Goodwill-Dell Partnership Enters Eighth Year of Free Computer Recycling
This February marked the seventh anniversary of Reconnect, Goodwill’s free drop-off program to recycle unwanted computer hardware. Launched in 2008 by Dell and Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Reconnect has kept 3,048,147 pounds of used computers and computer equipment out of landfills. That is 867 tons of recycled material!
Reconnect serves people throughout Northwest Ohio by leveraging Dell’s resources and global recycling experience and the donation and retail infrastructure of Goodwill. The program helps protect the environment through responsible recycling or reuse of computer equipment and provides residents a convenient way to support Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio.
Since its inception, the program’s goal has been twofold: first to divert tons of used computers from area landfills and secondly to provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally responsible computer disposal. Because of the program, Reconnect also helps create job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other employment barriers.
Northwest Ohio was one of only a handful of Goodwill Industries participating in the program four years ago. Now Reconnect is rapidly becoming a nationwide partnership between Dell and Goodwill Industries International. Nationally, similar programs are underway in over 30 states and at 102 local Goodwills. Consumers can now drop off computers for recycling at more than 2,500 Goodwill locations nationwide.
Residents throughout Northwest Ohio can visit www.goodwillnwohio.com to locate the most convenient drop off at any of our Goodwill retail stores and donation centers. Goodwill accepts and sorts the donated computer equipment and Dell’s product recovery partner recycles and remarkets the recycled materials, such as plastics, glass and metals. All proceeds support Goodwill’s non-profit training and employment programs.