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Mayor Scott partners with an E-Waste Recycler to donate more than 900 computers to Baltimore families

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 13:54:50-05

BALTIMORE — Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore City Office of Information and Technology partnered with PCs for People to donate more than 900 computers and other equipment to low-income students and families in Baltimore City.

PCs for People opened in Baltimore last year and opened a storefront location in East Baltimore (2901 E. Biddle St) earlier this year.

In 2020, Baltimore City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the nonprofit PCs for People allowing City agencies to donate retired computers and electronic equipment to local students and families in need, rather than sending this technology to the landfill.

The MOU also allows outdated and unsalvageable electronics to be recycled, with the proceeds benefiting PCs for People’s digital literacy programs, technical support services, and subsidized internet access.

Founded in 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota, PCs for People works with more than 1,500 electronics recycling partners nationwide. To date, the organization has provided refurbished computers to more than 300,000 people, connected more than 120,000 households to low-cost internet, and diverted 8 million pounds of e-waste from landfills.

City agencies are encouraged to contact Kenya Asli at BCIT to donate retired devices by emailing Kenya.Asli@baltimorecity.gov.

Businesses and organizations interested in PCs for People’s e-waste recycling services can call (443) 396-7247 or email maryland@pcsforpeople.org.