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The Vision

We improve the lives of people with disabilities or other disadvantages through employment, training, and job placement opportunities.

The Mission

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 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.

More Information

Find out what Reconnect accepts

Visit Dell Reconnect for a complete list of acceptable items.

Find a drop-off location

Goodwill Industries has more than 25 conveniently located retail stores and donation centers throughout Northwest Ohio.

Drop off the item

And receive a tax receipt that you can use for a tax deduction.

Feel good about what you’ve done

The proceeds from your donation are all returned to Goodwill and help to support Goodwill’s important mission of putting people to work.