Charity offers to repurpose unwanted digital devices

Local charity Climate Action Ilkley is working with Digital Access West Yorkshire (DAWY) to help connect local communities and families by collecting unwanted tech such as laptops and tablets for wiping and redistribution to those who’ll benefit instantly from digital access.

Residents and organisations are being encouraged to have a clear-out of unneeded devices by 17th January, Climate Action Ilkley volunteers will collect and deliver to Digital Access West Yorkshire in a covid-aware way. They in turn will wipe, reset, clean and distribute the goods to a recipient referred to either themselves or their Bradford-based partners Solidaritech by a local community organisation or school.

Requested devices (including charging cables & leads) are tablets, laptops, PCs and mobile phones which are less than 5 years old and still in working order. Donations should be put into a bag or box, with chargers attached or bagged with the relevant device. Individual covid-safe collections can be arranged by emailing ASAP.

All donations will be delivered directly to DAWY, where a computer specialist will wipe the machine’s data at the earliest possible point and reset it to its original factory settings. No personal data will remain on any devices that are distributed. If donors prefer, they can wipe their own machine before donating it, following the guidelines at In particular iTunes accounts should be removed from any Apple devices, otherwise their security means they’re rendered useless.

Climate Action Ilkley member & local resident Ruth McBain, who is coordinating the collection, says “Wit