How to help others with your existing tech

Present wrapped up in a pink bowA few months ago I got a phone call from my mobile phone provider. They wanted to know if I wanted to upgrade to a newer model of iPhone. "Of course," was my reply.

The chap on the other end of the phone went through the costs of getting a new phone. I could get some money off by selling my phone back to them, so they could sell it onto someone else. 

Whoever got my mobile phone would be getting a freshly wiped mobile phone for a fraction of the cost of a new iPhone. Everybody wins.

Corporate and individual tech recycling

If you are part of an organisation in the midst of upgrading your tech equipment, and want to lighten your carbon footprint by ensuring the equipment is put to good use, then read on for some suggestions of IT recycling firms you can approach.

If you're an individual wanting to help others make the most of your old devices, we have some valuable ideas for you too.

(Please note: AbilityNet has not used some of the below website, so be aware these are not recommendations, just examples of organisations that may be able to assist.)

How to recycle workplace equipment 

If your company is upgrading its computer hardware it does make sense to sell it to a company that refurbishes equipment. By doing this you'll be helping people out who are feeling the pinch and need to buy a refurbished device. 

Contacts for selling workplace devices

2. How to both save money and help others

Last year I decided that my Mac was getting past the point of no return. It was 12 years old and was a little bit tired. So I sold it to someone who could refurbish it and sell it to someone else. I think I got about £200 for it. 

With that money and a bit of saving, I then decided that I wanted to go back to Windows and so I bought a system for about £400.

This system was refurbished and included a monitor and a base unit. The computer and monitor are both HP which is a fairly well-known make. I just do some basic web browsing and photo editing. I think I've got a bargain, to be honest.

So, if you're an individual who is keen to both raise money for yourself and help others at the same time by selling your equipment, you may find many local high street shops will buy your IT equipment and refurbish it and then sell it onto someone else.

Can you trust refurbished tech?

Where does the refurbished technology come from? Can you trust it? 

A lot of refurbished computers come from companies who are looking at upgrading their IT equipment, instead of just letting it go to a landfill site that isn't that ecologically friendly.

The process is: they sell it to companies that can wipe the computer data and then do a clean install of Windows or similar operating systems, and then sell it to the consumer at a fraction of the cost. 

Contact AbilityNet for advice

If you're thinking of updating to a newer device, you could call AbilityNet's friendly team on 0800 048 7642, or fill in this form and we can advise you on what you need to do before you sell your device or machine.

One of our network of volunteers can support you to make sure that you've got all of your important data and made sure that you've done everything you can to make sure your device is free of all your personal information.

Contacts for selling devices

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