Leading person centred software provider CareDocs has teamed up with Bristol Waste in an effort to help abolish digital poverty and reduce technology waste, by taking part in a Digital Inclusion Scheme backed by the Bristol City Council as part of the One City approach.
The scheme provides free computers, laptops, and mobile phones to schools, charities and marginalised communities in an effort to tackle digital poverty in the Bristol area.
A recent study revealed that the UK generated the second largest amount of e-waste in 2022 and estimates that, by 2024, we will overtake Norway to secure the number one spot.
With a vast amount of toxic materials being released into the atmosphere via e-waste, and precious metals such as gold, silver, copper, platinum, and aluminium being thrown away, businesses around the UK are being urged to do more to reduce, reuse, and recycle their IT and e-waste before 2030.
CareDocs has already made significant donations to the Digital Inclusion Scheme, with older equipment being given to people who face barriers to education, training, and employment, accessing services, and staying connected with family and friends, across schools, charities, and refugees. These donations have significantly impacted the amount of IT and e-waste produced at CareDocs.
CareDocs MD Alan Pocock said: “As a business, we acknowledge that we can and must do our part to help tackle not only the impacts of digital poverty in marginalised communities but also our own impact on the environment.
“In our duty to ensure that we are taking action, working with Bristol Waste is the perfect way to ensure our IT equipment is recycled in an environmentally conscious manner, whilst also supporting those who may have difficulties in accessing education and employment opportunities due to lack of access."