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A New Kind of Spring Cleaning

This post is written by Aleigh, @GoodwillSP, from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.

Goodwill computer donating april 2011 If you’ve caught the spring cleaning bug, you may have already dusted every surface, washed every window, scrubbed every wall and pulled together your nicely organized donation station (good job, you!).

But there’s one thing you might not have considered in your cleaning—spring cleaning your electronics. If you’ve upgraded to a shiny new laptop, cell phone, computer, printer or even DVR in the past few years, you might have wondered what to do with your old one. 

Electronics equipment contains hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and cadmium, so tossing them in the trash isn’t a good idea. (In fact, in some areas, it’s illegal to throw away computers and related equipment. Click here to see if there are recycling mandates in your area.)

Plus, having those old devices lying around collecting dust in your garage or attic isn’t the best use of storage space. So what to do?

Donate them to Goodwill!

Our Reconnect program, in partnership with Dell, allows many Goodwill organizations across the country to accept donations of equipment—any brand, any condition—including computers, monitors, keyboards, cell phones, printers, hard drives, software, and more. We safely and securely de-manufacture and help recycle your old electronics so that they don’t end up polluting the environment. That way you can feel good about helping the environment and your community at the same time. (Not to mention freeing up some of that storage space.) Win-win!

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