REDUCE, RECYCLE & eREUSE


Greta Ritchard

Meet Greta Ritchard, a 3rd year UNSW Commerce/Computer Science student.

Passionate about using technology to aid environmental and social issues, we have caught up with her to understand a bit more about her and her involvement with the Arc Volunteering program eReuse as the 2018 Coordinator. 

Previously, Greta won a ‘Women in Technology’ scholarship from Google and had a two-year cadetship with Westpac. When eReuse came along, she could not pass on the opportunity of combining her passions for technology, environment and helping people. In short, eReuse works to reduce e-waste while closing the digital divide.

“It is great, I can combine my passions, but also really see the tangible effects of it. By rebuilding a computer, I am physically reducing the waste pile while taking a broken computer out of it, then fixing it up and giving it to someone who would not be able to easily get one themselves and who I know will benefit from it”.

From early on as the 2018 eReuse Coordinator, Greta set a goal to donate 100 computers by the end of the year. She still has a couple of months left in her role and is proud to announce that her team has donated 80 computers so far. From all of these, there is one special donation that stands out to her:

“A social worker contacted us about a client of hers who could not leave the house due to disability and he did not have a computer at home. The computer we donated allowed him to be more connected with the outside world. It was great to see how we helped make his everyday life better”.

Greta is running weekly three-hour workshops in the UNSW Michael Crouch Innovation Centre. This is where volunteers help to repair the computers, however not all of them have a technical background.

“When I was going through this year's applications, I was looking for people who genuinely cared about computers, the environment and/or helping people, not someone who was just technically savvy. We could teach them how to repair a computer and so our focus was to find people with a passion for the cause and who would consistently show up throughout the semester”.

One of the biggest things for Greta is it that she wants her team to do good and have fun while doing so.

“The benefit of finding people who truly cares about the same things is that it creates a very special environment with a lot of fun moments and celebrations!”

If you are keen to get involved with eReuse, find more info here. Applications open in Week 11.

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