Calls for City workers and residents to recycle old tech


The City of London is hosting the capital’s second Tech-Takeback event this week, where workers and residents can declutter and drop off old and unwanted computers, phones, cables and other gadgets, working or broken.

Tech-Takeback is a pop-up, run by a team of dedicated IT and recycling experts.

The last event, held in September resulted in more than a quarter of a tonne of tech being handed over for recycling or reusing.

It is a partnership between the City of London Corporation and Tech-Takeback founders: computer data erasure experts EraseMyData; free online reuse network, Freegle; and circular economy environment specialists, SOENECS.

The event is taking place on 10 January from 8.30am-5pm at the City Corporation’s Guildhall, and on 11 January at St Giles Cripplegate Church.

 Anyone with unwanted tech including PCs, tablets, laptops, cables, mobile phones, hard drives, USBs, CDs, DVDs, games consoles, digital cameras and sat navs can drop them off with the Tech-Takeback team.

The items will then be professionally data erased by experts using a government compliant data-erasure service. If you live or work in the Square Mile, you can bring your home tech for free. If you are a business bringing work tech, you may be liable for a charge of £5 or £10 per device to erase the data on it.

Once checked and data-erased if appropriate, the tech is gifted to charities to either use or distribute, or given away on the online reuse network Freegle or to people less able to afford new tech.

If the equipment is beyond repair, it is dismantled, with its parts such as printed circuit boards and metals recycled and other materials repurposed.

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Jeremy Simons, chair of the City of London Corporation’s environment committee, said:“Electronic waste continues to be a real threat us all, damaging the environment through land, air and water contamination.

“We want to help people declutter and dispose of their old equipment safely while supporting those less able to purchase new technology.

 “This tech-takeback gives City workers, residents and businesses a new way of disposing of their tired tech responsibly.

 “And through this partnership we are playing our part to help the City’s local community become more sustainable.”

Dr David Greenfield, co-founder of Tech-Takeback and managing director of SOENECS, said: “Tech-Takeback is offering residents and workers in the Square Mile to securely de-clutter after Christmas, with the huge focus on climate crisis, let us help you give you old tech a second life and clear some space at the same time.”

A variety of charities have already benefited from Tech-Takeback events, including the Sussex Homeless Support Charity, the Green Centre, The National Tech4Good Awards, The Bevy Community Pub, Artists at Boomtown Festival, Brighton Pride HQ, Screwed Sculptures, and the Library of Things. Further afield, tech has also been sent tech to the Little Trees Skills Training Centre in The Gambia, Africa

Tech-Takeback is free to local residents, and those using Tech-Takeback will receive an e-mail confirming erasure of data-bearing tech.

If a certificate of data erasure is required a charge of £5 per hard disk applies to cover the cost of use of government approved software and generation of certificate.

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