Monday, October 02, 2006

Recycle Old Computer and Other Electronic Products

Where Can I Donate or Recycle My Old Computer and Other Electronic Products?
Donation Programs
Recycling Programs
Manufacturer Asset Recovery, Trade-In, and Leasing Programs
Additional Data
Donation Programs
Preventing waste in the first place is usually preferable to any waste management option...including recycling. When you outgrow your computers, cell phones and other equipment, and pass them onto new users, that's reuse. Learn more about the benefits of Reusing and Donating Electronics.
Recycling and Reuse Network RRN has been recycling older computers from across America since 1994, providing low or no-cost computers, computer instruction, and technical services to organizations and individuals in need.
CompuMentorCompuMentor believes that refurbishing computers can create positive social change. A more effective computer reuse field will serve both communities in need and the environment. CompuMentor seeks to decrease the number of computers in landfills so that nonprofits, schools and low-income families can put them to good use.
Computers for Kids Computers 4 Kids helps students of all ages acquire the technology and technology skills they need to succeed in the future by providing equitable access to technology resources in homes, schools and communities.
Computers for Learning (CFL) CFL transfers excess Federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need.
Computer & Education / Computer Recycling Center (California residents only)Computers & Education reuses computers, and Computer Recycling Center promotes the highest and best re-use of computer and electronic equipment, and recycles unusable items.
Computers for Schools (CFSA) CFSA is a non-profit professional association of organizations involved in the management of refreshed (functional systems replaced by up-to-date equipment) computers and their placement into our nation’s schools and educational institutions.

Earth 911Earth 911 is a comprehensive communication medium for the environment. Earth 911 has taken environmental hotlines, web sites and other information sources nationwide, and consolidated them into one network. Once you contact the Earth 911 network, you will find community-specific information on eCycling and much more.
eBay's Rethink InitiativeOn this site you can find information, tools and solutions that make it easy to find new users for idle computers and electronics, and responsibly recycle unwanted products.
Educational Assistance Ltd. Educational Assistance Ltd. turns excess inventory, gently used equipment, services, and other donations into college scholarships for needy students.
LINCT Coalition The Learning and Information Network for Communities via Technology. The LINCT Coalition is a group of socially concerned not-for-profit organizations and businesses working together to help people bridge the social, economic, educational, and digital communications divides in their communities.
National Cristina Foundation This organization accepts donations of used computer equipment from individuals and corporations in all 50 States. In turn, NCF directs the equipment to non profit organizations, schools, and public agencies that use the equipment for training, job development, educational programs and other related projects to improve the lives of people with disabilities, students at risk, and economically disadvantaged people.
RECONNECT (California; Michigan; Austin and San Antonio, Texas residents only)RECONNECT is a comprehensive electronics recovery, reuse and environmentally responsible recycling partnership between Goodwill Industries and Dell, Inc. for consumers in participating communities.

Share the Technology This web site provides a way for donors and potential recipients to connect no matter where they are in the country. Visit their computer donation database to locate donation seekers or equipment available in your state.
Students Recycling Used Technology (StRUT)StRUT provides technology-based education for K-16 students through the process of refurbishing donated equipment for schools.
Silicon Valley StRUT
Arizona StRUT
TechSoupTechSoup has compiled a comprehensive body of information to promote computer recycling and reuse. This site provides resources for those who would like to donate hardware, those who would like to acquire recycled hardware, and refurbishers.
Tech Corps Wisconsin, Inc.Tech Corps Wisconsin, Inc. is a statewide, non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide by providing access to technology for children.
World Computer Exchange (WCE) WCE is an educational nonprofit focused on helping the world's poorest youth bridge the disturbing global divides in information, technology and understanding by giving donated computers to youth in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Cell Phones
Cingular Reuse and RecycleCingular invites consumers and business to participate in the tax deductible recycling of used wireless phones, accessories and batteries (regardless of the manufacturer or carrier) through the Cingular Reuse & Recycle Program.
CollectiveGood International CollectiveGood recycles all donated non-functioning mobile phone batteries in an environmentally responsible manner through their relationship with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, and all unusable mobile phones are disposed of in accordance with all local and national environmental standards.
ECO-CELL ECO-CELL is a cell phone recycling program for environmentally minded fundraisers.
Phones for Life Donate a used cell phone. Phones for Life endeavors to improve the quality of life among seniors and others with special needs by meeting their emergency medical access needs through wireless technology. does recycle cells phone for environmentally minded fundraisers. They pick up where they have a local coordinator, otherwise you can send your cell phones to them. They are based out of Portland Oregon
Recycle for Breast Cancer RFBC donates all the profits from its recycling efforts to support the fight against breast cancer.

