Local nonprofit utilizes grant funds to divert electronic waste from landfills and provide technology to underserved populations

DENVER, Colo. – PCs for People was awarded $80,484 in grant funds to expand its recycling program and create new green-sector jobs. The award was acquired from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) competitive grant program, which is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

The RREO grant provides for-profit, nonprofit, and local entities the infusion of funds they need to divert trash from landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. During the grant period, PCs for People processed 10,000 computers and provided technology access to 7,402 individuals with an average annual income of $15,011. The figure includes 1,402 families who were connected to broadband internet service and 3,667 children within the state.

“The funds we received through the RREO grant catapulted our existence in the Colorado market, and, as a result, bolstered the economic reuse and recycling efforts for the state,” said Julie Seltz, executive director, PCs for People. “We were able to utilize the grant to acquire a new branded truck, outfit our warehouse, and purchase a hard drive shredder to attract additional recycling partners.”

PCs for People recycled for over more than 150 corporations and government agencies in Colorado including: OppenheimerFunds, Denver Health, Western Union, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Nordstrom, University of Denver, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Kroenke Sports, the National Western Stock Show, FirstBank, Prologis, and IMA Financial Group. To date, the organization has diverted 96.6 tons of electronics and scrap metal from local landfills.

About PCs for People
PCs for People’s mission is to provide access to technology to underserved populations. Founded in 1998, the nonprofit organization has distributed over 60,000 computers and connected thousands of families to low-cost Internet options. Their services include free end-of-life IT asset management and certified data sanitization, technology refurbishing, computer distribution, computer repair, Internet service, tech education, and free electronic recycling.

For more information on PCs for People, please visit: www.pcsforpeople.org