Supporting education in Africa by reusing computers
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. 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.
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.
Save money on your e-waste management costs. We offer a free data destruction service as standard to all our donors.
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% 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 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.
Laptops with their chargers
Tablets / iPads with their chargers
Smartphones with their chargers
Monitors and Cables (VGA / HDMI)
Keyboards & Mice
Surge Protectors / Extension Leads
Computer Parts and Spares
Micro USB Chargers & Cables
WHAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT
Broken or damaged equipment of any kind
Items over 6 years old
Donations of less than 5 PCs or equivalently small volumes of ICTs
Here are just a few of the organisations who have recently donated computers, laptops, monitors and other IT equipment to us to help schools in Africa.
REUSING AND RECYCLING COMPUTERS AND LAPTOPS
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, US DoD 5220.22-M and NIST 800-88. You can find our policy on data destruction here. We provide data destruction certificates for HDDs, SSDs and USBs detailing the make, model and serial number of all hard drives that are erased. We also accept donations of PCs where the hard drives have been removed.
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.
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 COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS, MONITORS AND OTHER 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)