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.
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.