Donate unwanted computers to help older people

Donate unwanted computers to help older people

Encouraging the nation to de-clutter their homes, Age UK, the leading charity for older people, is calling upon the public to donate their unwanted computer equipment. Instead of letting un-used devices gather dust, donated items will be recycled enabling the Charity to raise vital funds to help those in later life.

Whether it’s desktop computers, monitors, laptops or tablets, people looking to recycle IT equipment through Age UK’s new online computer recycling scheme can do so from the comfort of their own home, with the full amount going directly to the Charity.

With technology developing at lightening speed many of us are updating our gadgets more regularly but nearly a third of people admit to hanging on to one PC or laptop that they no longer use, whilst a further 15% own up to having two.

So instead of stashing surplus IT items, the Charity is encouraging people to visit Donating through the new recycling scheme is simple, safe and environmentally friendly, with all proceeds going straight to Age UK.

Once online you’ll be given an instant valuation and directed to a designated local store, where the items will be collected for free via the Collect+ parcel service.

Age UK is also urging people to Gift Aid their contributions, allowing the Charity to claim a further 25% of the total donation amount from the government.

Hugh Forde, Managing Director of Retail, Trading and Training at Age UK, said:  “With so many of us hanging on to unwanted IT equipment the latest initiative from Age UK is a simple and effective way of disposing of old items.

“Not only will donating your gadgets de-clutter your home, but you could also be transforming lives, helping to provide vital services to support older people. I urge everyone with any old IT equipment to donate it today and show their support for Age UK’s work.”

The money raised from the computer recycling scheme will support Age UK’s range of services both nationally and locally, helping millions of older people.

Age UK’s vital work supports older people in all sorts of ways tackling issues such as loneliness, and providing information and advice, practical support and access to social activities to help make life better.

People looking to make a contribution to Age UK can also donate a wide range of goods, including clothing and accessories, gifts, toys, household items and shoes.

Each of the 440+ shops in the UK is reliant on the kind donations of the local community, which not only help to keep the shelves stocked but also generate vital funds to deliver a range of national and local support services to help ensure older people across the country can make the most of later life.

Age UK is running the scheme in partnership with RDC, an IT Disposal and IT Recycling company.

As the largest provider of computer recycling services in Europe, those donating can be sure that all equipment will be refurbished to recognised industry standards in full accordance with all safety, waste and data legislation including the WEEE Directive.