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Inmates of the Bollate Detention Centre repair 8,000 electronics for use in schools

The devices, donated by Snam, will be repaired  thanks to a collaboration with the social enterprise Fenixs

Milan, 23 July 2020 - Inmates of the Bollate Detention Centre will repair over 8,000 computers, monitors and other electronic material no longer in use (printers, scanners and accessories) and make them available to the community, promoting the circular economy.

The devices were donated by Snam as part of a social initiative promoted together with the Snam Foundation and carried out in collaboration with the social enterprise Fenixs, which has been engaged for twenty years in projects that have so far involved more than 160 detainees in several Italian prisons. The aim of the project is to provide inmates with an opportunity for work and retraining.

The equipment will be largely reconditioned, updated and made available to schools for educational activities, prioritizing those most in need, as well as private individuals and companies. On the non reconditionable part, Fenixs will work with Laboraee, a subsidiary of Amsa (a company of the A2A Group) that manages the activity of the electrical and electronic waste treatment plant (RAEE) inaugurated a year ago inside the prison.

"I believe that this new project involving inmates and the facilities of the Bollate Prison, such as the RAEE plant inaugurated last year, has the potential to promote a virtuous circle for the whole of society. Being a part of projects that 're-put in circulation' has a strong value for those who, having served their sentence, will have to relocate. And we know that work is the best way to return to full independence." says Cosima Buccoliero, Assistant Director of the Milano Bollate Detention Centre.

The initiative is in line with Snam's values and with the company's commitment to environmental and social sustainability, with particular focus on supporting vulnerable groups. In pursuing these goals, the company also relies on the ability of the Snam Foundation to build networks and collaborations with the non-profit world. In this period of emergency linked to Covid-19, Snam Foundation is at the side of more than 50 non-profit entities engaged in supporting the most vulnerable in the population.

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23 July 2020 - 13:19 CEST