Close the Gap collects high-quality, pre-owned IT equipment from companies and organisations all over the world. We collect the equipment in a professional way and at no cost to the donor.
Collection of the donated material
Close the gap organises the collection of A-brand used equipment if it complies with the following conditions:
We can collaborate starting from a minimum volume of about 30 asset donations (including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, Multi Functional Printers, server and network equipment, desktops, screens, etc.).
The computers (or any other IT assets) preferably come from the same batch of equipment. Not only does this allow us to provide a beneficiary project with same-specification computers, it also saves on overhead costs.
Minimum specification requirements
- Desktops: Pentium IV 3.0Ghz
- Screens: 15” TFT flat screens
- Laptops: Pentium Centrino 1.6 GHz
- Printers: laser jet
- Smartphones and tablets
- Networking equipment: routers, servers,…
- Thin-Client workstations
Close the Gap takes care of the collection, transport, refurbishment, and possible recycling costs as well as the subsequent reporting costs.
We are aware that it is not always easy for companies to multiply initiatives when it comes to renewing and recycling their computer equipment and we are ready to collect a certain amount of equipment that does not comply with our minimum specifications, depending on the volume and overall quality of the donation.
Please note that there are specific packing instructions to which donations should comply.
The refurbishing process
Once the equipment is collected, Close the Gap works with its refurbishment partner Arrow Value Recovery, to start the refurbishing process:
- Cleaning and repairing of the assets
- Erasing of all the data on the hard drive disks using using Blancco solutions. With this method, there is no data risk for your company at all.
- Recycling of assets that cannot be reused.
About six weeks after the collection, each donor receives a full status report indicating the quality of each donated asset, listed according to its original serial number and tracking number – if used. The data wipe and any destruction certificates are also sent.
Your company wishes to donate its computers and become a friend of Close the Gap
If you wish to donate ICT equipment to Close the Gap, please send a list to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32(0)2 614 81 59 indicating the number of assets and their specifications, so that we can assess if we can handle this donation.
If we can, it takes about 10 working days to organise the collection at your premises. Collections can be organised all around the world, free of charge.