Goodwill Will Take Your Old Electronics
Remember when every neighborhood had an electronics repair shop where you could trade in your old stuff or get it fixed? Nowadays, American homes and businesses dump a staggering 41 million computers, 27 million televisions, and 140 million cell phones every year, largely because we have no idea what to do with all those devices when they break down or just get old.
Most of the hardware ends up in landfills or incinerators, which turns the waste of perfectly good components into an ecological nightmare, with dangerous metals escaping into the air or seeping into groundwater. But even if your old computer is in good shape, a lot of charities and schools won’t take it because they’re already flooded with everyone else’s hand-me-down machines.
The good news is that Goodwill will now accept your electronic devices even if they’re broken. Just take a look at reconnectpartnership.com and see if any of the1,900 locations that currently support this program are convenient to you. (Some will even pick up computers, TVs, or other equipment for a small added fee.)
They’ll refurbish, resell, or break down your gear for recycling. You’ll get a tax receipt; in general, working computers are worth a $100 to $500 deduction, printers and scanners $25 to $100, and even those clunky old monitors will get you at least a $10 tax write-off.
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