How to donate your used computer

Do you have an old computer laying around collecting dust?  Here are some reasons to recycle it:

  • If it’s not fast enough for you, it may be just what someone else needs to write letters, apply for jobs on the Internet, etc.: “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
  • Save the landfills from the hazardous chemicals stored in a computer by taking it to a responsible recycling facility.
  • Most of the fossil fuels and energy used by a computer are actually consumed during manufacturing.  Putting the computer back into use means more return on that initial environmental cost.

So here are some tips for passing along that old but still useful computer equipment:

1. Determine if your old computer can be reused.  Take it to your local computer repair shop to see if it can be put back into service somewhere else.
2. Recycle older and broken hardware with a responsible recycler.  We recommend Ecycling in Hudson at 715-381-5900.
3. Also include the original keyboard, mouse, other peripherals, and all original installation discs if they are still available.
4. Use disk cleaning software to remove all personal data before you donate.  We use DBAN here at QCS.
5. Keep a list of what you donated to be considered as a taxable donation.

Isaac Grover is the senior I.T. consultant at Quality Computer Services.  When he’s not enveloped in technology, he enjoys being with his family and being involved in the community.

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