RecycleWirelessPhones.orgCellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) and its member companies are committed to the goal of sustainable development and the environmentally sound management of their wireless products at end-of-life. Through its Wireless . . . The New Recyclable program, CTIA educates the public on the options available for properly recycling used wireless devices. The program seeks to promote the collection of used wireless devices and ensure that collected wireless products will be managed properly.
Sprint Project ConnectSMSprint Project ConnectSM, a wireless phone donation and recycling program, raises money and support for people with disabilities while providing an environmentally friendly way to dispose of used wireless phones. Donated wireless phones are either recycled or resold, and a portion of the net proceeds from resale benefit Easter Seals and the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.).
Wireless Foundation The CALL TO PROTECT program enables people to retire their wireless phones in a manner that will help the environment and provide phones, with matching airtime, to domestic violence agencies.
Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program HopeLine collects wireless phones that are no longer being used and the phones are either refurbished and recycled or sold. With the funds raised from the sale of the refurbished phones, Verizon Wireless purchases wireless phones and donates airtime to victims of domestic violence through human services and law enforcement agencies.

Recycling Programs
If donation for reuse or repair is no longer practical, you can send your used electronics for recycling. Electronic equipment can be recycled for recovery of metals, plastics, glass and other materials. To find a program in your community, you might want to start with your state or local government's Web site. Additional sources of information on recycling programs include:
Electronic Industries Alliance's Consumer Education Initiative The Consumer Education Initiative (CEI) is a program developed by the Environmental Issues Council of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). Its purpose is to inform consumers about recycling and reuse opportunities for used electronics.
Earth's 911 Earth 911 is a comprehensive communication medium for the environment. Earth 911 has taken environmental hotlines, web sites and other information sources nationwide, and consolidated them into one network. Once you contact the Earth 911 network, you will find community-specific information on eCycling and much more.
e-cycle St. Louis: Electronics Recycling for the Region This consumer electronics collection program has been developed by the St. Louis Regional Partnership for Electronics Recovery to encourage reuse and recycling of unwanted electronics in the St. Louis region.
eBay's Rethink InitiativeOn this site you can find information, tools and solutions that make it easy to find new users for idle computers and electronics, and responsibly recycle unwanted products.
FundingFactory FundingFactory helps educational and non-profit organizations nationwide reach their fundraising goals by collecting and recycling empty inkjet & laser cartridges and cell phones to earn points for redemption.InkRecyclers InkRecyclers keep millions of printer and toner cartridges out of landfills by remanufacturing them into replacement products. They work with all types of organizations to establish collection programs by providing free materials, shipping, handling, and reporting.
International Association of Electronics Recyclers (IAER) IAER provides a searchable directory of electronics recyclers.
iRethinkiRethink is a community recycling program that promotes environmental education and recycling. iRethink offers schools and fundraising opportunities — members recycle empty inkjet cartridges, toners, and mobile phones in exchange for funds and rewards.
PCRecyclerPC Recycler, founded in 2003, is committed to providing computer and electronic recycling services to corporations, municipalities and private institutions. They recycle 100% of the equipment they collect at their facilities in Albany, New York and Chantilly, Virginia.
www.simplerecycling offers schools and fundraising opportunities-members reycle empty inkjet cartridges and laser, plus cell phones in exchange for funds within one month of receiving eligible recycled goods. In many states there is a coordinator who will pick up recycle goods, so there is not need to ship items

