WE FURTHER ALAN TURING'S LEGACY BY REFURBISHING IT EQUIPMENT TO HELP STUDENTS

Why Give Computers?

  • Data Security
  • Environmental Impact
  • Social Impact

UK Government Standards

We wipe computers to UK Government standards using accredited software. We perform certified, secure data erasure on all donated devices by using market-leading Blancco data erasure software. Blancco software is approved by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) national government data erasure standards. Using Blancco’s latest, certified version of software we can always ensure erasure to the highest standard, including HMG Infosec Standard No. 5 (the ‘Enhanced Standard’), is maintained in line with technological advances.

Alternative Data Destruction Standards

We can also meet several other data destruction standards as required, including NIST 800-88 Purge and US DoD 5220.22-M. You can find our policy on data destruction here

We also provide transparency with data destruction certificates for HDDs, SSDs, mobile phones and tablets detailing the make, model and serial number of all devices that are erased.

Hard Disks

Hard disks that are faulty or that cannot be wiped of data are physically destroyed. If required we can also provide on-site shredding of hard drives.

We also accept donations of PCs where the hard drives have been removed.

Ethical Solutions

We aim to provide the most ethical solution to IT Asset Disposal (ITAD), both socially and environmentally. Even before a desktop computer is switched on for the first time, 50% of its lifecycle fossil fuels have already been consumed in manufacturing it. This embodied carbon can be even higher for other IT devices, going as high as 80% for laptops. 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).

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Extending The Life Of PCs

Through our circular economy solution every classroom we supply extends 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.

 

Energy Savings

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.

 

IT Refurbishment Workshop

At our IT 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.

Preparation

We prepare the computers for schools with educational content and distribute the equipment to schools and charitable organisations, provide teacher training on the use of the computers, maintenance support and at the end of life, be it in Malawi or the UK, ensure that equipment is properly recycled through accredited downstream partners.

Creating Opportunities

We aim to provide the most ethical solution to IT Asset Disposition (ITAD), both environmentally and socially. 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 gives 18 students the chance to start learning computer studies at their school.

Transformational Skills

Learning IT skills can be transformational as digital skills are needed to attend university. Our monitoring and evaluation work has shown that, after enhancing their learning experiences with donated computers, 20% more students were gaining places at university.

Economic Impact

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%. 

Meeting The Highest Standards In The UK

We work with our ADISA and ISO accredited partner, FGD Solutions, to ensure that we can meet the highest standards for IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) in the UK. By working with FGD we are able to provide the highest level of secure disposal processes whilst still being able to maximise the social and environmental benefits of reusing donated IT equipment. 

With FGD we can protect your businesses interests through the UK’s most comprehensive data destruction services. 

With FGD we offer: 

Tailored To Your Project

We’ll work with you to devise the most efficient and cost-effective solution.

We can carry out IT Decommission works to best suit you, including out of hours and weekend work.

We’re flexible and will do everything we can to deliver a seamless experience.

Meeting Every Need

Our support combines all of our sector skills and expertise. Our team looks after the complete process for you, from powering down your old equipment to removal from site, data wiping and recycling or reuse.

For every project, we use our own vetted staff and our own GPS-tracked vehicles. You’ll meet all the relevant data protection and environmental legislation and have full documentation to demonstrate compliance.

For more information about how we work with FGD please see our brochure here.

Ready To Give Computers Now?

Click on one of the buttons below for either a business or individual donation to start donating your equipment now.

Join Our IT Donors

Hundreds of companies and organisations of all sizes have trusted us with their IT equipment and our hassle-free secure asset disposal service that helps schools in Africa by professionally refurbishing tablets, phones and computers. We guarantee to handle your confidential data with the highest level of security and provide an audit trail. Here are just a few of the organisations who have recently donated computers, laptops, monitors and other IT equipment. You can also find a more complete list detailing the wide variety of organisations who have trusted us by donating equipment by clicking here.

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 most common items of IT equipment that we can reuse. There are many more items often used by companies beyond this list that we can also reuse so please get in touch to see how your equipment could go on to make a difference.

Computers

Computer Parts and Spares

Accessories

In general, we are not able to accept:

However, if you would like us to recycle your broken equipment as part of your organisation’s donation we can arrange for this with your collection.

There are many more items we have not listed that are often used by companies that we can also reuse so please get in touch to see how your equipment could go on to make a difference.

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Ready To Give Computers Now?

Click on one of the buttons below for either a business or individual donation to start donating your equipment now.

Frequently Asked Questions for Business Donations

Yes, we can offer a free collection service UK-wide for donations from businesses and organisations. If you require your equipment to be collected please let us know using our Business Donations Form

 

For individual donations please see our household donations FAQ here.

We can help you to save money on your e-waste management costs. We provide a free data destruction service using NCSC approved Blancco software as standard for our donors, providing a cost effective solution whilst achieving compliance with all local and international data security, environmental and industry regulations.


We offer a free collection service UK-wide for large volume donations.

 

For smaller donations a collection would be chargeable on a cost recovery basis. Alternatively, you're welcome to arrange your own collection and send your equipment with a courier or drop your equipment at our workshop.

 

For individual donations please see our household donations FAQ here.

Yes. Every device we received goes through our data destruction process. We wipe computers to UK Government standards using accredited software. We perform certified, secure data erasure on all donated devices by using market-leading Blancco data erasure software. Blancco software is approved by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) national government data erasure standards. Using Blancco’s latest, certified version of software we can always ensure erasure to the highest standard, including HMG Infosec Standard No. 5 (the ‘Enhanced Standard’), is maintained in line with technological advances.

