A Highland charity and social enterprise has launched a new service to refurbish unused and unwanted laptops, converting them to affordable, high-quality Chromebooks.


Martin Macleod, CEO of ILM Highland (right) and Kenny Horsfield, director of recycling operations.

ILM Highland will sell refurbished Chromebooks starting at £ 70 at its Alness store, providing affordable computing equipment to consumers in the north of Scotland – with plans to introduce online selling during the new year.

Two jobs will be created to support the project, which is expected to renovate at least 800 unused laptops in 15 months.

Martin Macleod, CEO of ILM Highland, said: “We are delighted to launch this new laptop refurbishment project at a time when everything needs to be done to reuse and repair electronics to reduce pollution. and carbon emissions.

“Each year 23.9 kg of electronic waste and equipment is generated by every person in the UK. On top of that, every UK household accumulates an average of 20 small unused electrical appliances.

“There is a huge need to reuse this electronic equipment – making sure it doesn’t end up in landfills. However, it is estimated that only around 2.5-10% of electronic devices are currently reused.

“We strongly believe in the circular economy, which is that electronic items can have a much longer lifespan beyond their initial use, with simple refurbishment and repairs. That’s why we’re delighted to provide these Refurbished Chromebooks, to ensure Highland laptops don’t end up in landfills.

“We welcome all donations of old convertible laptops. Ideally, laptops should come with cables and batteries to ensure they are suitable for upcycling. “

Laptops collected through ILM Highland’s public and corporate electrical recycling services will be used for the project, with the company also offering free transportation of old laptops to all businesses in the Highlands.

The program stems from research conducted by the Recycle Design for Sustainability project at the University of Strathclyde and has been supported by the Zero Waste Scotland Resource-Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Program.

Jayne Stirling of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We are really looking forward to working on this exciting project with ILM Highland. Choosing refurbished laptops instead of buying new ones is another way to cut down on the amount of material we use when buying things like technology.

To find out more about ILM Highland, visit www.ilmhighland.co.uk or follow him on social media.

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