Tired of wondering how to dispose of outdated computers and equipment? There is a solution!
Did you know that computer corporations offer recycling programs?
Since the implementation of new environmental laws, dumping or burning of computers and components are prohibited because components contain lead, cadmium, chromium, mercury, or flame retardants, all hazardous waste materials that can be dangerous to our environment. The computer industry is committed to recycling used equipment, otherwise known as "e-waste," for proper disposal or reuse. Consequently, Gateway helped found the Rethink Initiative in conjunction with eBay in an effort to deal with "e-waste." Member organizations include corporations, government agencies, and charitable organizations. eBay is committed to aiding consumers in selling their electronic equipment, and they provide information on member organizations.
Hewlett-Packard accepts outdated computers as trade-ins toward a new purchase, for donation to non-profit organizations, or for refurbishing and re-sell. Simply go to their website, describe your items, get a free quote on recycling services (anywhere from $13-$34 per item), package your item according to suggested instructions, and ship.
Dell offers recycling services as well on their website. Your cost includes packaging and shipping, home pickup, and recycling costs. If you purchase a new Dell desktop or notebook computer, you can select free recycling for your old computer.
Remember to erase your hard drive. Check with computer corporations on instructions for wiping your hard drive of information, or purchase software specifically for that purpose. eBay also provides information on erasing hard drives and cell phones.
Did you know that computer corporations help distribute computers and equipment to non-profit schools, organizations, and public agencies?
Hewlett-Packard's and Dell's partnership with the National Cristina Foundation provides computers to people with disabilities, students at risk, and economically disadvantaged persons. Placements of equipment are made to registered non-profit schools, organizations, and public agencies that dispense them to those in need.
To make a donation, go to HP's or Dell's website for online instructions. Note that only certain products are acceptable, and costs for shipping are the responsibility of the donor. Some corporations want operating systems left intact, especially if donating for re-use, and require software license agreements be included.
Did you know that computer corporations provide consumer incentives for donating used equipment?
There are a lot of incentives to encourage donation. For instance, donors to Dell receive a 10% coupon for software or peripheral online purchase at their Dell Home Systems Software and Peripherals website. Alternatively, donors to Hewlett-Packard will receive an e-coupon good toward the purchase of new equipment purchased at their HP Home and Home Office Store. When you purchase a new Gateway computer, Gateway will provide cash back for your old computer.
Did you know that you can recycle your old computer equipment by donating it?
Your donation to private organizations, such as the Salvation Army, provides an opportunity for others to purchase a still-working computer and equipment at a greatly reduced price. Donors will be eligible to receive a tax deduction. Or donate your equipment to a home school family or student.
Did you know that Computers for Learning (CFL) provides free computers and associated equipment to schools (including home schools) and educational non-profit organizations?
CFL serves as a clearinghouse for surplus computers and equipment, donated by government agencies and corporations. These are passed on to schools and educational non-profit organizations, including home schools!
For home school families this can mean a huge savings! Information on registration is available at their website at http://computers.fed.gov/public/aboutEligibility.asp. Just click on the link "register now" embedded in the article, and then on the right side, click on the link "Home Schools" to verify your home school and proceed with registration. Your "point of contact" will be notified when your school has been selected to receive equipment. You arrange to pick up your equipment or have it shipped.
Recycle and Donation Resources:
The Rethink Initiative on E-Bay: http://rethink.ebay.com/
National Cristina Foundation: www.cristina.org
Computers For Learning: http://computers.fed.gov/Public/aboutProg.asp
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