The National Device Bank
The secure, sustainable and socially responsible solution for corporate IT asset disposal. Don’t dispose, donate your company's electronic waste to the National Device Bank and help digitally excluded people get online.
What is the National Device Bank?
Upgrading or disposing of your corporate technology? Exploring new ways for your company to make a positive impact on both the environment and society? We have a free solution that achieves each of these goals.
Donate your company’s IT equipment to the National Device Bank.
Powered by Good Things, the National Device Bank is an alternative solution to IT asset disposal that tackles e-waste whilst supporting people who are digitally excluded. The National Device Bank accepts used IT equipment and devices from organisations of any size and sector – it’s a secure, sustainable and socially responsible solution for corporate electronic waste.
Get in touch to donate devices, or continue reading to discover why your organisation should get involved.
Keeping your data safe: a secure alternative to IT asset disposal
We understand data security is a major concern when disposing of company IT equipment. Which is why we work with Reconome to securely collect, wipe and refurbish donated devices. Reconome uses industry-leading NIST accredited data wiping technologies and have formal contracts with distinguished ADISA and ISO accredited partner facilities. For every device donation, we provide a full reconciliation report of assets received and certificates of data erasure and destruction. This process has been designed to ensure you can change the lives of those less fortunate with confidence.
Find out more about data security on our Device Donation FAQ page.
Supporting your environmental goals: a sustainable alternative to IT asset disposal
The UK is the second largest emitter of electronic waste per capita in the world. There’s an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of tech discarded every year, and only 52.2% is recycled.
Your company can now responsibly and sustainably discard or dispose of your e-waste by donating unused IT equipment to the National Device Bank – meaning less tech ends up in landfill, and more devices get into the hands of those in need.
In just one year, corporate device donations to the National Device Bank, including laptops, mobile phones and tablets has prevented:
- 2,750,000+ CO2e emissions
- 26,000+ kg of e-waste
Donating your company’s IT equipment for reuse makes a true positive impact on our environment, preventing new emissions from entering the atmosphere, and by keeping valuable, critically scarce materials in the ground.
Helping digitally excluded people: a socially responsible alternative to IT asset disposal
Digitally excluded people do not have access to or the capability to use the internet or digital technologies. And without further intervention, an estimated 5.8 million people will still be digitally excluded in the UK by 2032, unable to use the internet or benefit from online services, opportunities and connection with loved ones. Your company can help tackle this through device donations.
Device donations are distributed across the National Digital Inclusion Network, made up of community organisations across the UK. Devices are given to people without access to their own, so that they can get online and connect with jobs, training, friends & family and essential everyday services. Read how getting their own device has helped Shanaha gain confidence and independence, and Samuel to stay connected during a time of isolation and loneliness.
“Having a device that works, a device that people can take ownership with to build their digital skills has a huge impact. Getting this support from [the National Device Bank] means we’re helping more residents become more digitally included, access essential services, stay in contact with friends and family, and improve their life skills. It’s basic human rights.” – Caspar Kennerdale, Managing Director of ClearCommunityWeb, part of the National Digital Inclusion Network
Donating corporate devices is simple – and free
The National Device Bank is a free, simple process for organisations to donate devices.
- Your company advises us how many and what type of IT equipment you’re donating.
- Good Things and our trusted partners then handle the collection, refurbishment and distribution across our National Digital Inclusion Network, getting devices into the hands of those who need them – all at no cost to yourself.
This free, easy process enables organisations to adopt a circular electronic for social good model, meaning you can embed device donations into your company’s long-term IT asset management strategy – and establish your business as a leader in reuse of IT for social good. The National Device Bank also accepts one-off device donations.
Thanks to some of the device donors so far...
“Ocado is delighted to be partnering with Good Things Foundation , and the wonderful work they do. It is fantastic to see the end of life laptops finding new homes and being impactful.” – Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Affairs, Ocado Group
Device donations are helping fix the digital divide - for good
140+ Digital Inclusion Hubs delivering the National Device Bank in their local communities
4,000+ donated devices have already been distributed to digitally excluded people
Thank you to the many organisations who have donated to the National Device Bank since it launched in 2022. Without your used device donations, we wouldn’t have been able to already help thousands of digitally excluded people to get access to their own device and get online.
But there’s more we need to do. We want to help the millions of people still living in digital poverty who can’t afford or access their own devices across the UK. If you have corporate devices to dispose of, donate them to the National Device Bank.
Don’t dispose of corporate IT equipment, donate it
Find out more about donating your company’s unused technology to the National Device Bank. Submit the form below and a member of our Partnerships team will get back you to schedule in an exploratory call.
You can find additional information on data security, logistics, device types and specs and more on our Device Donation FAQs for organisations.
Are you an individual looking to donate your devices?
Thanks so much for your interest. At the moment the National Device Bank only accepts large corporate donations of IT equipment. There’s some fantastic alternatives for individuals to donate their old phones, mobiles and tablets. You can find these on our Donate page.
The National Device Bank is supported by our Strategic Partners