Computer Aid International will be joining Healthy Planet at their ‘Books For Free’ outlet in the Spires Shopping Centre in Barnet at the end of the month. The charity will be accepting donated PC’s, monitors and laptops, as well as other IT paraphernalia such as keyboards, mice and cables from the general public.
For two days only Computer Aid will be holding an ‘IT Amnesty’ event where you can safely and easily dispose of your old computer. At the same time as protecting the environment, you will be donating to the largest ICT for development charity in the world, what could be better than that?
Computer Aid International’s goal is to reduce poverty through providing communities in the developing world with practical ICT solutions. Providing it meets our specifications and rigorous quality testing standards, your donated PC or laptop could get a second lease of life with one of our partner organisations in the Africa or South America. If your computer does not have a long lifespan, or if it is broken and cannot be fixed, Computer Aid will send it to be recycled in an environmentally friendly way, with 0% going to landfill.
Computer Aid professionally data wipes and refurbishes donated computers in our workshop in North London. These are then boxed up and shipped to a range of non-for-profit organisations in the developing world including schools, universities and hospitals. All donations are asset tagged on arrival to our warehouse, so if you enquire we may be able to tell you where your equipment has been reused.
Healthy Planet is an environmental charity with aims similar to our own: giving things a second chance to be used and enjoyed rather than being disposed of. Computer Aid fully supports Healthy Planet’s ‘Books For Free’ initiative, which has currently saved over 2 million books from going to landfill or being pulped. ‘Stuff for Free’ is a newer initiative, where members of the public are encouraged to bring anything they don’t want anymore to one of their advertised popup spaces. They are then encouraging to peruse the site and take home anything they might have a use for. You don’t have to donate to give something a new home: I myself walked away with an interesting book from ‘Books For Free’ in Barnet! The ‘Books for Free’ centres do welcome donations however, and are happy to take in any books that are lying around that you may no longer want.
So come down to the Spires Shopping Centre in Barnet and donate your unwanted IT equipment to Computer Aid! We will be joining Healthy Planet from 12.00-17.00 on Tuesday 28th August, and 12.00-20.00 on Wednesday 29th August, so you can drop-off your computer after work. We look forward to seeing you then!