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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has donated 120 laptop computers to the Newport News School District as part of an ongoing effort to keep harmful electronics away from landfills and put them to productive use in schools.

“Donating or recycling consumer electronics like laptop computers conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing raw materials,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “This donation is especially rewarding because the laptops will be put to valuable use by the Newport News School District.”

The computers are being donated under the U.S. General Services Administration’s Computers for Learning Program that encourages government agencies to transfer excess computers and related peripheral equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations.

Electronic products are made from valuable resources and materials, including metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture.

Published in the January 2017 Edition of American Recycler News