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EPA donates refurbished computers

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

In an effort to cut back on resource use, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) joined forces with the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) to give 7,210 refurbished computers to disadvantaged children, the EPA said yesterday.

EPA Minister Steven Shen (沈世宏) said: “People need to recycle resources for the sustainable development of the earth, not only through [taking them apart and] recycling, but also reusing old available resources.”

The computer recycling program, called “Your Old Computer, His/Her Hope,” is an annual campaign, Shen said, adding that this year, the EPA collected 19,414 old computers and 15,929 monitors, which were turned into 7,210 refurbished units with the help of the CIER engineers.

“In recent years, garbage reduction and recycling has been an EPA priority. Through giving out second-hand computers, we are promoting the concept of reduce, recycle and reuse, while facilitating a bond between businesses and disadvantaged groups,” Shen said.

Many organizations made more than one donation drive during the past year and gave more than 300 computers, including the Ministry of Education, China Steel Corp and National Taiwan University Hospital, and the computers went to 4,756 students and 149 disadvantaged groups, Shen said.

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