Why Give Computers?
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 Purge 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.
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 person’s 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.
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.
Every computer that is donated can provide numerous students with the opportunity to learn IT skills for the first time. For example, each PC that we install in a computer laboratory in Malawi gives 18 students the chance to start learning computer studies at their school.
Learning IT skills in Malawi can be transformational as digital skills are needed to attend university. Our recent Monitoring and Evaluation report (2019) showed that at some of our partner schools 20% more students were gaining places at university since they started teaching IT.
Giving students a chance to learn digital skills also has a tremendous economic impact as it opens up new work opportunities. On average those with IT skills are able to increase their incomes by 39%.
Ready to Give Computers Now?
What Can You Donate?
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.
- Desktop PCs
- Laptops with their chargers
- Tablets / iPads with their chargers
- Smartphones with their chargers
Computer Parts and Spares
- Hard Drives
- Micro USB Chargers & Cables
- Monitors and Cables (VGA / HDMI)
- Keyboards & Mice
- Digital Cameras
- Power Cables
- Surge Protectors / Extension Leads
- Cat5e Cable (and above)
- Laptop Locks
- Colour Printers
In general, we are not able to accept:
- Equipment that is more than 6 years old
- Broken or damaged equipment
Queries About a Potential Donation?
Ready to Give Computers Now?
Yes, for donations of multiple items. We collect IT equipment from businesses and organisations of all sizes. If you require your equipment to be collected please let us know using our donations forms:
We can help you to 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.
We can offer a free collection service UK-wide for large volume donations. Although please note that for smaller donations a collection would be chargeable. Alternatively, you're welcome to arrange your own collection and send your equipment with a courier or drop your equipment at our workshop.
Yes, we provide social and environmental impact reporting through our donation tracking that can be incorporated into your end of year sustainability report.
Yes, 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.
Yes. 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, Boxxe, we can provide ISO 27001 – Security Management, accredited processes for data destruction. Boxxe 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.
On receiving your donation 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 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.
Send Your Equipment
To begin our hassle-free donations process please give use the details of your donation using the buttons for either business or individual donations and we will contact you to arrange the best way to transport your donation to our Edinburgh workshop.
Donations can be dropped-off, by prior arrangement, using the contact form below, at our premises at Unit 7C, Pentland Industrial Estate, Loanhead, EH20 9QH.
Drop off times: Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm.
Where Are We Based?
Our workshop is at Unit 7C, Pentland Industrial Estate, Loanhead, EH20 9QH.
Sending equipment: If you would like to send us your equipment, please first give us details of your donation using the form below and follow our instructions as to how best send your donation to our workshop.
Local drop-off: donations can be dropped-off only by prior arrangement. Drop-off times are typically Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:30pm. Please use the donation form below so we can contact you to confirm a drop-off time.
How Else Can I Help?
If you would like to find out about other ways of supporting our work, please click one of the other options below.