As computers are removed they are shipped to Chicago
area recyclers with over 400,000 square feet (>44,400 sq/m) of factory floor space. Here useable computers are sorted
out for recycling and the rest are disassembled into components and recyclable materials.
In addition to the recycled inventories available from the local Chicago
electronic recyclers, the recycling program has been supported by
major Chicago area institutions and companies like, City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and their
member companies, US GSA, Chicago Tribune, etc. as donors of used computers.
The Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors estabished a sub-committee a
few years ago, The Chicago Computer Clearinghouse, to organize the logistical and technical issues required to recycle
up to 100,000 computers each year from Illinois companies into the program. The goal is to provide one computer for every
five students in Chicago area schools.
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The photos below show some the logistical
distribution facilities located in the Chicago area for receiving, refurbishing and distributing computers into the Chicago
area schools, non profit organizations and low income families. More recycling and refurbishing centers are being
developed to serve the needs of those caught in the digital divide.