Sourcing donated PCs- Volunteering

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  1. mcfee03

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    Hi all!

    I've volunteered myself at a youth charity- to share my love and knowledge of code with disadvantaged kids.

    A lot of kids are keen- but we currently only have a couple of PCs

    I'm based in Sydney, and the PCs would just need to run Linux.

    I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion on where/how to source them? Or better still, does anyone have/work in a company with lots of old PC's they're getting rid of?

    Cheers
     
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  2. im late

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    Best bet is to approach a whole bunch of private schools.

    They usually do the three year upgrade cycle path for computers.

    Thus end up with old (but usually working) full computers.

    They either have a company that comes to collect, or they have it pilled up in some room somewhere.

    Some of them will probably look at this is you doing them a favor for getting rid of the stuff that has already been written off the books.
     
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    mcfee03

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    Thanks for that suggestion- I'll give it a try!
     
  4. Hotrod2go

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    You can also pick up some bargains on gumtree.
     
  5. macktheknife

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    Australia has a federal recycling scheme for 'e-waste' that is probably a good starting point.

    https://www.environment.gov.au/prot...very/television-and-computer-recycling-scheme

    There are four companies authorised in the scheme.
    https://techcollect.com.au/
    https://epsaewaste.com.au/
    https://www.ecyclesolutions.net.au/
    https://mri.com.au/dropzone/

    I'd also contact local councils as they may have some kind of community scheme or warehouse that you might scounge some up with.

    There are also some places like https://workventures.com.au/ that will have low cost pcs. I know there's a Computerbank Victoria that might have helped but I don't think there's any NSW equivalent that I know of.
     
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    Some of the Work For The Dole schemes up here in BananaLand used to have a few areas that did PC overhauls for donations, you could try asking around those as well perhaps.
     
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