Life Initiative for Technology (LIFT)
After you get a new cell phone, what do you do with the old one? We are conducting a survey on electronics recycling, both to promote awareness of the opportunities available to recycle your old tech and to encourage people to get involved. After completing the survey, you can see the answers plus a list of links for more information, with the goal of educating people of all age groups and generating interest in a topic that is only getting more and more relevant.
We Care Act eCycling Survey, please click link here
If you are accessing from China, please use the link below.
For team leaders and We Care Club leaders/members, this is a great opportunity to organize an event at your school/after-school or in your neighborhood (we have a one page paper format survey available). You may combine the survey event with recycling education, recycling, and computer refurbishing event.
LIFT is a program for recycling and refurbishing electronics. LIFT has two purposes:
1. To promote recycling of electronics in order to save energy and help the environment.
2. To increase access to technology for children in need.
The computers we collected are checked by our team and refurbished or repaired when possible, and the disk will be reformatted to erase the existing data, software, programs, operating system, etc. A new operating system will be installed before sending to the orphans/children in need. Computers and its accessories that cannot not be repaired or refurbished will be sent to the recycling center.
We've collected hundreds of PDF formatted children's books and we install the books in every refurbished or new computer before sending to its destination. In addition, we distribute disks to kids and groups around the world.
We've delivered laptops/desktops to Boys and Girls orphanage in Houston, Texas, a mission program which helps over thousands children in remote areas in China, and to schools/children in Jiquillio, Nicaragua, Hunan, China, Sipaghat, Nepal, Costa Rica, and South Sudan.
We also helped an inner city elementary school in Houston fix and refurbish laptops for their math lab.
Kindles and tablets were delivered to orphanages in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. A smart phone was donated to a student in need in Houston.
Electronics Recycling Background Information
Each year, 300 million computers and 1 BILLION cell phones are put into production and 20-50 million tons of electronics are put out of production. These millions of electronics discarded every year are called e-waste and the number is expected to continue growing 8% per year, indefinitely. . The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that only 15-20% of e-waste is recycled and the rest of these electronics go directly into landfills and incinerators. Though e-waste comprises ~2% of America's trash in landfills, it constitutes for 70% of overall toxic waste, which makes it an extremely significant environmental and health problem.
Recycling one million laptops has the ability to power over 3,500 homes in the U.S. for an entire year (according to the EPA). 30 million computers being thrown away in the US every year means 81,000 are thrown away every day. By this logic, if every computer was recycled, enough electricity could be generated for over 105,000 every single day.
Not only is disposing e-waste improperly dangerous to our environment and ourselves it is also wasteful in terms of electricity and educational opportunity. The Internet World Stats and the Us Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that less than 40% of the people in the world have a computer in the world, but in the coming decade 77% of jobs will require computer use. This puts those without access to a computer at a severe disadvantage in the labor force, which further highlights the necessity for working computers not to go to the dump.
To solve this problem, we have put a plan in action to recycle computers and other electronics and refurbish them to give them a second life. If they’re unable to be refurbished they are sent to the recycling centers responsively.