A NEW initiative to recycle old technology and raise funds for community causes has been launched by a Wiltshire company.

Donate IT has been set up by Blackmore Ricotech, based in Chitterne, to encourage businesses and staff to recycle their old tech including laptops, PCs, routers, smartphones, tablets, games and more.

The refurbished tech or useful reclaimed elements are then used to raise cash to benefit the Wiltshire community.

Blackmore Ricotech is accepting donations of items which are then thoroughly cleared and cleansed of data before being refurbished or broken down into parts of value.

The refurbished tech or component parts are then sold to raise funds to supply schools and local community groups with new equipment.

Steve Edmunds, chairman of Blackmore Ricotech, said, “There are many great schemes popping up to help schools and community groups gain access to technology during the pandemic and beyond.

“Sanitising and recycling IT tech is what we do day in and day out, ensuring we do the best for the planet whilst getting the optimum value for items that can be reused and resold.

“We don’t just want your old laptops; we can accept any technology which has value. We will then process it and sell it for the optimum amount and create a fund from the profit generated to buy a much wider range of tech that is really required in our communities, whether this is laptops with the correct software or other really needed items such as PCs, Wifi equipment or printers.”Businesses and organisations with redundant equipment can email DonateIT@r3ycle.co.uk to arrange a pickup.Staff can also donate their suitable equipment to be picked up at the same time if they wish.

All donors can rest assured that data safety is treated as paramount by Blackmore IT as one of the country’s leading specialists in IT disposal.To nominate your school or community group to be a recipient of the Donate IT fund please email: DonateIT@r3ycle.co.uk with your name, email address, telephone number and up to 300 words as to how the fund could benefit you.