“We are trying to disrupt the recycling industry when it comes to e-waste,” Gabe Middleton, co-founder of human-I-T said. “We are not a recycler, we are a refurbisher.”
Middleton, along with his human-I-T co-founder James Jack, is hoping to change the way households and businesses — and eventually cities — recycle and reuse technology.
“E- waste is currently the fastest growing waste train in the world,” he said. “We’re trying to change that.”
The licensed nonprofit takes donated computers, printers, laptops and other technology, refurbishes them and gives them away to low-income households — for free.
According to Middleton, there is no catch. Human-I-T’s mission is to help individuals gain access to technology, regardless of income and background.
“My favorite moment is when I get to see a family take home their — often times — very first computer,” he said. “We’re on a mission to shrink the digital divide.”
That digital divide, he said, exists where pockets of people do not have access to computers or the internet. In cities like Long Beach, it’s largely due to financial reasons, he added.
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