Drop Off Old Computer Parts at Goodwill

Do you have old computer parts sitting around? Broken printers, dead hard drives, extra cables, heavy old monitors?

You might be able to drop them off at Goodwill.

Goodwill and Dell have partnered to launch Reconnect. It’s a service for consumers to donate or recycle any brand of computer equipment in any condition for free. They also accept almost anything that can be connected to a computer. See the full list of what they accept.

What started in Austin, Texas in 2004 has expanded to 2,000 locations, and they are working to make the program available nationwide.

Find out if there is a drop-off location near you.

As they say on the website:

Your donated equipment has value—sometimes as a whole system, sometimes as parts, and sometimes as raw materials such as metals, plastics and glass. The proceeds from your donation are all returned to Goodwill and help to support Goodwill’s important mission of putting people to work. You’ll get a receipt for tax purposes, plus you’ll be helping to protect the environment and benefit your community at the same time!

One characteristic to note is that Reconnect does not export waste to developing nations.

If there is not a location close to you, here are other programs and retailers who accept computers, mobile phones, and other electronics, sometimes for free and sometimes for a small fee.

I think we have a few extra USB cables around here. Do you have old computer parts too?
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Comments

  1. Jackie@Lilolu says:

    This is great to know. I do have a bunch of computer parts I need to get rid of. I hope many people take advantage of this program since 70% of all toxic waste is from electronics. http://earth911.com/recycling/electronics/e-waste-harmful-materials/

    You can also send all tattered clothes to have the fibers recycled at some locations. Here’s the link: http://naturecanopy.typepad.com/lilolu/2010/05/keeping-clothes-out-of-landfills.html

  2. Perfect! we have some stuff hanging out in our basement that I’d love to get rid of. And there are drop offs in our area.

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  3. This is really good to know, Rachel!

    I always have a pang of guilt when I wonder what to do with old technology–things go out of dates so quickly…

    Thanks for passing this along,

    Jamie

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this Rachel! We have so many old monitors, printers, etc. sitting around our office. There hasn’t been a really easy way to get rid of them, so my boss has procrastinated on it. But now I know there is a Goodwill location that will take them and it’s barely a mile from our office. Wonderful information to have!

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  5. Be sure to erase all information from your hard drive first!

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  6. Rachel,

    This is good idea, there is another non profit (name escapes me right now) that takes old computer and electronics and fixes it to use it in African schools where they would not normally have computer otherwise.

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  7. I have done this! super easy, just drop it off. I feel great when my stuff doesn’t end up in a landfill.

  8. Good to know!

    For less-altruistic people (or people trying to get out of debt asap like us), there’s Gazelle.com where you can sell your old stuff for a small profit. They took my old laptop that wouldn’t even turn on and paid me $75 for it, plus they handled the S&H! Every little bit helps!

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  9. This is such a relief! I hate it when this stuff ends up in landfills. Goodwill is everywhere-no more excuses people. Do the right thing. Thanks Rachel! I’m getting ready to move and I will be simplifying AGAIN…including a printer and a scanner.

  10. I have a very old fax machine and a printer that don’t work any more just sitting in my garage taking up space. Thanks for giving me some motivation to do something with them!

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  12. For anyone in Australia, the local Councils run a weekend drop off three or four times a year… check the local community papers. :)

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  13. I would also point out that if you don’t have a Goodwill that Best Buy has a recycling program for small appliances. There is more information on their website. But recycling your electronics is SO much better than just throwing them out. They aren’t biodegradable… it’s better to give them to someone who can dispose of it properly or recycle it than just throw it in the trash.

    And yes. I have a TON of cables. My husband works in IT, I don’t even know what half of ours are for.

  14. Thank you thank you…. I have three computers that are sitting in a closet because I didn’t know what to do with them or where to take them… this post has certainly helped with that. I can take them to the local goodwill and clear out a closet! So win win!

    Thank you again.. this is a great blog and I have already put it in my reader so that I don’t miss any more of your wonderful posts!

  15. I just happened upon your blog and found this post which is so timely. We cleaned out my husband’s office yesterday and I have lots of “tech” stuff that I was going to have to drive much further than my local Goodwill to recycle, plus pay a fee. Thank you so much for this info!!

  16. lets go recycling!
    I got plenty of this kind but just dumped it to a green recycling foundation.

    this is a good move!
    thanks! more power.

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