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The Entrepreneur's Guide to Computer Recycling

Posted on 22 September 2010 by Anonymous


UNESCO has launched a free practical guide to computer recycling for entrepreneurs and project sponsors together with French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO.

The purpose of the guidebook, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Computer Recycling, is to help develop the skills required to handle the growing flux of waste generated by the new and used computer markets for the benefit of the environment and public health. Problems generated by this computer waste are affecting the world in general and developing countries in particular. It represents the negative side of the reduction in the digital divide in a world where one billion PCs were expected to be in use this year and one billion mobile phones were expected to be sold.

The project also aims to support the emergence of new business opportunities. It should prove useful for NGOs and local development stakeholders in fostering small and micro entrepreneurships. In addition, the open license of the guidebook will allow interested parties to create versions adapted to local conditions and particular contexts.

The guidebook is available free of charge online. The online guide is published in English; a French version is available on