Nice story at CNN…. Dumpster diving + computer = 100 trees–
Jude Ndambuki teaches high school chemistry, but when he’s not in class, you might find him Dumpster diving for discarded computers. For the past eight years, the Kenya native has been refurbishing computers, printers and other electronic educational resources otherwise headed for landfills, then sending them to grateful students back home. “The children in Kenya have very few resources; even a pencil is very hard to get,” said Ndambuki, 51, who lives in the New York City suburb of Dobbs Ferry. “Being one of the kids who actually experienced very dire poverty in Kenya, I feel any part that I can play to make the life of kids better, I better do it.”
In NYC alone I see at least a dozen+ computers *per day* in the trash when I go on long walks.
6 thoughts on “Dumpster diving + computer = 100 trees”
restore my confidence in mankind. well done.
I frequently encounter computers from family, friends and even my workplace that have obsolete but functional desktop computers and laptops. I have no idea what to do with them or how to get them into the hands of people who would appreciate them.
Is there any way to find out where Jude Ndambuki sends these computers? I’d gladly install Ubuntu or some other open source OS on some PCs and gladly ship them to Kenya.
My hometown has a recycling program for old tech products, and supposedly they repair some and give them to people who need them. You might check to see if there is a recycling drop-off center for tech products in your area. Keeps lead and other contaminants out of landfills too.
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