“We’re delighted to be working with The Turing Trust. There are lots of good reasons to recycle equipment in this way; the opportunities it provides to young people who might not otherwise have access to digital skills and the positive green benefits it has.” – Hassan Bahrani, Thirteen’s Networks, Infrastructure and Mobile Service Implementation Manager
Managing asset disposal is normally a bit of a headache for most organisations but one of boxxe’s clients have recently begun a new relationship with the Turing Trust enabling them to reduce their disposal costs whilst making an environmental and social impact.
The Turing Trust is a charity that supports education in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing computers and improving teacher training using ICT. They provide skills development in the UK while reducing waste and contributing to an environmentally friendly society. The charity has so far reused more than 4,200 PCs enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.
How were costs reduced?
The Turing Trust provide all of these services for free:
- Accredited data destruction to the British HMG InfoSec and ISO Standards
- Social impact as they reuse PCs in schools
- Environmental impact as this offsets carbon emissions
For Thirteen this meant they were able to significantly reduce their recycling costs. The Turing Trust are now collecting Thirteen’s redundant ICT equipment, providing certificates of data destruction. This enables Thirteen to make a saving of 80% on their previous recycling costs all while making an environmental and social impact.
This approach to reuse (over recycling) 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 provide in Malawi mean that they 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 3 people in the UK.
These 54 PCs will enable the Turing Trust to supply 3 schools with PCs in Malawi. This means that an additional 1,154 Malawian students to learn vital IT skills by reusing Thirteen’s old PCs.
How you can get involved
We’ve set up a process so that our clients can donate their old IT equipment to the Turing Trust simply and easily.
The Turing Trust accepts most working ICT equipment, ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones all the way to power cables, headphones and mice. A full list of what we can use can be found here. They offer peace of mind for questions around data destruction (worth noting that we can still reuse PCs that do not have hard drives), and offer the chance to see old computers have a new lease of life providing educational opportunities in Africa.
Equipment can be sent to boxxe in York, sent directly to the Turing Trust’s workshop in Edinburgh, or collected from any offices UK-wide.