We’re delighted to be involved in a pioneering project benefitting families across Leeds equipping them with recycled laptops.
Through the innovative partnership between our compliance scheme WEEE Link and local community groups in Leeds we are able to redistribute working laptops across the district which would otherwise have been broken up to salvage any reusable components. Not only is this easing home schooling pressures for families across Leeds, but it is also a step towards a wider aim of better bridging the digital divide across the UK.
Since the launch of the project earlier this year over 100 laptops have been donated to charities and organisations, such as Pudsey Computers and The Hyde Park Book Club, for distribution to families across Leeds.
The project is not limited to the immediate vicinity of any individual Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Leeds, therefore the laptops can be redistributed across the district.
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environment and active lifestyles, said: “Some families will be facing an extremely difficult time at the moment in balancing home schooling with their own jobs, often with very limited resources. We hope this new project will relieve some of the pressures faced by Leeds families, particularly those having to home school, by providing them with free technology which would otherwise go to waste.”
As the project grows we hope to see more and more organisations taking part and playing a vital role in distributing valuable equipment to bridge the digital divide.
Martyn Parfitt, Operations Manager at the Wastepack Group: “This is an important project, and one we are proud to be a part of. With the last year bringing many new challenges for us all, we are pleased to give back to the communities we operate in, while alleviating the potential burden of limited technology resources, for home schooling and beyond, to families across Leeds.”
If you are a business that would like to get involved with the project and donate IT equipment please get in touch with our team - your unused or unwanted equipment could make someone’s day!