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ACCESS Tech: IT Collection, Reuse, and Donation

Donate your used technology like computers, laptops or mobile devices to Hamiltonians in need. 

McMaster students and staff work with our partner, Empowerment Squared and network agencies (Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health, Munar Learning Centre, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Immigrants Working Centre, Afro Canadian Caribbean Association), to give the refurbished technology to Hamiltonians in need.

Gently used laptops, computers, and monitors are of greatest need.

Email for information about free pick up and drop off outside of event hours.  


Students at the ACCESS Tech collection event in October 2021

Have unused technology?

If you have unused computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, connect with us and consider donating it to Hamiltonians in need.

Step 1: Pickup/Drop-off

Donate used computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones by emailing to arrange a pick-up or drop-off of items on campus. 

McMaster-owned and personal technology is welcome.


Step 2: Data Sanitization

Please sanitize your device (permanently erase the data) before donating items.

If you don’t know how, let us know and the ACCESS Tech team will do it for you. 

Step 3: Refurbishing and Reuse

Usable devices are refurbished and readied to be given to Empowerment Squared, our community partner who shares the devices with Hamiltonians in need. 

All unusable technology is either upcycled by students who use the parts of the devices, or is properly recycled.


Examples of IT that can be donated include laptops, smartphones, computers and tablets.

While there is no limitation as to what technology you can donate, only the usable technology is shared with Hamiltonians in need. Unusable technology is either upcycled by students or properly recycled.

If you can sanitize your devices by permanently deleting data before donating that is appreciated.

If you don’t know how, let us know and we will do that for you.

For mobile devices, a factory reset and SIM-unlocking is required for reuse in the local community. For other devices, University Technology Services (UTS) will perform data sanitization.

Sanitization, also known as data erasure or wiping, is a secure means of erasing data on magnetic media, such as hard drives in computers. Other methods, such as reformatting or directory removal, are not sufficient to securely erase data; it will still be recoverable. Our team can help ensure your device is properly and securely sanitized.

For mobile devices – here is the process of resetting iPhones, iPads, and Androids:

Android Reset Instructions

iPhone and iPad Reset Instructions

Empowerment Squared (ES), a local non-profit organization, refurbishes and distributes the equipment we collect and sanitize. The items donated that are deemed usable are refurbished and distributed to Hamiltonian families in need.

Unusable technology is either upcycled by students to create new projects or artwork. All leftover parts are properly recycled.