Every year thousands of computers are sent to salvage to keep pace with technological advances.
A study commissioned by Environment Canada estimated that 91,000 tonnes of IT and telecom equipment were recycled and disposed in 2010, with computers and monitors accounted for 70% of this total.
At the same time, nonprofit organizations are in desperate need of used computers particularly to provide internet access for at-risk or low income groups; whether to search for a job online, reconnect with family in other cities or upgrade one’s education.
Repurposed Labs aims to be a bridge between companies upgrading their computer systems, and organizations that could utilize those computers to provide free internet access for members of their community.
As Margaret Mead, “never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”