Get some mileage out of your used computers, monitors, and TV sets—or at least make it possible for someone else to do so. You can donate old office equipment like those old electronics and tech gadgets rather than let them gather dust in a closet or add them to a landfill, Many individuals and organizations from international to local will greatly appreciate having them. Some specialize in recycling in certain fields such as education.
The World Computer Exchange works closely with more than 945 partner organizations, a consortium of 23 strategic allies, and a number of informal allies throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
This organization accepts working items only, including Intel dual core and quad core desktop and laptop computers, and AMD computers. Apple devices such as desktops and laptops under 6-years-old are accepted at their Boston chapter only.
Monitors must be flat screen monitors and only 17″, 19″, and 21″. Working tablets, cell phones, keyboards, mice, cables, power cords, parts, and scanners are also accepted.
Contact World Computer Exchange in advance to schedule a delivery time at their nearest chapter.
According to the Computers With Causes website, "Your computer donation is completely tax deductible and will make an amazing difference to families in need throughout the United States."
Whenever it's financially beneficial, Computers With Causes will repair, refurbish, and properly prepare donated property for placement into an educational environment or other cause they support. They accept laptops and desktops, as well as tablets, servers, and even printers and game consoles.
TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that offers low-cost and sometimes free software, tech services, and equipment to other tax-exempt nonprofits. TechSoup works with equipment and software providers for large-scale donations of 50 or more computers through its Refurbished Computer Initiative. For smaller donations, they suggest searching for a local Microsoft Registered Refurbisher to donate your IT products.
Computers donated to MARs are repaired and sent to nonprofits and assistance organizations throughout the world.
The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2005 dedicated to the development and enhancement of a national infrastructure for the recycling of used electronics in the United States.
NCER is a great resource for finding a local recycler in your geographic area. Enter your zip code, and NCER shows all nearby recyclers on a pop-up map.
This free directory lists thousands of donation sites and recycling centers for computers, monitors, TVs, and all types of office and electronic equipment. They also list places to donate just about anything else as well.
Search their site by donation type and enter your city, state, and zip code. Earth911 will tell you where you can drop off computers and equipment in your local area.
The Freecycle Network is a nonprofit organization, but you won't get a tax receipt for donating items through their listserv. You can feel good, however, knowing that you're helping the environment by recycling your unwanted items.
Freecycle is a free internet service that allows people to offer items they no longer need for free to others who can use them. Joining Freecycle is free, too.
Visit their website and locate the list that serves your geographic area. Be sure to read Freecycle’s rules about posting because the lists are moderated and anyone who abuses their list privileges will be banned.
Freecycle isn't limited to electronics. You can list any nonliving thing here that can legally be given away.
Goodwill Industries of Orange County collects, repairs, and then sells used computer equipment. This innovative program can take individual donations or large donations from companies that are upgrading computer systems and that might have large quantities of old computer equipment to donate.
Goodwill Industries accepts used computers, monitors, TV sets, digital cameras, printers, and other electronic equipment in any condition. They also accept empty printer cartridges. If you're an individual, you must donate in person, but Goodwill will pick up from larger businesses.
Goodwill in other localities participate in similar ventures as well.
ReConnect is another locally based organization. It's a partnership created between Dell and Goodwill NNE, which serves the northern New England area. It accepts electronics in any condition—working, not working, it makes no difference.
Depending on the item's condition, it will either be sold in a local store at a far more manageable price tag than it would bear if it were new, or Dell's Asset Recovery Service will recycle it.
In addition to computers, ReConnect also accepts webcams, Xbox and Zune game consoles, and software.
EALgreen works with corporations to transform their excess and obsolete inventory into opportunities for institutions of higher learning to obtain much-needed equipment.
EALgreen takes donated computers and equipment and exchanges these goods for scholarships within a national network of accredited colleges and universities. All scholarships are designated for students with severe financial need.
The National Cristina Foundation (NCF) can help you match office equipment and computers with nonprofit organizations. NCF focuses exclusively on helping education-related nonprofits, including schools and public agencies that use technology to train disabled individuals. They also support nonprofits and agencies that help train economically disadvantaged individuals.
Donations are limited to usable computers and office equipment. The NCF website has a link feature you can use to completely wipe your hard drive clean before you donate your computer.
Yes, Best Buy. This company has a heart, and its heart is green. It's the nation's largest retail recycler, having collected more than 2 billion pounds of "e-waste" as of June 2019.
Best Buy accepts just about any type of electronic device, regardless of its condition. Donated items need not have been purchased at a Best Buy store.
The Tax Advantage of Giving
Remember to get a tax receipt from the organization for tax purposes. Not all provide them, but ask to be sure. Don't wait for one to be offered. Then go ahead and promote your business as a "green" enterprise that's doing its part to help the environment and the population as well.