 

We can also meet several other data destruction standards as required, including NIST 800-88 Purge and US DoD 5220.22-M. You can find our policy on data destruction here

 

We provide transparency with data destruction certificates for HDDs, SSDs, mobile phones and tablets detailing the make, model and serial number of all devices that are erased. 

 

Hard disks that are faulty or that cannot be wiped of data are physically destroyed. If required we can also provide on-site shredding of hard drives.

 

We also accept donations of PCs where the hard drives have been removed.

We provide transparency and assurance with data destruction certificates for all data-bearing assets including: HDDs, SSDs, mobile phones and tablets; detailing the make, model and serial number of all devices that are erased. 

 

By using market-leading Blancco data erasure software, that is certified by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centry (NCSC) national government data erasure standards, we can always ensure erasure to the highest standard, including HMG Infosec Standard No. 5 (the ‘Enhanced Standard’), is maintained in line with technological advances.

 

We can also meet several other data destruction standards as required, including NIST 800-88 Purge and US DoD 5220.22-M. You can find our policy on data destruction here

 

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. We will provide you with all the documentation you need to provide an audit trail to demonstrate your compliance to all the relevant data protection and environmental legislation. 

Yes, we provide social and environmental impact reporting through our donation tracking mechanisms. This enables you to demonstrate the impact your donation makes in terms of the carbon savings made as well as the number of students benefiting from your devices. 

 

We can also provide bespoke reporting as required, as well as pictures featuring your company logo, helping you demonstrate the impact of your support.

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.

 

We will provide you with all the documentation you need to provide an audit trail to demonstrate your compliance to all the relevant data protection and environmental legislation. 

 

 The Turing Trust is registered with SEPA. License Number: WML/XC/1197908. 

We have partnered with FGD to provide an IT disposal solution that meets every requirement and still enables the maximum benefit towards the charity.

 

In doing so we can provide a solution with the following accreditations: 

  • ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 27001 accreditation
  • Asset Disposal and Information Security Alliance (ADISA) accreditation to Distinction level
  • Environment Agency certification
  • Blancco Technology Group Gold Partner
  • Cyber Essentials accreditation
  • Full UK coverage with European and global capacity
  • DBS-cleared personnel and our own fleet of GPS tracked vehicles
  • Comprehensive audit reporting supplied
  • On and offsite data sanitisation and destruction service options
  • Zero-landfill policy

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. With our partners FGD we can provide all manner of IT decommissioning works to best suit you, including out of hours and weekend work. We’re flexible and will do everything we can to deliver a seamless experience.

 

Our team can look after the complete process for you, from powering down your old equipment to removal from site, data wiping and recycling or reuse. 

 

Please contact us with any queries and to donate you IT equipment today.

On receiving your donation your equipment will be assessed for reuse. Suitable items will be refurbished and sent to schools to support the education of disadvantaged students or similar charities. Items that are unsuitable for use in schools or charitable organisations will be refurbished and sold to generate funds to support the charity’s costs. Any items that cannot be reused will be recycled at an authorised WEEE recycling facility.

We can use a really broad range of IT equipment in our mission to equip schools with everything that they need. Things like mobile devices, projectors, assorted wires and even network equipment can be just as essential as the PCs that we send over. 

 

Please note that generally all IT equipment must be less than 10 years old in order for us to effectively reuse it. 

 

Please find below a more comprehensive list of items we can reuse: 

  • Desktop PCs
  • Laptops with their chargers
  • Smartphones with their chargers
  • Tablets / iPads with their chargers
  • Chargers and power cables (for USB-C, iPhone, Micro-USB etc.)
  • Monitors and cables (VGA / HDMI)
  • Display connectors
  • Keyboards & mice
  • Projectors
  • Headphones & speakers
  • Digital cameras and webcams
  • Power cables
  • Surge protectors / extension leads
  • Hard drives, USB sticks, NAS
  • PC parts: RAM, hard drives etc. 
  • Laptop locks
  • Network switches
  • Servers and storage equipment
  • Routers, modems, access points and networking equipment
  • Cat5e Cable (and above)

 

Some items we’re unable to reuse but can recycle on your behalf are: 

  • Interactive smart boards (but the projectors from these systems can be reused) 
  • Devices that do not power on 
  • Devices with broken glass panels
  • Printers and scanners
  • EPOS and IP Telephone systems
  • Landline telephone handsets

 

If you have an item you’d like to donate that is not listed here please fill our our donations form for either a business or an individual: 

Business Donations Form

Individual Donations Form

We can typically only reuse devices that are less than 10 years old. This is to ensure that security patches are available, and that the required educational software will be supported.

 

If your device was a very high specification or has been upgraded and is still in fantastic condition but is more than 10 years old, then please put the details into our donation form below and we will confirm if we can reuse it.

Business Donations Form

Individual Donations Form

Send Your Equipment  

To begin our hassle-free donations process please give us a few details of your donation using the buttons for either business or individual donations.

 

Business Donations Form

Individual Donations Form

Local Drop-off

Donations can be dropped-off at our premises at Unit 7C, Pentland Industrial Estate, Loanhead, EH20 9QH, by prior arrangement. Please use the donations forms for a business or individual below to arrange your visit in advance. 

Drop off times: Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm.

For individual donations, please see our household FAQs here.

We welcome donations of all sizes from individuals and households as well as organisations - even just a single cable helps us to get more computers into classrooms! 

For individual donations, please see our household FAQs here.

Ready To Give Computers Now?

Click on one of the buttons below for either a business or individual donation to start donating your equipment now.

Where Are We Based?

Our workshop

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 10:00 am-4:30 pm.

Please use one of the donation forms below so we can contact you to confirm a drop-off time. 

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