PC trade-in scheme launched

Education company RM has announced the launch of a new PC trade-in scheme called ScrapIT, to raise money for ICT projects in Africa, as well as providing UK schools with the most up-to-date education technology.

The scheme will help school pupils, by providing them with modern ICT equipment to assist with their education. ScrapIT allows customers to trade in old PCs for a large discount when purchasing the new RM One.

It is estimated that “over a quarter of a million computers are considered ineffective for teaching the curriculum due to either age or specification,” according to Besa.

For every PC traded-in, RM will donate £5 to ICT projects in Africa and will be working with third party organisations such as Digital Links, which aims to bring the best technology available to disadvantaged communities at an affordable rate; and IT Schools Africa, a UK-based charity which provides recycled computers to African schools.

Terry Sweeney, chief executive at RM, said: "The ScrapIT trade-in scheme offers a unique chance to help improve the educational opportunities of pupils on a national and international level, through providing children with the ICT equipment they so greatly need to advance their ability to develop skills for the 21st Century."

The scheme applies to the trade-in of old RM PCs, old RM Ones or any other branded PCs and offers savings of up to £150. Old PCs are collected using a 'milk-run' approach, enabling multiple customer collections using only one vehicle, thus enabling the most carbon friendly approach to collection. Machines are then tested and graded and sold back into the market.