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The digital age has had many benefits, but it has also given rise to two serious problems.
First, electronics manufactured today have a very short life cycle. As a result, electronic waste, or e-waste, is the fastest growing form of municipal waste in the U.S. Over 50 million tons of e-waste is recycled each year.
The second problem is an increasing amount of social services, educational programs, and employment opportunities are only available to people that have access to technology. As this trend continues, those who don’t have computers or Internet will get left behind and won’t benefit from the opportunities that communication and information technology can provide.
Since 1999 InterConnection has been working to solve these two problems by refurbishing surplus electronics, primarily used computers, and providing them to individuals and organizations in need of technology.
Despite the success of InterConnection’s program, the need for technology access and electronic reuse and recycling continues to rise. InterConnection alone doesn’t have the capacity to meet the need which is why InterConnection created the ConnectAll social enterprise membership program. The ConnectAll program shares InterConnection’s tools and expertise with other organizations that have the capacity to help solve the digital divide and have a desire to start or expand a computer reuse and recycling program. InterConnection and the member organizations work together to offer affordable computers and Internet on the ConnectAll website.
What is ConnectAll?:
A membership program that develops, launches and scales electronics reuse-and-recycling-based social enterprises that help people gain access to technology.
A multi-vendor eCommerce platform that provides affordable computers and Internet to nonprofit organizations and low income individuals.