Don’t waste your e-waste
Perth College UHI’s WEEE Centre works with students to refurbish waste IT and communications equipment for resale, giving students access to real life work skills and fault finding as well as affordable, good quality refurbished equipment for sale. This benefits the students who can develop their practical hardware and employability skills in a safe and supportive environment while gaining experience of what is expected in a real life working environment.
The project is also providing a route for local people, businesses and the college to donate their unwanted equipment for responsible reuse or recycling, while improving accessibility to technology for all, through the sale of affordable equipment.
All proceeds from sales go back into the student journey, for example funding scholarships and field trips.
Top 3 learnings:
1 Work experience at the WEEE Centre improves the student experience and increases student motivation.
2 Putting on a programme of events and involving a variety of college departments has increased student engagement and awareness across the college.
3 Building awareness in the local community has increased donations of unwanted IT equipment. The community is keen to support the college and students.
CO2t savings over the life cycle of the project:
40 tonnes collected over 7 years
approx. 664 kg CO2e saved from WEEE otherwise going to landfill