How to Sustainably Recycle Your IT Equipment with The Turing Trust

How to Sustainably Recycle Your IT Equipment with The Turing Trust

Managing IT asset disposal can be a pain for most organisations but SBL and many of its customers have found a solution. Through building a relationship with The Turing Trust, SBL can now responsibly dispose of its IT equipment at a drastically reduced cost. All while making a great educational, social and environmental impact.

Who are The Turing Trust?

Group photo of members of the Turing Trust team.

The Turing Trust are a registered charity that support 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.

SBL have consistently supported The Turing Trust over the last few years and helped establish further partnerships with our clients. Between us and our customers, we now send all of our waste IT assets to The Turing Trust, who ship and install the equipment in Malawian schools so that students can learn vital IT skills.

How does it work?

Fixing old IT equipment

So far this year, The Turing Trust have received 196 PCs from SBL and its customers. The approach to reuse over recycle moves the donated equipment up the waste hierarchy and as a result, offsets the associated CO2 emissions from prematurely recycling working IT assets.

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. The refurbishment process and long-term maintenance services The Turing Trust provide in Malawi mean that they can also significantly extend the lifetime of donated equipment.

At an IT collection and refurbishment workshop in Edinburgh, they wipe and refurbish computers. Anything that cannot be reused is properly recycled at an authorised WEEE facility in the UK through downstream partners. They take full responsibility for equipment and ensure that 0% goes to landfill.

Environmental benefits

The environmental benefits of this speak for themselves. In this case, the 196 PCs donated this year from SBL and its customers will offset 55 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is the equivalent of planting 137 trees or offsetting the annual carbon footprint of 5.7 Britons. Embodied energy savings created would be enough to power 13 homes in the UK for 1 year.

Educational and social benefits

In today’s modern world, those who are not digitally literate cannot take advantage of the benefits technology brings to the world. The Turing Trust want to ensure all young people have the opportunity to obtain the digital skills so they can access the benefits of the digital age; and are committed to helping students across Malawi and other sub-Saharan countries to do so.

In this case, the combined donation of 196 PCs means that a further 3,500 student will learn vital IT skills thath improve their education and enable them to make the most of the online world.

How can you get involved?

Through SBL’s partnership with The Turing Trust, we’ve set up a process so that SBL’s 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.

Working with SBL means that we can offer you a continuous service, providing the peace of mind for questions around data destruction (worth noting that we can still reuse PCs that do not have hard drives), and see your old computers have a new lease of life providing educational opportunities in Africa.

Equipment can be sent to SBL in York, directly to the Turing Trust’s workshop in Edinburgh or collected from any offices UK-wide.