Being Charitable With Your Old and Used Electronics
When it’s out with the old and in with the new, it’s nice to know that the old is doing some good. If you donate your old electronics to charities and companies that promise to reuse them, you are helping those less fortunate and bringing essential technology to those who otherwise would not have access to it. Plus, all donations are tax-deductible and will prevent harmful products from leaking into landfills. That’s definitely something to feel good about. The next time you are thinking about how to get rid of some old electronics, keep these charities in mind:
The EAL connects companies that want to donate electronics to colleges and universities that are in need of them. The colleges and universities then create scholarships with the money they save on products. Start a donation by filling out a short questionnaire and the organization will reach out with specific instructions for your donation.
In 2014, Goodwill joined the launch of a national electronics recycling program called Responsible Recycling Leader program. In addition to giving your electronics a new home, they promise to adhere to ethical and environmentally safe recycling standards for broken or unsellable items. Find your nearest Goodwill drop-off location here.
This foundation works to connect businesses and consumers looking to recycle electronics with local organizations that are in need of technology resources. The foundation will also facilitate the donation process making it as easy as possible for both parties.
The Electronics Access Foundation is a partner of the NCA and works towards the same goals but EAF makes it even easier by offering to pick up your donation and also making sure that all devices are wiped clean of data. EAF is able to refurbish and repair electronics so that they are in the best shape to be distributed to those in need. Learn more or schedule a pick up of your devices here.