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Not exactly sure where to post this but hopefully I can get some help here.
I have 4 computers, 2 laptops, and 3 monitors that I want to dispose of. The computer purchase dates are roughly 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. They are all low end prebuilt computers that were in the $200-$300 range at purchase so I'm assuming they are worthless. The monitors are are all the big CRT ones, so I'm assuming those are also worthless. Both laptops are broken.
What is the best way to dispose of/recycle these parts for no cost to me? I'm located in Ohio, USA.
In case you were wondering, I built my current PC with an i5-9600k and RTX 2070, so I'm not just a prebuilt PC bum.
GREAT question. This question is different for every region and changes year to year.
If you just want to recycle the computers and monitors, just go to Google and type in the name of your city and the phrase computer recycling. I did that for Dayton and there were several places to recycle computers.
If you want your recycling to contribute somehow to a cause, that's a little more complicated, because a lot of cities don't have anything like that. Portland, Oregon does - FreeGeek. In Austin, Texas, Goodwill has a dedicated computer recycling and refurbishing program. In Seattle, there's Interconnection.
In Ohio, there's PCs for People. They are in Cleveland. (they are also in Minnesota, Colorado, Maryland and Missouri).
I'm not sure if Techcorps in Columbus accepts computer donations, but they might be able to give you a referral, if you are in that area.
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Hello, here in South Bend, IN we have been using Goodwill for several years to recycle all of our old computer equipment. They drop off an empty bin on wheels. When its full we call them, they pick it up and leave an empty one. You can also take smaller amounts to them and drop them off. I would call them first for exact location to deliver them. It my understanding that they work with a program through Dell, at least that was the case several years back when I inquired.
Indeed, many Goodwill shops do this! But... not all of them do. So, yes, call first.
Thanks for responding, South Bend, Indiana!
I live in Colorado and we have an electronics store called Best Buy. They used to take all computer electronics, now only take one when you buy one. But they do have a list of local companies and non-profits that except e-waste and what they charge. So if you ever go into your local electronics store, ask them at the customer service counter who does that in your area. A store called MicroCenter here in CO also does this. Might be a good place to start. You will have to pay for the CRT's. I don't know of anyone taking those for free anymore. But something you should always do is to take the hard drive out first and either pay to have it destroyed or do that your self. Google how to do that, there are many ways to accomplish this. There was a story a few years ago here in Denver that shed light on some recycler companies who were doing it with the express intent of stealing information off of hard drives of the donated computers. So protect your digital life.
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