Recycle old computer equipment, one way or another

Posted on December 4, 2007. Filed under: Hardware, recycling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[updated 2010.3.1]

Computer equipment often contains parts which should not be discarded in landfills, etc. Also, obsolete equipment (in local terms) may be quite useful elsewhere in the country or world.

  • Mygreenelectronics has resources for recycling old electronics, finding new greener electronics, and checking your cost of use for what you have.
  • Dell recycling program For a small fee, Dell will arrange pickup of up to 3 items of old computer equipment (computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, etc.), of any brand (NOT just Dell). Partnered with the National Cristina Foundation to donate to disabled and economically disadvantaged across America (tax deduction possible).
  • Hewlett Packard recycling program For a small fee, HP will arrange pickup of any brand computer equipment. “HP uses state-of-the-art facilities developed with strategic partners, as well as the alignment with selected vendors worldwide, to ensure economical and environmentally sound management of end-of-life electronics hardware. This enables us to turn unwanted products into valuable commodities that can be reused to produce new products, thus reducing the burden on the earth’s resources.”
  • Freecycle.org for Sebastian County allows you to give your old equipment away to someone nearby. This is the local chapter of the Freecycle.org site, a growing international movement to recycle usable items instead of trashing them.
  • Best Buy has recycling at its stores.  While it may charge a fee for some items, it also usually compensates with an equal store credit.  See website for details.
  • ZDNet suggests Gazelle (formerly Second Rotation) will “back electronic gadgets including cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, laptops, GPS devices, gaming consoles, camcorders, satellite radios and portable hard drives. No matter how old.”
  • MakeUseOf suggests Venjuvo to sell/recycle used smart phones, gaming consoles, MP3 players, laptops, GPS systems, digital cameras, digital camcorders and HDTVs.
  • CNet has a review of trade-in services that pay off.
  • ReConnect lets you enter your zip code to find Goodwill centers nearby that will accept old computer equipment.
  • Fried Beef’s Tech has a post on 9 ways to recycle your gadgets.  It does a comparison between services, including best payback and other kinds of benefits (charitable ones).

Even if you don’t want to use anything like these, be sure to let the local landfill know you have electronic equipment to dispose of when you take it there or put it out. It needs to be placed with the hazardous waste and not in the regular landfill.


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