Recycling Blog

Computer Amnesty in Marlborough

Published by Shirley Pryor on 23 June 2012

Do you have old, unwanted, unloved computers lurking or languishing in your home or business? Bring them along to the Transition Marlborough Computer Amnesty at the Marlborough Communities Market on first Sunday of each month in Marlborough High Street/Town Hall. Green Machine Computers Ltd, a local company, will refurbish them and sell them on at low cost.
The company was set up by Simon Crisp in 2011, when he left a large computer company, following redundancy. Simon identified huge wastage in the market: businesses and families threw away computers when upgrading and yet there was a lack of low cost, reliable computers for people in need. Someone receiving  benefits, whose washing machine packs up, will be pointed to a company such as Refurbiz in Devizes, who offer refurbished white goods at low cost; there wasn't an equivalent for computers. That’s when Green Machine Computers was born.
Simon offers a free collection service for waste computer and electronic equipment. The company then uses what it can to refurbish/rebuild a new machine (a huge environmental benefit), whilst recycling other components. The computer will then be offered to families on benefits/ low income, students or anyone who is in need of a low cost computer solution.  This offer is a complete system for £100, delivered and installed in their home. In addition, for each machine put back in the market place, a donation is given to charities in the local area, for example Afrikaya (Devizes) and  Helen and Douglas House.  Recently, Simon also made a donation of a laptop and  mobile phones to a charity that was taking them to Gambia.
If you cannot wait until the market, you can contact Green Machine on 01488 670350 or email: info at green-machine.org  Simon will also take printer toners and mobile phones for recycling. Click here for Green Machine's website