Proper Disposal of Computers

Updated: April 07, 2010

Sell Old Computer

Right off the bat, it might seem most appealing to sell your old equipment; however this is often more hassle then its worth. Equipment rapidly decreases in value, especially computers, so evaluate whether it will be worth your time to manage a proper sell before you begin. If you do decide to sell, research similar equipment on eBay and Amazon to find fair market value pricing for your used equipment. The longer you wait, the more the price will decrease.

Donate Old Computer

Donating old equipment to charitable organizations and schools can provide tax benefits that may exceed the expected value. Proper appraisal must be performed to meet the needs of IRS documentation and tax authorization.

Computers can be donated to one of the non-profit organizations listed below:

Computers for Schools

Goodwill Industries

Salvation Army

World Computer Exchange

The following organizations accept various types of office equipment and other technology related items, including but not limited to computers:

Gifts in Kind America

National Christina Foundation

Recycle Old Computer

Recycling old equipment can be difficult due to several states now requiring documentation from reputable recycling companies showing that the equipment was appropriately recycled. This is especially important when recycling computers because a color monitor contains four to five pounds of lead, which is very hazardous to the environment.

The following are two helpful organizations for recycling old equipment:

Electronic Industries Alliance lists recycling centers by state so the closest location can be found easily. This organization also provides a list of questions to ask the recycler to be sure a reputable one is being reached.

Earth's 911 includes forums to inquire about your recycling questions and needs. This site provides the locations of both donation and recycling centers. Center searches are based on the type of equipment to be disposed AND the location.

Trade In Old Computer

When planning an upgrade on old equipment take advantage of the trade in programs that most major manufacturers offer. Trading equipment can reduce the combined cost of acquiring new equipment and the responsibly of disposing old equipment.

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