This page lists Bay Area, California organizations where you can donate used computer hardware (Please Note: Global Stewards does not accept donations).
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If you are replacing your equipment, consider buying refurbished equipment whenever possible (check company websites or search for refurbished products at online stores such as Amazon). If you are buying new, Greenpeace provides a Greener Electronics guide.
If you live in Marin County, you can purchase good used computer equipment with a 90 day warranty at Renew Computers, 446 DuBois Street in San Rafael. Call first to confirm they have what you're looking for: (415) 457-8801.
Computer & Technology Resource Center
CTRC will recycle anything that you can plug into a power outlet. This includes your computer, VCR, television, copy machine, and even your microwave and toaster, but not your large appliances such as a washing machine or refrigerator. You will receive a tax write-off for computer donations. They will attempt to fix your equipment and then donate it to someone who cannot afford to buy a computer. If it cannot be reused, it will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
City: Berkeley, CA
Phone: (415) 883-1428
Computer Recycling Center (CRC)
Computer Recycling Center (CRC), founded in 1991 is, the oldest continuously operating full-service collection, reuse, and refurbishment program in the U.S.A. Working with businesses and municipalities, CRC's participation in collection and drop-off programs diverted millions of pounds of computer equipment from landfills last year. Reuse of entire units is given highest priority, followed by disassembly for reuse of parts, and finally recycling for the elements of unusable remaining items. CRC now has three locations in Northern CA.
Cities: Sunnyvale, Santa Rosa, or San Francisco, CA
Phone: (888) 887-3372
Computer Recycling Project
Collects and distributes older computers for schools, nonprofits and needy individuals in Northern California. Has a core of school volunteers who help assemble, renovate and repair donations. Picks up both Macs & PCs throughout the Bay Area. Contact: Richard Blackston, Operations Manager.
City: San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 342-2244
Goodwill Industries RECONNECT Program
RECONNECT is a comprehensive electronics recovery, reuse and environmentally responsible recycling opportunity for consumers in participating communities. RECONNECT offers FREE drop-off recycling and reuse options for unwanted electronics. Goodwill Industries and Dell partnered to create RECONNECT, a free program for consumers to reuse and responsibly recycle unwanted electronics. Simply bring in your donation to your participating local Goodwill store or Goodwill donation drop-off site. Proceeds from resale value of donations will be returned to Goodwill Industries to support their mission of creating job opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment.
Locate a Participating Goodwill: Listings
Marin Computer Resource Center
Donates used computers and related equipment to non profit organizations, school libraries, and low income families in the Marin County area. Other organizations can apply if they arrange transportation. Also distributes used computer equipment to other countries.
Street: 42 Digital Drive, Suite 3
City: Novato, CA
Phone: (415) 883-1428
Web Site: www.mcrc.org
Menlo-Atherton High School PTA Computer Donation Program
A public high school serving East Palo Alto and surrounding Peninsula communities, collects used computers, monitors and laser printers - working or not. They also accept USB flash memory drives, LCD projectors, digital cameras, and most other computer accessories and peripherals. We will erase all information off the hard drives, load them with appropriate software including free internet service, and send them home with needy students. The laser printers and most capable computers go into classrooms to replace ancient machines currently in use. Over the past 8 years, we have refurbished more than 1000 computers for our students and teachers. We also need other items such as projector systems and smart boards.
Contact: Sue Kayton
Phone: (650) 853-1711
Oakland Technology Exchange West
A project of the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute, this nonprofit school-run program finds and recycles used computers for use by students in the Oakland Public Schools. Students learn develop technical and business skills as they work in a "repair classroom" to fix machines. They earn "tech bucks" script that can be redeemed for computers to be used at home. Graduates of Tech have accumulated enough points to take 100 computers with them to college. The school has also recycled several hundred used computers for use in the classrooms. The group plans to train and place high school students in elementary and middle schools as tech aids in the classroom.
Street: 1680 14th Street
City: Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 893-4822
Email: Contact page
Web Site: www.otxwest.org
Recycle for Breast Cancer
Recycle for Breast Cancer is committed to reducing the incidence of environmentally caused breast cancer by keeping electronic waste from entering our landfills and environment.
RFBC provides a no-cost, national recycling program, so anyone, anywhere from any economic status can participate. Our mission is to prevent electronic waste and the toxic chemicals they contain from entering our landfills and the environment, to help protect the environment and support the fight against breast cancer. It is our belief by preventing these items from entering our environment by providing a recycling/reuse program we can make a difference and help reduce the incidence of environmentally caused cancer in our country.
Street: 31 Beta Court #C
City: San Ramon, CA 94583
Phone: (800) 315-9580
ReliaTech accepts all computer-related equipment for recycling and refurbishing. This includes desktop and laptop computers, keyboards, mice, monitors, printers, and accessories. What we can't refurbish we recycle in an environmentally friendly manner. We happily provide receipts for tax purposes.
We work together with The Stride Center, our sister, nonprofit training organization, to give their students hands-on experience by enabling them to perform refurbishing. We then provide the renewed computers to low-income families, students, and nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area.
We especially seek to work with companies able to donate significant numbers of late-model computers. We offer free pickup for 5 units or more.
Street: 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite G
City: San Pablo, CA 94806
Phone: (510) 236-7000
Renew Computers has two warehouse facilities centrally located near downtown San Rafael where computers are collected, sorted, and properly recycled. Computers are received on a daily basis from individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.
Much of what they receive is of high quality. This allows them to make good use of a product that would otherwise go to landfill or be scrapped. They have a staff of qualified technicians that work hard to bring these computers back to a re-useable state where they can then be recycled back to the community as reliable working systems. In 2011 Renew Computers re-used or recycled more than 750,000 pounds of electronic waste.
Street: 446 DuBois Street
City: San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 457-8801
Shelter Hill Computer Learning Center
Shelter Hill works with the HUD Neighborhood Networks program and community agencies like the Marin Computer Resource Center to make technology available to economically disadvantaged populations. The Shelter Hill Computer Learning Center provides used computer equipment, technical/job training and support to residents of a subsidized housing residential community in Mill Valley, CA.
Street: 33 Miwok Way
City: Mill Valley, CA
Phone: (415) 383-1571
More Information: Marin.org page
Silicon Valley Chapter of The World Computer Exchange
The World Computer Exchange is the largest US 501(c)(3) non-profit provider of reused computers to youth in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. What they do is collect old computers that are still in working order, refurbish them and ship them to schools and children's groups in developing countries. During the refurbishment process they load educational software that covers subjects such as math, science, and history, as well as topics such as water sanitation and agricultural skills.
City: San Jose,CA
Contact: Tran Nguyen
Source: Peter Kilkus of The Environmental Forum of Marin