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Free RCI End-of-Life Recycling

Send your old RCI equipment back for free and responsible recycling

Free RCI End of Life Recycling 
TechSoup - August 03, 2014
When your computer reaches the end of its useful life, don't just throw it away. Refurbishers recover valuable raw materials from used computers and dispose of waste in an environmentally sound fashion. Dispose of your old RCI equipment the green way by using the RCI End-of-Life TakeBack Program.

TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) computers are built to last, but they will eventually outlive their usefulness. That's why TechSoup offers free and responsible end-of-life recycling for RCI products. TechSoup ensures that our refurbisher partners dispose of RCI computers in an environmentally responsible way at no extra cost to nonprofits and libraries.

How Does TakeBack Work?

Check the sticker on the machine to see which refurbisher partner will take back your hardware.

InterConnection

If your equipment has this sticker:

InterConnection recycling sticker

Send an email to takeback@interconnection.org with the asset number of the RCI equipment.

InterConnection will verify that it's an RCI computer and then send you a prepaid mailing label. Put the equipment in any box that will fit, pack it with newspaper or other packing materials, seal it, and mail it with the label.

If your equipment has a hard drive, InterConnection will clean it of all your data and responsibly recycle it to reclaim its metals, plastic, and glass.

PCRR

If your equipment has this sticker:

PCRR recycling sticker

Follow the process PCRR describes on their recycling page.

CDI

If your equipment is from CDI, follow the process CDI describes on their recycling page.

R2 Certification

InterConnection, PCRR, and CDI are certified by the R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) Program. The U.S. EPA encourages everyone to use certified programs like this when recycling electronics.

R2 is an independent third-party certification program that ensures responsible recycling of used electronics. It requires that recyclers use best practices to process used electronics according to environmental standards. This helps minimize the impact to human health and the environment, ensure safe management of materials by downstream handlers, and require destruction of all data on used electronics.

Recycling Other Hardware

If you have equipment to recycle that you acquired outside of the RCI program, other R2 and e-Stewards recyclers can help you responsibly dispose of it.

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