Goodwill Adds More E-Waste Recycling

Goodwill, that handy depository for out-of-fashion clothes, college-days furniture, cluttersome bric-a-bac and toys-grown-out-of, is fast becoming the go-to spot for old electronics gear. Dell and Goodwill Industries International announced that 100 of Goodwill’s donation sites have been added to the Reconnect recycling program, where you can drop off computers and related accessories for free recycling.

Dell said the new sites in Delaware, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island bring the number of Dell Reconnect collection locations across the United States and Canada to 2,200. Dell said the additional sites could “divert approximately 5 million pounds of e-waste from landfills each year.”

Computer recycling, Dell Reconnect, Goodwill

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Dell and Goodwill launched their partnership in 2004. Donated equipment that meets the program’s quality criteria is resold, and devices needing repair are either refurbished or broken down into parts to be recycled by Dell partners. Goodwill employees manage the collection and disassembly of the equipment, and Dell said the operation has created around 250 jobs. Dell publishes a list of what the program accepts, and has a handy Reconnect center locator.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

1 Comment

  • Reply December 27, 2010


    At Pyrolaser we’ve been recycling printer cartridges since 1992. We make it easy and profitable for our customers. They can send their ink-jet cartridges by mail and we collect the toner cartridges in the greater Montreal area. There are a lot of things we can do to minimize our ecological footprint. Recycling printer cartridges is a very good way of achieving that noble goal. Spread the word…

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