If you’re anything like us, you probably have an old computer (or seven) somewhere in storage that you’ll never use again. You may be hesitant to toss it in a recycling bin because of personal data that you want to save, or erase – or perhaps you just feel bad throwing it away. No worries, Brainy Beaver is here to help with some other options.
1) RECYCLE YOUR COMPUTER
If you want to get rid of your old computer, you shouldn’t just “throw it away”, but rather bring it to an appropriate place for recycling. There are official and trusted organizations that will properly dispose of, or re-purpose them. You can send your devices to any company that is a member of the “e-Steward” network, such as the World Computer Exchange or the National Cristina Foundation, and they will recycle or refurbish your old computer and donate it to be used by people in need. You can visit the e-steward website to find a location near you that accepts tech on their behalf.
*Important Note: Always remember to completely wipe the data from the computer, or destroy/remove the hard drive before recycling it if you have any sensitive or personal information! Feel free to contact Brainy Beaver anytime if you need help transferring files, or safely erasing your old data.
2) BRING IT TO A MAJOR RETAILER
Some big stores like Microsoft, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, and Apple have recycling programs set up to take your old electronics. They are supposed to work within the “e-stewards” network, but be sure to ask them at your local location before handing over your items to make sure they get recycled in a “green” manner.
3) DONATE IT TO BRAINY BEAVER!
Our clients and followers can donate their old computers, tablets, and phones to Brainy Beaver. We refurbish them for charities that can make use of them for educational purposes. We accept any devices (working or not) that are less than 5 years old (anything older should be recycled).
Devices donated to Brainy Beaver will be securely erased and wiped using military grade software, so your personal information cannot be recovered and will not fall into the wrong hands.
If you’re interested in donating technology to Brainy Beaver, feel free to contact us, and we’ll let you know where you can drop off or send your old devices.