New scheme to rehome IT equipment in the community

Thousands of people are set to benefit from a pioneering initiative by collecting surplus IT equipment from local organisations across Cornwall and Devon, refurbishing it and re-homing it to those unable to afford their own.

KIT|24 is a new initiative launched by Wildanet, the Cornwall-based gigabit-capable broadband provider, in partnership with LEAP.

The scheme seeks to tackle both the digital divide and the mounting e-waste problem by collecting 2,400 unwanted devices from local organisations and re-homing them through a network of charity and community-based organisations.

This process is facilitated through partnerships with social change charity Good Things Foundation, Reconome and Cornish-based IT recycling and refurb specialists Trusted Tech.

Helen Wylde-Archibald, Wildanet chief executive, said: “The KIT|24 initiative is a great example of how Wildanet is working to make a positive difference through our ongoing commitment to sustainability, supporting our local communities and our core mission to promote digital inclusion for all.

“By repurposing surplus IT equipment, we not only support local businesses and organisations to reduce electronic waste but also help bridge the digital divide by providing access to technology for those in need. We are excited to see the positive impact this program will have on communities across Cornwall and Devon.”

Earlier this year Wildanet became first UK-based alternative network provider to become a B Corp organisation.

KIT|24 has been launched to coincide with B Corp month, the global celebration during March showcasing how current and future B Corp businesses can grow their positive impact.