Secure IT recycling company, AMI, and Camara Education, has announced a new commercial agreement, which will see Camara Education outsource its Dublin-based refurbishment operations to AMI. 

Camara Education is the international educational organisation dedicated to using technology to empower disadvantaged students.

The deal will increase the number of computers processed by AMI annually by more than 20,000.

Under the agreement, AMI will refurbish second-hand IT hardware for disadvantaged schoolchildren in Ireland and Africa. Equipment that is unsuitable for educational use will either be recycled or re-sold by AMI. The company aims to generate €3 million from those sales over a three-year period, which will be used to support Camara Education's activities. 

Organisations including ESB, Dell and Symantec donate retired computers and hardware to Camara Education for its charitable initiatives. To date, the charity has installed 106,500 computers in schools and youth centres, and trained more than 47,000 teachers. 

By 2020, Camara Education is aiming to have reached 5 million students. The agreement will ensure an increased supply of both computers, projected to be in excess of 40,000 over the coming three years, and funding for the organisation’s education projects in schools and youth centres. 

In 2018 alone, these projects saw over half-a-million students starting to use computers in their school – some for the very first time.

To ensure donor hardware is processed using the strictest GDPR-compliant data security standards, Camara Education has teamed up with AMI. The charity will continue to engage directly with donors, while the collection, processing and refurbishment or reselling of IT equipment will be taken over by AMI. The hardware that Camara Education’s donors give to the organisation will be collected by security-vetted, trained and uniformed AMI collection crews and transported in unmarked, GPS-tracked vehicles.

AMI operates to the highest international IT disposal standards and is the only Irish company to be certified to the ADISA IT Disposal Industry Standard.