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) RBRC can help you recycle portable rechargeable batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. Search for collection sites by zip code.
RECONNECT (California; Michigan; Austin and San Antonio, Texas residents only) RECONNECT is a comprehensive electronics recovery, reuse and environmentally responsible recycling partnership between Goodwill Industries and Dell, Inc. for consumers in participating communities.Top of Page
Manufacturer Asset Recovery, Trade-In, and Leasing Programs
Several manufacturers offer equipment asset recovery or end-of-life management programs, generally for corporate clients. In addition, some manufacturers offer trade-in programs that provide a rebate on new personal computers for returning your used PC. Purchasers who don't want the responsibility of dealing with end-of-life equipment, but still prefer to use the most up-to-date products, should consider leasing instead of purchasing. This option allows them to return old equipment to the vendor for upgrades or credits toward future purchases. Leasing also eliminates consumer responsibilities for proper product disposal or management because they do not own the equipment. Another option involves selecting a dealer, retailer, or manufacturer that operates a product take-back program and allows consumers to return old equipment when purchasing new products or system upgrades. Please check specific program details on the company's website.
Recycling in the US and Canada
Best Buy
Community Recycling Events
Recycling and Donation
Asset Recovery Services
In the Environment
Product Recycling (including hardware, LaserJet supplies, and Inkjet supplies)
Trade-In Program
Hewlett-Packard/Compaq Asset Recovery Services
Asset Recovery Solutions
NEC Electronics
Total Trade Program
Plug-In To eCycling Manufacturer and Retail Partners
Additional initiatives that support reuse and recycling
Additional Data
National Recycling Coalition's Electronics Recycling Initiative Made possible by the support of EPA and the U.S. Postal Service, the goal of this initiative is to promote the recovery, reuse, and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment, and to encourage the design, manufacture, and purchase of environmentally responsible electronic equipment.
National Safety Council The National Safety Council offers an electronic equipment recyclers list.


Anonymous said...

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Karen said...

thanks for the info...

Anonymous said...

Education & Fundraising
Is your school in search of a fundraiser with real educational value? According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) you are not alone. 88% of respondents indicated that they sought to include an education related fundraiser in their overall annual fundraising strategy last year.

The Educational “Green” Fundraiser
Several environmentally responsible companies now offer ‘green’ fundraisers, i.e. your school or organization raises funds by collecting a variety of environmentally “un-friendly” items such as ink-jet cartridges, cell phones and even computers. These items are then recycled and or resold thereby funding greater expansion of such programs.

Why “Green” Is Better

It’s educational.
With very little effort a “green” fundraising program can easily serve as a hands-on project for students. For example, the popular EcoPhones cellular phone & ink jet cartridge recycling fundraiser cites dozens of environmental facts that can be readily incorporated into classroom study prior to conducting the fundraiser. Examples of these facts include:

· The typical cell phones includes 8 toxic substances, which can be referenced on the periodic table.

· For each cell phone you recycle, more than 158,000 gallons of water is protected from potential toxic contamination.

· Cell phones, if buried in landfills or burned in incinerators, can release several toxins known to cause cancer and other diseases especially among children.

· 2 and ½ ounces of oil are used to make a single inkjet cartridge.

· Stacked end to end, cartridges thrown away in 2004 could circle the Earth!

It sets the right example.
Rather than selling something people often do not need or want, “green” programs provide an environmentally conscious community service. It supports the educational objectives we desire for our children.

It’s simple.
Many “green” programs require no cash handling, no burdensome administration, and no hassle with fulfilling orders. You simply collect the items, send them off to be recycled, and receive a check.

It’s profitable.
Again, using cell phone recycling as an example, estimates indicate there are more than 100 million retired cell phones gathering dust in U.S. homes and businesses, with 50 to 75 million more added each year. Today only about 5% of these are being recycled. This means there are literally tens of millions of dollars of untapped fundraising potential in our communities.

Not all “green” fundraisers are created equal.
When choosing a “green” fundraising company it is important to consider the following:

· How many schools have participated or are currently participating with the company?
· Is their program capable of being incorporated into your existing science or environmental curriculum?
· Do they have a reliable track record of prompt payment?
· Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau?
· Do they adhere to federal EPA regulations? (That is, do they have “Certificates of Destruction” of file?)

The Future Of Fundraising…Today
The NAESP survey found that fundraising offerings that possess tangible educational value, require minimal administration, are environmentally and socially responsible, foster strong school spirit and include parent participation will dominate as the fundraisers of tomorrow.

Some companies aren’t waiting for the future. They’re here now. One such company, EcoPhones, is already working with over 20,000 schools and faith-based organizations nationwide.

Here' s how it works. Students simply collect used cell phones from the more than 100 million throughout the United States. EcoPhones will pay your school up to $300 for every cell phone remitted. Upon registering you will receive 1) A proven step-by-step guide to a successful cell phone recycling fundraiser, 2) Customizable letter templates for distribution to prospective donors, 5) Tax deduction receipt forms (donor incentive), 6) Color posters to promote school awareness, and 7) Prepaid shipping labels to remit collected phones.

For more information or to register please visit, or call 1-888-Eco-Phones, i.e. (888) 326-7466.