The WDD team joined by Rygor staff to collect the donated desktop computers

Rygor Commercials has joined forces with Wiltshire Digital Drive, a not-for-profit organisation, based local to its head office in Westbury, Wiltshire, to recycle its used IT equipment.

The equipment donated by Team Rygor will be fully refurbished by the team at Wiltshire Digital Drive and donated to local families and individuals, who would otherwise struggle to access reliable equipment. Wiltshire Digital Drive aims to bridge the digital divide, so that all young people have access to the equipment they need to succeed and achieve their educational goals, with every penny raised or piece of equipment donated going straight to young people and families most in need.

Natalie Sherman, co-director at Wiltshire Digital Drive, said: “Since forming in October 2020, we’ve been blown away by the support and generosity of the local business community. To date we have saved over 6 tonnes of digital waste from going to landfill and have helped over 2000 people get connected by providing them with their own laptop, free of charge. This donation from Rygor is very welcome and sets a healthy precedence for other businesses to follow. By working together, we can all help alleviate the current climate crisis and ensure tech has as much use and life, as possible.”

Rygor’s donation was made possible through the introduction to the initiative by Rygor’s IT consultants, Priority IT, who are also heavily involved in the community project.

Priority IT managing director, Kieran Thomas, said: “Priority IT are proud of being part of the Wiltshire Digital Drive. As a Wiltshire based IT company, being able to collect our client’s old IT kit, refurbish it and then see it re-used by a local good cause fills the team with immense pride. I would like to thank Rygor for donating their old IT kit, and also my team for spending their time collecting and refurbishing.”

“In this digital age, no young person should be disadvantaged because good quality IT equipment is too expensive”

Rygor’s head of IT, Ronnie Hinton, added: “At Rygor, we are always looking at ways to enhance our infrastructure for the benefit of our team members and customers, which means that as we introduce new systems, some of our equipment becomes surplus to requirement. Instead of resigning it to landfill, we want to do something purposeful and meaningful, so when Nathan at Priority IT mentioned this brilliant initiative, we jumped at the chance to help. In this digital age, no young person should be disadvantaged because good quality IT equipment is too expensive, and the team at Wiltshire Digital Drive is doing an amazing job making sure this doesn’t happen. Rygor will continue to donate unused equipment to this fantastic cause, and it’s great to know recycling in this way is making a tangible difference to real families in our local community.”

In addition to helping this amazing local community project, recycling equipment in this way also helps Rygor tread more lightly on the planet. The business continues to focus on ways it can be greener and more energy efficient, by investing in paperless administration systems and futureproofing its custom-designed new sites to cater to a growing electric vehicle customer- base and investing in projects such as energy-saving lighting and equipment. In addition to supplying and maintaining industry-leading electric vehicles through its Mercedes-Benz and MAXUS franchises, Rygor has also taken the plunge into an electric future itself, launching its first pair of electric mobile fleet servicing vans, earlier this year.

Rygor’s group finance director, Tim Smith, said: “Our passion for being the best in the industry doesn’t start and end with commercial vehicles and exceptional customer service. Our team lives and breathes our company values, and community spirit is an incredibly important part of this. By donating this equipment, we hope to be able to support the goals and dreams of young people across Wiltshire and the fact that we’ve also been able to reduce waste is incredibly important. We’re grateful to the team at Priority IT and Wiltshire Digital Drive for everything they do, and we’re delighted we’ve been able to be involved.”

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