Computers & E-Waste
Have an old desktop or laptop computer, printer or fax machine sitting in the basement collecting dust? What about that old stereo equipment sitting in your garage? A DVD player, PDA, or iPod that’s seen better days? What about an old microwave or vacuum cleaner? If it has a cord, we’ll take it!
Goodwill Columbus will gladly take these and many more items off your hands. What we cannot sell in our retail stores, we recycle. Your donated computers and electronics will go a long way in helping many individuals enter the workforce. Recyclable electronics donated to Goodwill are processed by individuals with disabilities and other barriers. The parts are recycled and the proceeds are used to fund programs that benefit this population.
Residential versus Commercial Donations:
Goodwill will accept your electronics donations at any retail store or Attended Donation Center. We also regularly host e-Waste Drives in many Columbus communities. Residential donations of computers are processed through a partnership we have with Dell Reconnect. Visit Dell Reconnect for more information regarding this program.
Commercial donations are processed through a network of R2 Certified vendors who recycle the various components we receive from our donors.
Vendors with an R2 certification have been authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency to collect products and dispose of in a proper way to ensure that the intellectual privacy of computers is protected and that all non-working electronic devices are recycled in an environmentally friendly way. This keeps the devices out of landfills. The hard drives are stripped of their contents, making it impossible for your protected information to end up in the wrong hands. Prior to donating your laptop or computer, it is suggested that you strip your harddrive of any information as an added precaution. Goodwill Columbus and Dell are not responsible for any data remaining on the device.
Your items may be dropped off at one of our many e-Waste collection events or at any Attended Donation Center or Retail Store.
Goodwill Columbus works with R2 certified vendors to ensure that the intellectual privacy of computers is protected and that all non-working electronic devices are recycled in an environmentally friendly way, so they won’t end up in landfills. The hard drives are stripped of their contents, making it impossible for your protected information to end up in the wrong hands.
For your convenience, we also have a Valuation Guide for Goodwill Donors to help if you decide to claim your donations on your tax return.
Dell Reconnect and Goodwill Partner on Computer Recycling Program
Dell Reconnect, a partnership with Dell and Goodwill, is a free drop-off recycling program where consumers can responsibly recycle any brand of unwanted computers or other computer equipment in any condition. Visit Dell Reconnect for more information regarding this program.