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WILL MY DATA BE SAFE?

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We wipe computers to UK standards using accredited software. We irreversibly destroy all on-disk data in compliance with national government and military data erasure standards including British HMG InfoSec Standard No.5,  NIST 800-88 and US DoD 5220.22-M . You can find our policy on data destruction here. We provide transparency through data destruction certificates for HDDs, SSDs and USBs detailing the make, model and serial number of all hard drives that are erased. Hard disks that are faulty or that cannot be wiped of data are destroyed securely by shredding. We also accept donations of PCs where the hard drives have been removed.

JOIN OUR IT DONORS

Here are just a few of the organisations who have trusted us to help schools in Africa with their IT equipment and who have recently donated computers, laptops, monitors and other IT equipment. You can also find details of the wide variety of organisations who have trusted us by donating equipment here.

FOR CORPORATES

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We collect IT equipment from businesses and organisations of all sizes and provide a completely secure asset disposal service. We professionally refurbish tablets, phones, and computers. We guarantee to handle your confidential data with the highest level of security and an audit trail.

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We provide social and environmental impact reporting through our donation tracking that can be incorporated into your end of year sustainability report.

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We are fully compliant with legal obligations under the Environmental Agency regulations, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, Data Protection (including GDPR), Hazardous Waste and Duty of Care. Process audits are performed to ensure complete compliance.

We have over 10 years of expertise in IT asset management, including data destruction, computer refurbishment, reuse, and recycling and can meet any of your specific requirements. Please contact us with any queries and to donate PCs from your company today.

With our partners, Software Box Ltd, we can provide ISO 27001 – Security Management, accredited processes for data destruction. SBL have over 20 years of experience, providing data security services to the UK Ministry of Defence, and are also certified to ISO14001 – Environmental Management, ISO9001 Quality and ISO45001 Health & Safety standards, giving our donors complete peace of mind.

WHY GIVE COMPUTERS?

SOCIAL IMPACT

Computers for Africa

The Turing Trust is a registered charity that reuses computers to help bring digital education opportunities to African schools. We directly deliver IT resources to those who need them, but reusing IT equipment also has significant environmental benefits.

All of these environmental benefits go in harmony with supporting students learn digital skills. On average each classroom of 20 PCs we provide benefits a further 360 students.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Even before a computer is switched on for the first time, 50% of its lifecycle fossil fuels have already been consumed in manufacturing it. Therefore, through reusing computers we are reducing unnecessary production and reducing the associated carbon emissions. We have based the following statistics on conversion factors calculated by the Centre for Sustainability Accounting and the Stockholm Environment Institute. These are the same factors used by the UK Department for Environment,  Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

In supplying one classroom we are extending the life of 20 PCs. This gives carbon savings of 6 tonnes of CO2e, which is the equivalent of planting 14 trees, or nearly offsetting 1 persons carbon footprint in the UK.

This creates energy savings as continuing to use an old computer exceeds the benefit from any potential energy efficiency gain from replacing it. Looking at embodied energy, replacing a PC cannot be considered on environmental grounds until the computer is at least 16 years old. Therefore, the energy savings made from just one classroom of 20 PCs of 17.4 MWh is enough to power 324 TVs for a year, or 1.4 UK homes for a year.

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At our IT collection and refurbishment workshop in Edinburgh, we wipe all computers (detailed below) and refurbish computers for reuse in schools. Anything that cannot be reused is properly recycled at an authorised WEEE facility in the UK through our downstream partners. We take full responsibility for equipment and ensure that 0% of your e-waste goes to landfill. ​The Turing Trust is SEPA Registered. License Number: WML/XC/1166345.

We prepare the computers for schools with educational content and ship to our partners in Ghana and Malawi. We work closely on the ground with our partners who distribute the equipment to schools, provide teacher training on the use of the computers, maintenance support and at the end of life ensure that equipment is properly recycled through accredited downstream partners.

WHAT YOU CAN GIVE

WHAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT

We welcome any donations of computers and laptops which are able to run Windows 7, or Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, or above. Please see below for more detail on the IT equipment that we accept. For any queries about a potential donation, please contact us.

In general, we are not able to accept equipment that is more than 6 years old.

Computers
Desktop PCs
Laptops with their chargers
Tablets / iPads with their chargers
Smartphones with their chargers

Accessories
Monitors and Cables (VGA / HDMI)
Switches
Keyboards & Mice
Headphones
Projectors
Digital Cameras
Power Cables
Surge Protectors / Extension Leads
Cat5e Cable (and above)
Laptop Locks

Computer parts and spares
Hard Drives
RAM
Micro USB Chargers & Cables

Other IT we cannot accept
Broken or damaged equipment of any kind
Printers
Servers

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you send all donated equipment to Africa?

Your equipment will be assessed for reuse. Suitable items will be refurbished and shipped to schools to support the education of disadvantaged children. Items that are unsuitable for use in African schools will be refurbished and sold to generate funds to support our operational costs. Any items that cannot be reused will be recycled at an authorised WEEE recycling facility.

How much does it cost?

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Save money on your e-waste management costs. We offer a free data destruction service as standard to all our donors, providing a cost effective solution whilst achieving compliance with all local and international data security, environmental and industry regulations.

How can I send you donations of IT equipment?

Collection  Please give details of your donation using the form below and we will contact you to arrange the best way to transport your donation to our Edinburgh hub.

Local drop off Individual donations can be dropped off, by prior arrangement using the contact form below, at our premises at 9 Harvest Road, Newbridge, EH28 8PJ. Drop off times: Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm.

PLEASE USE THIS FORM TO DONATE COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS AND OTHER IT EQUIPMENT