5 Reasons to Donate Your Computer
So you brought home a brand new computer, and now you have to figure out what to do with the old one. You can try to sell it, but probably won’t get much for it. You could trash it, but do you really want it to end up in a landfill? Maybe you will store it in your garage, but that would be a waste of space.
Your best bet is to donate your computer. If you take your old computer to a certified computer reuse center, they will probably be able to help you wipe all of your personal information off for you.
Still not convinced that you should donate your old computer? Maybe the following five reasons to donate will convince you that it is your best choice.
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Tax Write Off
Your donation will be tax deductible. Not only will you be doing a good thing by donating the computer to a reuse center, but you will get some payback when tax time rolls around. When you drop your computer off, simply be sure to ask for a tax slip—a certified center will be able to provide you with one.
Donating your computer instead of throwing it away will help reduce waste. When computers end up crushed in landfills, they leak toxic metals like lead and mercury. Reduce environmental hazards by doing a green thing: donate your computer instead of throwing it away.
A certified reuse center will be able to refurbish your donated computer so it can be reused by someone else. Even though your needs required you to purchase a new computer, the machine probably has a lot of life left in it (with the proper refurbishment). By donating it, you are extending the life of the computer. Rather than discard the computer, pass it on to an organization that can put it to good use.
Even if your computer doesn’t qualify for refurbishment, a certified reuse center will either be able to safely recycle it for you, or refer you to a reputable recycling center. A good electronics recycling center will guarantee that the computer will not be exported or dumped in regular landfills in the United States or overseas. Computers contain hazardous materials, so they need to be properly and safely recycled.
Most certified reuse centers aren’t turning a profit by refurbishing donated computers. Instead, they provide the computers to non-profit organizations or low-income families in need. When you donate your computer, you will be helping others. These centers make sure the computers are Internet ready, as well as specifically configured for non-profit or community organizations.
What are you waiting for? Go donate your old computer today.
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