As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic products, Dell has joined together with one of the oldest and most respected non-profit organizations, Goodwill Industries®, to create Dell Reconnect. This exciting program makes getting rid of old technology easy and free. Simply pack your old computer equipment into the car with other household donations and drop it off at a participating Goodwill® location where the trained staff will inspect each item and determine whether to reuse, refurbish, or recycle it.
Reuse means that a device or its components are in good working order and can be resold in a Goodwill store after it is cleaned and tested by technicians. Refurbish means that a device is in need of an upgrade or repair before resale. Whatever parts cannot be reused or refurbished will be broken down securely and recycled responsibly so that their valuable materials can be reprocessed to make new products.
All proceeds go directly to Goodwill so your donations not only keep used electronics out of landfills and provide families the ability to buy great computer products at an affordable price, but every donation helps someone in your community with disabilities or disadvantages receive work and life skills through this Dell-sponsored program.
Dell Reconnect accepts any brand of computer equipment, in any condition, at over 2,000 Goodwill locations throughout the United States. Some items may require extra preparation before you bring them in so remember to remove your personal data from hard drives or other storage media before donating to Goodwill. To find a location near you or participate in the program please visit Dell Reconnect.
Facts About the Dell Reconnect 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.
- The Dell Reconnect recycling program accepts any brand of computer equipment in any condition at participating Goodwill locations and your donation may be tax deductible. Just remember to remove your personal data from hard drives or other storage media before donating to Goodwill.
- Any equipment that cannot be refurbished or reused is safely broken down into parts, such as metals, plastics and glass that are recycled responsibly by Dell partners at locations worldwide to ensure nothing winds up in a landfill.
- Dell Reconnect has helped create jobs for people in need of work — from collecting and sorting jobs to more skilled positions — and the revenue from the recycled computer equipment supports Goodwill’s job training and employment services.
- More than 324 million pounds of computer electronics have been responsibly recycled through Goodwill since the partnership with Dell started in Texas in 2004. That’s the equivalent of more than 45 million Inspiron™ laptops – one for every person in the state of California.
- Donating one working computer to Dell Reconnect equates to 6.8 hours of job training for a Goodwill employee.
- Donors may request receipts at the time of their donation to receive tax deductions.