Specifications of equipment that we can reuse

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Specifications of equipment that we can reuse

Computer Aid is able to reuse:

Working Dual Core processor computers and laptops upwards. Unless modified most systems running Windows XP will be acceptable. Any size TFT (flat screen) monitor, laptop power adaptors, power cables, keyboards and mice. Unfortunately we can no longer accept CRT monitors due to their age, size and practicality.

As we need to ensure that the equipment we send overseas will be usable for several more years, we perform stringent quality tests on all donated equipment to guarantee that it meets the required standard.

Any equipment we cannot reuse will be recycled, and we guarantee zero percent will go to landfill. We may however ask for a contribution towards the cost of this service, please get in touch for a quote.

Printers, scanners, faxes and servers

As the countries we send equipment to tend not to have the same parts and toners as we do in the UK we don't reuse printers, scanners, and faxes. We also do not reuse servers as they are often too large and costly to ship overseas.

We do however recycle them, which we do in full accordance with the WEEE directive in an environmentally friendly way. We will ask for the donor to cover the recycling costs, the amount will depend on the size of the equipment, starting at £7.50 for a desktop printer.

Power cables, keyboards and mice and other peripherals

We also need donations of power cables, keyboards and mice.

We also will accept other peripherals and spare parts including:

IDE Hard disks greater than 40GB CDROM/DVD ROM Drives CD Writers Multimedia cards (Video, capture etc)

Cartridge and Mobile Phone Recycling

You can also recycle your used printer cartridges and mobile phones in aid of Computer Aid. This service is completely free of charge and available nationwide.

To request a recycling box for your office, please fill in our online form at this link

Or call Liesbeth on 020 8361 5540 or email liesbeth@computeraid.org.

Equipment Computer Aid is unable to reuse - terms and conditions

Unfortunately we cannot reuse Pentium 1, 2, 3 or 4 computers or Apple Macintosh equipment as well as printers, faxes, scanners and servers. Any equipment that we cannot reuse in the developing world will be resold or recycled. Any proceeds from sales will be used to defray the costs of shipping computers to our beneficiaries. All machines will be datawiped as standard using Ontrack Erasure CESG approved data wiping.

Equipment that we recycle is done in full accordance with the WEEE directive and recycled through an Environment Agency approved recycler that has been audited by Computer Aid and is based within the UK. Computer Aid is approved by the Environment Agency as an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF).

We would ask for the donor to cover the recycling costs, the amount will depend on the size of the equipment.

Please feel free to call us on 020 8361 5540 or email  if you are unsure or have specialised equipment.

A volunteer technician testing PC's in Computer Aid's London workshop.

A volunteer technician testing PC's in Computer Aid's London workshop.