In light of the new increased restrictions in Scotland, as of 24th December we will no longer be able to accept donations of IT equipment from businesses. This is temporary until we have been advised by the government that it is once again safe to do so. We hope to be able to resume this service as of 18th January, and will update this page with more information closer to the time.

Free Computer and IT Disposal
for Businesses

In response to the growing need for convenient and secure IT disposal avenues for businesses, and escalations in digital poverty and social isolation amongst disadvantaged communities as a result of Covid-19, the Edinburgh Remakery is offering a free and environmentally friendly means for IT and computer disposal.

Take a look at our full service brochure below to see our easy 6-step process for secure IT disposal and refurbishments. If you have equipment you’d like to pass on or would like to find out more about this service, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you within 3 working days.

Scroll a bit further for details of our computer and laptop disposal project, and some of the communities we’ve been able to help so far thanks to business donations.

Get in touch – complete this form to find out how we can help your business

    The Edinburgh Remakery, recently named one of the top 100 outstanding UK Social Enterprises in the NatWest Business #SE100 Index, is offering businesses an environmentally friendly and socially beneficial means to dispose of end-of-use IT equipment with a free IT disposal and refurbishment service.

    With a thriving IT repair and refurbishment department, and the means to collect and accept socially-distanced donations, we’re keen to do whatever we can to support those in need during lockdown and beyond.

    Recent beneficiaries of this service have included the Citadel Youth Centre Young Mum’s Group and the charity People Know How, who were given free refurbished laptops and tablets, donated from the University of Edinburgh, to ensure their members have access to essential online services, such as healthcare, education, and the job market during the Covid-19 pandemic, and can connect with loved ones.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the growing inequalities across the UK, with disadvantaged and minority communities being hit hardest by the virus and digital poverty widening the gap even further. Ensuring that people have access to laptops and computers is essential in bridging that gap, and giving everyone an equal opportunity to stay safe and informed during the crisis and beyond.

    Not only is this service of great value to the community, it is also of substantial benefit to businesses who otherwise may struggle to find a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly means to pass on their redundant computers, laptops, monitors, and other electronic devices.

    The University of Edinburgh have been using the Edinburgh Remakery’s free IT disposal service since 2015, during which time more than 4,500 electronic items have been saved from becoming waste, with approximately 80% of the equipment donated being successfully refurbished, repaired, and given a new life. Click here to read their Letter of Recommendation.

    In April 2020, Illuminate Technology, an Edinburgh-based IT Consultancy, also signed up to the disposal service, to give them and their clients an eco-friendly avenue for their old equipment, helping them whilst also preventing unnecessary electronic waste and pollution.

    “Edinburgh Remakery’s activities were brought to our attention during the COVID19 crisis and it seemed so natural to partner with them.  As a conservation and education charity we were keen to see our old computer equipment appropriately reused or recycled – it brings social benefits as much of the equipment they collect is refurbished for distribution to those most in need and environmental benefits by reducing waste.  The process was easy – we provided a list of our equipment, they arranged collection, the data cleaning and the reuse certificates and all for free.”

    – Susan Davies, CEO Scottish Seabird Centre

    “We are often asked to remove old IT equipment which is end of life. Unfortunately, this is seldom something we can afford to do and it has been a huge frustration for us and our clients for many years. As an IT business we are keen to be part of the Circular Economy and have been looking for an ethical way to have a cradle to grave journey for the equipment we provide to clients.  Our partnership with Edinburgh Remakery is going to allow us to provide this service whilst also ensuring that it is being reused or recycled.”

    – Amanda Stewart, Managing Director, Illuminate Technology Ltd

    By expanding our free IT disposal service, the Edinburgh Remakery hopes to encourage more businesses to donate old IT equipment to the Remakery to refurbish and pass on, increasing their positive impact within the community.