IT disposal firm offers free recycled computers to charities

Prism Disposal, based in Congleton, Cheshire, says on its website that charities can apply for one free PC subject to demand and stock levels

An IT disposal company is offering free recycled computers to registered UK charities.

Prism Disposal, a Cheshire-based firm that disposes of unwanted IT equipment and deletes data, launched the scheme in August to reuse some of the tens of tonnes of electrical goods it deals with every year.

To date, the Congleton firm has handed over more than 30 computers to about a dozen charities. Most recently, it gave four refurbished and re-licensed PCs and a laptop to Ruby’s Fund, a Congleton-based charity aiming to provide sensory and soft play for children with additional needs, as well as a package of other IT services, including domain hosting. 

Charities can register for the scheme on Prism Disposal’s website and join a waiting list. There are 12 organisations already on the list waiting for free computers.

The company says on the site that it is offering one free PC per charity subject to demand and stock levels. But Gary Smith, co-founder of Prism Disposal, which is a subsidiary of Prism Total IT Solutions, said this was flexible and depended on the circumstances of the organisation and the quality of the machines available.

"The vast majority of machines collected by Prism Disposal have not reached the end of their life and can be used again," he said.

"Once business machines have had all data securely removed they can be used in all sorts of applications by charities. We are constantly receiving computers that can be reused and if charities email us with an outline of what capabilities they require we will match machines to the requests as they become available."

 

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