A charity founded by Microsoft is attempting to get businesses to send their old computers to disadvantaged schools in Africa.
Digital Pipeline said 31 million PCs end up in landfills every year and the charity is hoping some of these can be refurbished and redeployed to schools or community groups in Africa.
The charity's launch was marked with a donation of 30,000 PCs from outsourcing company EDS.
Digital Pipeline said less than one in 250 decommissioned computers are currently made available for disadvantaged communities. It has brought together a group of organisations who work together to collect the PC, securely wipe its data, test and refurbish it, ship it overseas and install it in a school.
When the PC reaches the end of useful life, the charity also collects and recycles 90% of its materials.
Board of trustees chair Mark East said, "ICT must figure prominently in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015.
"Digital Pipeline's goal is to show UK businesses that they can make a real difference to the lives of people living in poverty by simply making better decisions when it comes to IT equipment that is being replaced."
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