PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT ACCEPT VCR's, STEREOS, CD PLAYERS, BOOMBOXES, HOME APPLIANCES, , ANSWERING MACHINES, OFFICE EQUIPMENT, CD'S, DVD'S, FLOPPY DISKS, OR COMPUTER PACKAGING.
2) Is there any cost for donating my computer equipment?
In most cases, we accept any of the items listed above at no cost. However, certain monitors, some older equipment, and larger business donations may require a nominal fee. Please contact us with an inventory of your donation.
3) How many items may I donate?
For a drop-off event we will accept as many items as you can carry in you personal vehicle...car, SUV, or van. Larger donations and company donations are welcome and may qualify for our pickup service.
4) Will the hard drives be erased?
Yes. We utilize a disk erasure utility that is US Department of Defense 5220.22 M compliant for completeness of data destruction of the information on the disk. Once the drive has been erased in this manner it is impossible for data to be recovered from the drive. More information about disk erasure.
5) What software can I use to erase my hard drive?
All donated computers have there hard drives erased. If you would like to erase the hard drive yourself, you can do this yourself with a free utility called KillDisk (www.killdisk.com)
6) Where does my computer donation go?
Our goal is to put your equipment to the best possible use. Your donated computer is Refurbished or Reused, and the e-waste is Recycled. The PCRR network then distributes the refurbished computers to our veterans, low income, and disabled populations.
7) Can I specify where my donation goes?
Due to the refurbishing process, all the computer equipment goes through a screening, evaluation, and teardown process that makes it improbable to assign a specific destination. However, if you choose to make a financial donation to pay for a refurbished computer (a tech-scholarship), we can certainly designate the agency or recipient of your choice.
8) What is toxic in a computer?
A computer contains significant levels of hazardous wastes. In approximate descending order, these contaminants are lead, cadmium, zinc, copper, chromium, mercury, manganese, antimony, arsenic, nickel, trichloroethanes, and PCB's.
Computer leachate from TCLP testing reveals that they are classified as Characteristic Hazardous Waste and thus may be banned form landfills under federal RCRA regulations. TCLP test on computers reveals average lead concentration of greater than 100 PPM with a min. of 30 ppm. RCRA regulations limit the max. acceptable leachate levels for lead at 5 ppm. Moreover, CRT's are 20% lead oxide by weight.
EPA studies determined that before lead acid batteries were banned from landfills, consumer electronics contributed 27% of all lead in municipal solid waste. Furthermore, after lead acid batteries were removed from the waste stream, consumer electronics accounted for 75% of lead in MSW, but composed less than 1% of the waste stream. Hence, by diverting a small portion of the waste stream, landfills can accomplish significant levels of heavy metal abatement.