Narrowing the digital divide: Sandwell businesses urged to donate unwanted PCs and laptops
21 Sep 2021 by Mazeline Hemmings
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A new Sandwell partnership is urging local businesses to donate unwanted PCs, laptops and tablets to people in need. Sandwell Digital Donation is a partnership between Sandwell Council, Black Country Housing Group and West Bromwich-based social enterprise REPC Ltd.
It is hoped the programme will help to narrow the ‘digital divide’: the gap between people in society who have full access to digital technologies and those who do not.
The project team collects old PCs, laptops and tablets from business premises. They ensure all data is deleted safely and legally, then they repair and recondition the equipment before passing it on to households within the borough.
If the equipment can’t be reused, REPC will ensure it is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.