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[:en]eReuse CHEST – EU Project[:]

Reusing working computers is significantly more sustainable than recycling or disposal. In addition it can deliver wider economic and social benefits. The donation of reusable Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) can support social digital exclusion programmes, encouraging the creation of local employment and reducing electronics waste. The Computer Re-use initiative proposed by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya aims at creating an ‘open community’ around the reuse of digital devices. This includes the development of an integrated set of software tools and online web sites to support the lifecycle of digital devices: from registration and labeling of new devices, preparation (data clean-up, pre-install), matching demand and offer, tracking reuse.[:]

[:en]Reuse Workshop[:]

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain) has a service-learning reuse program ( More than 500 students each year are introduced to On this session participate 30 students preparing for reuse more than 40 computers in less than one hour. They are trained in Device Inventory, a software to assist the diagnostic and inventory of digital devices. Computers are boot by network and a program runs in unattended way that test performs a hardware test, capture hardware characteristics for rating and serial number for traceability and reporting.[:]

Mobile Commons Congress and UPC BarcelonaTech hosts Mobile Commons Congress. This year we will emphasize technological systems management pro-common goods, which are those that are shared in a community. We will be attended by experts in the field of reuse and cooperation in ICT as Leandro Navarro, a researcher and professor at the UPC as well as being the coordinator of the UPC in the European research project He will talk about the concept of “commons” from various examples in the field of reuse of computer equipment and network infrastructure community (

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Training on Tools

On 9 October we conduct training to target groups to validate the degree of compliance with the functional and nonfunctional requirements. The session trained technicians on tools focused on inventory, testing, certified data erasure and labeling digital devices. There were over 50 attendees and assessment was very satisfactory.

Best paper award

We participated on, the 29th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection, under the topic “Building the knowledge base for environmental action and sustainability”. Target groups where researchers, decision makers, and domain experts on areas such as environmental agencies, environmental science, consultants and anybody concerned about the state of the environment and interested in the application of ICT for sustainable development.

Best paper award

Our paper “Breaking Barriers on Reuse of Digital Devices Ensuring Final Recycling” and poster “ an ecosystem for traceable reuse of digital devices in a circular economy” were accepted. The paper won the Best Paper Award out of 36 peer-reviewed papers from the conference. It was presented in a plenary hall and discussed following a ConverStation format, with each presenter presenting their results to a table of 6-8 attendees and leading a discussion with them, repeating this 3-4 times with different groups of people. The feedback was very positive about this approach, leading to more valuable conversations than traditional presentations.




Poster eReuse ICT4D Singapure 2015

Digital Devices or Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) are scrapped at an alarming rate instead of being salvaged, fixed, and reused. For the reuse sector to flourish, donors, receivers and reuse centers need services and technologies to gain effectiveness, efficiency, and traceability to ensure final recycling. In this poster we present a set of open source tools based on a distributed platform ecosystem that enable direct donation of devices. Traceable devices are prepared to be reused in the donor’s location, and receivers are responsible for collecting them. This reduces costs, minimizes EEE losses because there is no need for central logistic or centralizing the engagement of donors on charity projects.

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eReuse trainings – how to prepare digital devices for reuse ensuring traceability supported by  reuse platform has trained students from the Trinijove Foundation. The purpose of the course is to learn how to prepare computers to be reused again offering guarantees recycling and generating new skylls for green employement. 

 Register computers and select suitable to be prepared for reuse.
Preparation for reuse (data erasure, testing and labeling components).
Exposing the positive impacts of reuse and review the correct compliance issues
current legislation on taxation, legal and environmental.
Being part of a professional group and contact with companies interested in
your contract or your services.

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