Free Geek Vancouver – Community Technology Centre
Did you know that the GVRD buries approximately 20,000 tonnes of computer and electronic waste each year? Yesterday I attended the Massive Vancouver Technology Conference at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. I met David Repa, startup coordinator for Free Geek Vancouver. Free Geek Vancouver is a non profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service. Their business model is patterned after the highly successful Free Geek model in Portland Oregon.
He pointed out that much the computers that we donate overseas doesn’t go to the needy people that we though would receive them. Much of it winds up in waste dumps where the poor scrounge around looking for copper and spare parts in highly unsafe and often toxic conditions. Free Geek Vancouver specializes in recycling computer parts in a safe manner and ensures that the computer parts that they donate get to those who need them.
Check out his article on the technology waste situation in Vancouver:
They’re motto is:
“Helping the needy get nerdy since the beginning of the 3rd millenium”
So if you’re interested in helping the needy get nerdy and to reduce the amount of recycled technology waste in Vancouver, contact David Repa at www.freegeekvancouver.org.