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November 2006

TechSoup, Redemtech launch Recycled Computer Initiative

Gartner IT & Software Asset Management Summit announced the Recycled Computer Initiative (RCI).

This initiative will work with corporations to divert their used computers from the waste stream, refurbish them and then provide them to the nonprofit sector.

A leading Internet company was the first corporation to donate a large quantity of computers to RCI, which distributed over 1,000 computers to United States.

“Charitable donation is an attractive option for corporations with usable, but surplus technology,” said Robert Houghton, president and founder of Redemtech. “RCI addresses the two primary concerns corporations have in regard to charitable donation: data security and making sure technology gets to groups or individuals that need it.”

“TechSoup has been distributing technology product donations to nonprofits for many years and computer hardware has always been at the top of nonprofit wish lists,” said Rebecca Masisak, vice president and general manager of TechSoup Stock, TechSoup’s product philanthropy program.

As a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, Redemtech installs Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 and Microsoft Works 7.0 at a cost of $5 per license on computers being donated for distribution to eligible recipients. TechSoup enables easy ordering of the refurbished hardware for registered, qualifying nonprofits, who receive the hardware directly from Redemtech TCM Centers.

Redemtech’s extended end-of-life services ensure that computers donated through the program are recycled responsibly. Redemtech will recover computers acquired through the Recycled Computer Initiative from the nonprofit and recycle them free of charge in accordance with Redemtech’s zero-landfill, zero-export, zero-incineration policy.

For more information on the Recycled Computer Initiative, visit www.techsoup.org/stock/rci.


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