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Thirteen Group Recycles its ICT with The Turing Trust

Thirteen, a housing company that owns and manages just under 34,000 homes from an area spanning North Tyneside to York, has donated 54 computers and accesssories that will benefit over 1000 students in Malawi. This donation will enable us to set up computer labs in 3 schools, giving students the opportunity to learn digital skills for the first time.

We’re delighted to be working with The Turing Trust and it was heart-warming to see images of the students using our old equipment to boost their education. Not only is recycling the equipment providing opportunities for young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills, but it has positive environmental benefits too.

Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s networks, infrastructure and mobile service implementation manager

Environmental Impact

Thirteen’s approach, donating their old PCs for reuse rather than recycling, also has significant environmental benefits. It moves these PCs up the waste hierarchy and subsequently offsets the associated CO2 emissions from prematurely recycling working ICT equipment. The refurbishment process, and long-term maintenance services the Turing Trust and our partners, Centre for Youth and Development, provide in Malawi mean that we can significantly extend the lifetime of donated PCs.

In this case, the 54 PCs donated by Thirteen offset 31 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is the
equivalent of planting 78 trees, or offsetting the annual carbon footprint of three people in the UK.

We look forward to continuing to work with Thirteen Group so that old PCs, laptops, peripherals and phones can be reused and put to good use through our work in the UK and Africa.