Is your business or household expecting to replace their existing computers, laptops or televisions during the holidays?
Only a couple years ago there were just a handful of locations locally where you could take dysfunctional or working but obsolete electronics. Now there are organizations willing to repurpose used electronics, and a large number of facilities that will disassemble electronics here in Washington State and recycled the components.
E-Cycle Washington has information on donating working electronics to charity including tips on data security and resource pages with links to industry and non-profits and their refurbishing programs.
"Computers for Schools" rebuilds your old PC's to work like new and are then given to organizations and schools. The unusable parts are recycled. "To date our program has placed over 50,000 computers in schools, non-profit organizations and need-based homes proving that limited funding does not preclude access to technology."
According to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, companies that donate personal computers to schools qualify for an enhanced charitable deduction benefit.
To dispose of electronics that are no longer functional look up a recycling location near you on the State Department of Ecology 1-800 Recycle Hotline Database.
According to the Department of Ecology "Washington's FREE, convenient and environmentally responsible electronics recycling program has been operational since January 1, 2009. Products accepted at E-Cycle Washington drop-off sites are: computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, televisions and e-readers."