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 Sunday, January 30, 2011
UNESCO highlighted the contribution of the Program Computers for Schools from the ICT Ministry, which manages the electronic waste in Colombia, highlighting the program as an example of "best practices" considering that it has "extended its refurbishment projects for the recycling process".

The book “The Electronic Waste: a challenge for the knowledge society in Latin America and the Caribbean” emphasizes that the e-waste require a propper management and that "in many countries there is a lack of specific regulations and business initiatives for its sustainable treatment".

The document says too that "despite the undeniable benefits of the Information and Communicatons Technology, we cannot forget the pollution that it can cause to end the cycle of life" and in this context highlights the
work of the Program Computers for Schools from Colombia and Chilenter from Chile.

"In the Digital Living Plan of Colombia, which will spread the use of technology, we contemplated the use and final disposal of electronic waste that is a commitment to shows the responsibility which we assume as goals in this administration, and we project a development that will have not any conflict with the environment of our country", said the ICT Minister, Diego Molano.

With this recognition, and the environmental license, granted for the proper management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RAEE) by Resolution 7253 issued on November 25, 2010, the Program Computers for Schools is confirmed as the first State center from Latin America to take advantage and give an appropriate provision for electronic waste.

“2010 was very positive year for the use of electronic waste, as it is managed in an environmentally sound manner over 32,000 damaged and obsolete computers and consolidated a model of exploitation and management of electronic waste, closing the materials cycle and prevents thousands of tons of these wastes are disposed improperly and generate negative environmental impacts,  on account of some toxic substances contained in them”, said the Executive Director of the Program Computers for Schools, Martha Castellanos.

(Source: MINTIC - Colombia)
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