SORT gets into the Christmas spirit
ONE HUNDRED computers will go to families in need this holiday season as part of a campaign by new Lismore recycling centre, SORT.
Southern Cross University donated the computers to the 100 Computers for 100 Lismore Kids campaign - the campaign's biggest single donation.
It was an initiative of SORT Recycling Limited, which aims to provide refurbished computers to Lismore's low income families, pensioners and community groups.
The YWCA NSW Northern Rivers partnered with the university and SORT to distribute the computers at no charge to Lismore families.
Families will also receive Windows and Office software.
Director of Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at SCU, Matthew Smith, said the 100 computers were the product of recent upgrades at the university.
"We are pleased to make this worthwhile donation to the community," he said.
"Southern Cross University has a strong commitment to its role as a leader in achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability through our teaching, research and operations.
"In particular, we recognise that the quantity of e-waste is increasing much faster than other types of waste and for a number of years we have acted to ensure that SCU is not a contributor to that growth."
SORT (Soils, Oceans, Rivers, Trees) Recycling Limited is a not-for-profit social enterprise with two aims: to enhance recycling and create new jobs for the community.
Lismore site manager Linda Mathew thanked SCU for donating the computers.
"This campaign has just been a win-win situation for all involved," she said.
"SORT participants have learnt new skills, with some achieving employment via our network.
"We are preventing potentially hazardous materials going into landfill, whilst opening up recycling markets for the e-waste we can't use. Everything is recycled responsibly."
SORT welcomes donations of working and broken e-waste, including computer towers, laptops, keyboards, mice, monitors and associated cords.
Anything that can't be refurbished is dismantled and its components are given new life as jewellery and art made by the participants.
Donations can be dropped off at the SORT warehouse at 10 County Lane, Lismore (corner of Eggins Lane).