Goodwill Industries encourages businesses and individuals to donate their new and used computers. Since 2004, Goodwill Industries and Dell, Inc. have worked together to responsibly recycle unwanted electronics at no cost to the public. To date, the Reconnect partnership has collected more than 96 million pounds of electronics.
Simply take your unwanted electronics — any brand, any condition — to a participating Goodwill store or donation drop-off site. Goodwill will refurbish or recycle the equipment, benefiting communities and putting people to work. There is a list of accepted items on their site http://reconnectpartnership.com/items.php
In its sixth year, the Reconnect partnership is expanding its reach across the United States, allowing more people to keep their electronics out of landfills. As of April 2010, over 1,900 Goodwill locations were participating in the Reconnect partnership.
To make the donation process a smooth one and — most importantly — protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, Goodwill recommends you remove all data from your computer hard drive before donating a computer, with the exception of the operating system. To find out if there is a Goodwill near you that accepts computer equipment go to http://reconnectpartnership.com/locations.php
The new large Goodwill in South Portland near the Maine Mall is one of the locations that accepts computer equipment. I have a printer I will be dropping off this week.