Goodwill offers free computer recycling options

August 13, 2012

Computers contain a number of toxic and hazardous materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and flame retardants. Businesses and households are prohibited from discarding these materials into landfills.

If you live in the City of Madison, you can’t just leave that old computer at the curb if you want to discard it. You’ll have to pay a $10 fee for each CPU, monitor, or laptop you want to dispose of and deliver it to one of two recycling centers. Similar restrictions apply in many other municipalities.

Fortunately, there is an excellent way to recycle your computer equipment FREE.

Goodwill Industries of South Central Wisconsin has partnered with Dell to make FREE computer recycling available to area residents. You can donate any brand of equipment in any condition, plus just about anything that can be attached to a computer such as speakers, keyboards, printers, and that worn-out mouse. To find a drop-off location near you, visit the Dell Reconnect website and enter your ZIP code.

For other computer recycling options (not all of them free), check out the lists provided by the City of Madison and the Dane County Department of Public Works.

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