CASE STUDY

Reducing technological inequalities through recycling

In 2016, we began working with Computer Aid in its efforts to reduce technological inequalities across the world.

Since it was founded in 1997, Computer Aid has provided access to technology to over 14.5 million people and continues to strive for a world where everyone has access to technology through environmentally responsible solutions. This mission not only aligns with our focus on making knowledge and learning more accessible through the power of technology; it also supports our commitment to substantially reduce our impact on the environment as a responsible publisher.

To date, OUP has donated a total of 3,769 pieces of equipment to Computer Aid, including computing equipment and devices such as printers, mobile phones, and peripherals. Our donations have spanned over six continents and 41 countries, with most equipment being donated from our offices in the UK, India, and Hong Kong. The reuse of equipment has prevented 53,296kg of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere through e-waste.

In the past year, a total of 346 items of equipment donated by OUP have been sent to non-profit organizations and educational institutions both in the UK and abroad, including monitors, laptops, and desktops. Any equipment that was unable to be reused was sustainably recycled with any income generated used to help fund Computer Aid's work and cover the costs of logistics and labour.

In addition to this, our New York office has shown how important it is for each individual to focus on recycling. Using various sources, the team was able to recycle a vastly diverse range of items from fluorescent bulbs and books to printer cartridges and batteries. They are rightly proud to have zero waste to landfill which was set up in this office many, many years ago ‘before it was the norm.’ Our private hauler takes our separated paper, plastic, metal, glass for recycling and the non-recyclables/waste goes to another facility to be burned for renewable energy.

‘We’re extremely proud to work alongside Computer Aid to help provide access to technology for those who need it most.

It’s so important that we work with charitable organizations whose mission and values align with our own, both in terms of working to ensure education and research are accessible to everyone, and reducing our own carbon footprint on the environment.’

Richard Adams Head of End User Services, OUP

'OUP’s continued commitment to sustainable IT reuse is creating tangible changes by providing technological infrastructure to educational institutions who lack it, whilst reducing e-waste and its detrimental effects on the planet.’

Michael Shacalis Impact & Reporting Manager, Computer Aid