Bogotá, December 17th, 2016. Computadores para Educar program not only delivers equipment to educational institutions, libraries, and houses of culture to improve the quality of education in the country but also is committed to the environment. For this reason, this year completed more than 22,000 obsolete equipment recovered, equivalent to 451 tons of electronic waste that will not contaminate the educational venues of the country.
Since 2007, the program has collected nearly 1,900 tons of electronic waste, equivalent to 152 tractor units, or more than 2.5 Olympic swimming pools full. It has also handled (demanufacture) more than 4,600 tons, more than 70% of which have been recovered and returned to production processes and about 30% have been disposed properly in landfills.
According to a study conducted by the National Consulting Center, the program has prevented more than 27,000 tons of CO2 from becoming particles that increase global warming and that another 106,000 directly affect the environment.
Computadores para Educar has carried out this work through its National Center for the Use of Electronic Waste (Cenare). Since 2007, it has been processing computers (previously delivered to educational institutions) that have already reached their useful life cycle and are disassembled and separated so that they can be used.
“Thanks to this work, electronic waste has a great potential to return to production processes through the sale to authorized managers. Demanufacture of electronic waste facilitates the use and separation of hazardous waste, which at the same time guarantees its proper final disposal, avoiding direct contamination of people and the environment”, said Fernando Bedoya, Director of Computadores para Educar.
From demanufacturing clean currents are obtained, that is, materials such as metals, plastics, and glasses, that can be reused by different companies in byproducts. These wastes are also sold as a source of income for the program. To date, more than 112 thousand obsolete equipment has been collected from public schools of the country.
Thanks to this initiative, unique in Latin America, Colombia is considered one of the leading countries in the region in the management of electronic waste.
About Computadores para Educar
Computadores para Educar is a program of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) that works in three strategic lines: the delivery of computers for education institutions, the training of teachers for the use of new technologies, and the environmental use of technology, which is summarized in the management of electronic waste.