What Are Some Options for Getting Rid of an Old Computer?


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Get rid of an old computer by donating it to an organization that refurbishes and resells old computers, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, or sell it to a business that buys metal or electronic scrap. Find a donation center at Goodwill.org or SalvationArmyUSA.org and find a local scrap buyer at YellowPages.com.

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To find a Goodwill near you, click the Donate and Search tab near the top right of the main page at Goodwill.org. Click the Donation Site check box near the top of the page, type your ZIP code in the Enter Location search box, and then click Find to display a nearby location and its hours of operation.

To find a Salvation Army location, type your ZIP code in the ZIP or City, State Search box near the top right of the main page at SalvationArmyUSA.org, and then click the search icon to display nearby locations.

At YellowPages.com, type "scrap metal" or "electronic scrap" in the first search box on the main page, type your ZIP code or city and state in the second box, and then click the search icon to display a listing. Typically, buyers of electronic scrap pay scrap iron prices for assembled computers; disassemble it to earn more.

Do not dispose of an old computer in a landfill. Computers contain many elements and chemicals harmful to the environment, such as arsenic and other toxic heavy metals. Disposing of a computer in a landfill is illegal in some states.

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