TriREUSE is an EPA funded project which is being conducted to trial the “preparation for reuse” of ICT WEEE such as Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones & Flat Panel Displays.
During this project we are looking to collect data-bearing devices and flat panel displays. The data-bearing devices that we are interested in are laptops, tablets and smartphones. We are also looking to collect flat panel displays such as LCD screens. We would like to run a collection event at your company for your employees to bring in any laptops, tablets & smartphones and flat panel displays (LCD) that they may have at home which are no longer in use and may have potential for reuse.
Reuse is the most preferable environmental option when a device reaches its end of life after its first use. Many electronic devices end up in storage in our homes in drawers and wardrobes due to a lack of information on where devices can be reused. This trial aims to securely collect devices that may have a potential for reuse and get them back in circulation.
Devices that have been assessed as being suitable for reuse will end up being sold as refurbished second-hand items mostly to schools, college students and lower income individuals who are looking for good quality equipment at a low cost. This process will allow our partners to recoup the cost of logistics, data sanitisation, refurbishment and licensing. For example, Laptops would undergo data santisation, deep cleaning and have a Microsoft operating system (Windows 10) installed and fully licensed.
This trial allows owners of data-bearing devices and flat panel displays to securely dispose of their equipment safe in the knowledge that these devices will be assessed as to their potential for reuse and that their data will be securely sanitised before it gets sent for reuse. If the device is not suitable for reuse due to being damaged or has obsolete technology the device will then have its data destroyed before being sent for recycling.
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