Left to right, Daryl Gibbins, BCHA Business Support Services Manager with Simon Mack, Green Machine
Charitable housing association BCHA - which works to deliver the highest standards of support for society's most in-need people through housing, health, learning and work - is proud to be working in partnership with Green Machine Computers, by providing an IT recycling point at BCHA’s co-working community and conference hub centre, The Factory, in Poole.
The Covid-secure drop-off point, where members of the public or businesses, can bring their unwanted tablets and computers, will help support Green Machine’s Tech Amnesty. This not for profit scheme donates refurbished IT equipment to children, schools and digitally excluded individuals.
Green Machine are IT recycling experts who operate in compliance with the EU Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive. They take in old IT equipment and securely remove all data and personal information, before refurbishing and reinstalling operating software. The recycled equipment is then issued to children and schools who are struggling with home schooling, as well as individuals who are digitally excluded.
BCHA’s partnership with Green Machine reflects its own green and digital inclusion strategies to support young people and individuals by giving them access to affordable IT equipment so they are able to access online learning.
Toby Mallowan, Head of Homelessness, Health and Wellbeing at BCHA, said:
“We have set up an IT collection point in partnership with Green Machine Computers as part of their Tech Amnesty campaign to boost the recycling of IT equipment. This will enable them to repurpose equipment to be donated to young people, allowing them to learn from home through the lockdown.
“This links with our own strategy to support the digital inclusivity of our customers by providing them with much needed IT equipment. Our partnership with Green Machine will enable us to gain access to a supply of securely refurbished devices that can then be donated to BCHA customers in need of digital support.”
Simon Crisp, Managing Director of Green Machine, said:
“Digital Poverty is a serious problem and if we do not do something about it, this generation of children will suffer, with the support of individuals and families donating their old tech we hope to close the gap on the digital divide.”
For further information about dropping off IT equipment at The Factory, 14 Alder Hills, Poole BH12 4AS, please contact Daryl Gibbins, Business Support Services Manager on: 07966 808817. Please can donors telephone Daryl first to arrange a suitable drop-off time, plus they will need to give their name and contact details before dropping off equipment, in accordance with track and trace guidelines.
For further information about Green Machine and their Tech Amnesty, please visit www.greenmachinecomputers.com/techamnesty