When I called reBoot to find out if they would accept our old computers I was surprised (shocked actually) to learn that they a charge a handling fee to take back the equipment. Wasn't I doing them a HUGE favour just by driving across the city and delivering our precious old computers in support of their lucrative recycling business? Actually, no. The patient woman who took my call helped me to see the error in my reasoning. The truth is that reBoot is doing me a HUGE favour by keeping those poison monitors out of landfill where they leach toxic materials into the soil and groundwater. Also, reBoot is providing access to jobs, technology and training for people who need it but can't afford it. My shock suddenly transformed into gratitude.
How much does it cost to drop off your equipment at reBoot? (reBoot has a pick up program too.)
- $5 - computers, printers, scanners, fax machines & all-in-ones
- $10 - servers / $15 - cathode-ray tube (CRT) monitors
- $30 - TVs, large printers & copiers
Before you donate those relics it's a good idea to erase your data from your equipment. Just deleting the data is not enough. Make sure to erase your hard drive so your info is really deleted. You can find a free program to do that at http://www.heidi.ie/.
For more information:
reBoot Canada: http://www.rebootcanada.ca/
How to Dispose of your old PC