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Where To Recycle Computers
As the e-waste piles up more and more people are beginning to realize the importance of recycling computers and computer related items. If you need more information on why recycling is so important, please read about it in our articles Why Recycle Computers? and Where To Donate Old Computers. If you have additional information you feel would assist us in our recycling efforts please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you already realize we must become more responsible with our electronics, then gather up your Cheap Laptops and used desktops and let's clean them up!
Nationwide Computer Recycling Locations
The following are national organizations and their recycling policies. Included is contact information where available:
About the chart:
The National Cristina Foundation
500 West Putnam Avenue
This group is number one on the list because they have partners in all 50 states, cost nothing to the donator, and are completely tax deductible. What better way to make sure your computer doesn't end up in a landfill than by not throwing it way. The National Christina Foundation provides computers to people with disabilities, at risk students and disabled persons. NCF works to ensure used computer technology is given a second life and used for developing human potential. This is a grand goal that almost anyone could get behind, and it's not hard to do. Products that the NCF are looking for are:
Hardware needing repair is considered on a case by case basis, and any software licenses available should be included in any donation.
The donation itself is made online and usually takes two weeks to complete. Once the online form is completed NCF looks for approved partners in the donator's area to connect the donated equipment too. The equipment is usually removed by the NCF partner organization, but it may be possible to arrange a drop-off. Once the equipment is picked up NCF send the donator a Donation Acknowledgement Letter for tax purposes. The letter doesn't contain the fair market value of the equipment so it is up to the donator to fill that in. Hang on to the letter and write the entire donation off. Everyone wins.
15810 Indianola Drive
Reconnect is a partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries that uses donated equipment to provide technology and training to people facing economic challenges. Specializing in individual consumer donations this group does not accept corporate donations at this time. Reconnect does not export any waste or send any environmentally sensitive material to landfills.
Reconnect accepts the following items:
There are many locations available to make donations, and they can all be seen here. Although not as widely available as the National Christina Foundation, almost all Goodwill locations are a part of Reconnect and there are over 1,900 of these so finding one shouldn't be difficult. Here is their process:
Not as simple as the National Christina Foundation but if you have a Goodwill close by it could just be a quick drive up the street.
Best Buy E-Cycle Program
P.O. Box 9312
The Best Buy E-Cycle program takes items purchased from anywhere, and every store in the United States has a kiosk dedicated to recycling electronics. As one of the world's largest electronics retailer Best Buy has the facilities to really make a difference in the fight for clean electronics disposal. The following items are accepted at Best Buy kiosks:
The products are removed from the store and consolidated at a third parties location. From there the electronics are delivered to a recycling partner. Best Buy's partners include:
The recyclers above will determine if the products can be refurbished, repaired, or recycled. In the event an item must be recycled the electronics are dismantled and the individual materials such as metal, plastic and glass are repurposed into new products. Although this process differs from item to item disposal is always handled responsibly and each partner is inspected by Best Buy. For Best Buy's specific recycling requirements please refer to their Consumer Electronics Recycling Standards.
Staples Eco Easy Program
500 Staples Drive
The Staples Eco Easy Program accepts a wider variety of products than the other programs discussed here, however there may be a fee associated with the service. Dell products and small items are recycled for free, however any other item will have a fee depending on its size. A large computer monitor or the computer itself would have a recycling fee of $10.00 to be applied to shipping and handling the item. Staples accepts:
On top of the recycling program, Staples is big into eco-friendly products that use recycled material and are produced in an environmentally friendly way. Their recycling program may be lower on the list in terms of how it works, but they care about what they sell.
Recycle Through Computer Manufacturers
One of the simplest options is to use your computer manufacturer's recycling plan. Nearly all U.S. manufacturers have recycling programs.
It should be pointed out that some manufacturers will charge small fees for this service, some will give discounts or trade-ins, and several will require you to do the packing and shipping of the equipment yourself.
Online Computer Recycling Resources
If you don't want to use a computer manufacturer's program, then there are a couple very good online resources for finding a place near you that recycles computer equipment (or e-waste) responsibly.
*Note: BAN, the Basel Action Network, only certifies electronics recyclers that have signed BAN's stewardship pledge, under which recyclers agree not to export e-waste or add it to a landfill, and to document where recycled equipment, components and materials go. Its list includes recyclers in all regions of the United States.
Companies That Offer Computer Recycling:
Below is a list of some of the major recycling companies capable of recycling computers.
Genesis Recycling (http://genesisrecycling.ca/)
IBM PC Recycling Service (http://www.ibm.com/ibm/environment/products/)
Back Thru The Future Microcomputers, Inc. (http://www.backthruthefuture.com/)
Total Reclaim (http://www.totalreclaim.com/)
United Recycling Industries (http://www.unitedrecycling.com/)
E-Tech Recycling (http://www.etechrecycling.com/)
Intercon Solutions (http://www.interconrecycling.com/)
Another matter to bear in mind when selecting a recycler is that many are not setup to accept a single computer at a time. Therefore, it is suggested that you contact your potential recycler prior to visiting to ensure that they can take in your equipment. If they can't, ask them if they know of another trustworthy recycler who can. Also, if you are looking for refurbished computer equipment or Cheap Laptops, then check with places that recycle computers as they often refurbish and resell computer equipment at very good prices.
Also, check out this very helpful Guide To Recycling Your Electronics.
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