Stone based Capula recently identified some unused IT equipment that was surplus to its requirements.
To ensure that the kit did not go to waste, a number of its employees contacted local charities and schools to ask if they could donate this equipment, helping to give it a new lease of life as well as supporting the fight against e-waste.
One of the deserving causes was Free IT Stafford, a non-profit, community organisation made up of a network of local IT repair professionals who work voluntarily to tackle e-waste and digital poverty.
They provide free computer equipment to schools, charities, community groups and the voluntary sector by accepting donations of used or unwanted IT equipment. They securely wipe, modernise and in some instances repair damaged equipment, and then redistribute them for free to those who need them.
The equipment donated by Capula has been given a new lease of life through Free IT Stafford, being sent to new homes including The Den 101 youth centre in Rugeley, 196 Squadron Air Cadets in Bloxwich, and a new internet cafe at Sparkles Children’s Centre in Burntwood. The donated kit will provide local children with the opportunity to access online services for free, supporting both school work and recreation.
Another deserving cause that has been supported by Capula’s recent donation was Battling Brook Primary School in Hinckley. Selected by another Capula employee whose children attend the school, the equipment will help to refresh and expand the current ICT suite to allow more children to access computer learning.
Mark Price, Capula IT Manager, initially suggested to employees to reach out to local charities and speaking about the donation said: “We try to avoid electronic-waste, and I am pleased to see that this unused equipment has gone to these local projects, providing computer and online access to those who need it.
We will continue to take responsibility for recycling our unwanted equipment, to ensure that electronic-waste doesn’t harm the environment, whilst giving back to our local communities.”