with a value of over £20,000. These machines are reused in education, health and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries where access to technology is often limited but highly useful. The college has achieved engagement of students in this initiative through the Student Union. On the other hand, 1000 computers represent around 30 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) that would otherwise needed to be disposed of.