Computer Recycle Initiatives

Alameda County Computer Resource Center
ACCRC 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:(510) 528-4052
Web Site:
Computer Recycling Center (CRC)
Computer Recycling Center (CRC), founded in 1991 is, the oldest continuously operating fullservice 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
Web Site:
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
E-mail: [email protected]
EmpowerNet California
EmpowerNet California is an active collaboration of successful organizations, dedicated to
helping underserved communities through IT workforce development. Founded to support
California communities crossing the digital divide, EmpowerNet offers:
 a web toolkit and resource sharing
 consulting
 EmpowerNet Academy for local organizers
Web Site:
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:60 Leveroni Court, Suite 200B
City: Novato, CA
Phone:(415) 883-1428
Fax:(415) 883-2984
Web Site:
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
Email: [email protected]
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
Street:1680 14th Street
City:Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:(510) 893-4822
Email:Contact page
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
Email:[email protected]
Web Site:
Renew Computers
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 2007 Renew Computers re-used
or recycled more than 580,000 pounds of electronic waste.
Street:446 DuBois Street
City:San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone:(415) 457-8801
Email: [email protected]
Web Site:
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: page
Silicon Valley StRUT operates from Ohlone College in Fremont, California. Silicon Valley StRUT
has implemented a systemic approach that emphasizes education and curriculum to
complement the recycling component of our program. We currently serve 20 elementary,
middle and high schools. Over the last two years, we have placed over 500 free computers,
printers and networking devices with area schools.
StRUT provides:
> Computer technology education program
> Technology resources for schools
> Materials e-waste program
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