WHY GIVE COMPUTERS?
The Turing Trust is a registered charity that reuses computers to help bring digital education opportunities to African schools. We directly deliver ICT resources to those who need them, but reusing ICT equipment also has significant 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.
In supplying one classroom we are extending the life of 20 PCs. This gives carbon savings of 10 tonnes of CO2e, which is the equivalent of planting 25 trees, or offsetting 1 UK carbon footprint.
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.
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.
At our IT collection and refurbishment workshop in Edinburgh, we wipe all computers to industry standards 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 ensures that 0% 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
We welcome any donations of computers and laptops which are less than 6 years old and Windows 7 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.
Laptops with their chargers
Tablets / iPads
Monitors and Cables (VGA / HDMI)
Keyboards & Mice
Network Switches and Cables
Surge Protectors / Extension Leads
Computer Parts and Spares
Tablet and Smartphone Chargers
COMPUTER AND MONITOR REUSE AND RECYCLING
Each hard drive is erased using a US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) and NIST 800-88 compliant program that operates on a firmware level, making it impossible to retrieve any data. If the hard drive fails during wiping it is physically removed and crushed. You will receive a certificate listing the make, model and serial number of all hard drives that were erased.
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.
Local drop off Individual donations can be dropped off, by prior arrangement using the contact form below, at our premises in Newbridge, Monday – Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm.
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.
Contact Us to Donate IT Equipment
Drop Off Location
The Turing Trust
Unit 16, Newbridge Industrial Estate
9 Harvest Road
Drop-off times: 10.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Saturday (Please confirm approximate time in advance)