I was spring cleaning this year, and uncovered a dusty old computer that was just taking up space in my hall closet. I’d replaced it with a newer model three years ago, but never got around to getting rid of it.
I’d heard about the Reconnect computer recycling program through my job at Goodwill Industries International, so I visited the Reconnect web site to see what would happen to my computer after I dropped it off at my local Goodwill®.
First, I found out that they take computers in any condition. That was a big plus, since mine had a few start-up problems. At Goodwill, employees repair and resell a computer whenever possible. And if it can’t be fixed, they’ll disassemble it and recycle the parts. I felt good knowing that my old PC wouldn’t end up as e-waste in a landfill.
So I boxed up the computer and headed off to my Goodwill’s donation center. When I drove up with my computer, Goodwill employees took the computer off my hands and gave me a receipt to use next year at tax time.
I was glad I could help protect the environment this way, and at the same time help Goodwill provide good jobs and make a little money to support other programs in my community.
I’m so glad my old computer could do all that — and I’m glad to have my closet back, too!