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12 March 2020

HES team up with Edinburgh Remakery to fight waste

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has teamed up with Edinburgh Remakery to give a new lease of life to obsolete IT equipment.

Staff from Historic Environment Scotland and the Edinburgh Remakery pose in front of Longmore House, HES headquarters, and an Edinburgh Remakery branded van ahead of a donation

In support of Pass it on Week, Scotland’s annual celebration of re-use, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has teamed up with Edinburgh Remakery to give a new lease of life to obsolete IT equipment.

HES are donating over 30 computer towers to the Edinburgh-based environmental social enterprise, which will be refurbished and re-used. Edinburgh Remakery donate 20% of their refurbished stock to disadvantaged groups and individuals within the local community.

The donation will save 300kg of waste and approximately 636kg CO2e - equivalent to taking four cars off the road.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: "We’re delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Remakery through this donation.

"Our new Climate Action Plan commits us to significantly reduce the waste we produce, and improve how we reycyle and re-use materials.

"Not only does this benefit the environment by lowering our carbon emissions, but there is also an important social benefit, as we are able to support local good causes, charities and initiatives by recycling resources."

Sotiris Katsimpas, Head of IT at Edinburgh Remakery, said: "This generous donation from Historic Environment Scotland will make an amazing contribution to our cause.

"We can use these donated pieces in our training programme to teach computer repair skills to young people and save electronics from going to landfill. We can also refurbish and pass this equipment on to support other charities and organisations in need.

"Donations such as these are invaluable and aid us in our mission to help others whilst also helping the environment."

Find out more about the HES Climate Action Plan here.

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