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.
Check the sticker on the machine to see which refurbisher partner will take back your hardware.
If your equipment has this sticker:
Send an email to email@example.com 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.
Follow the process PCRR describes on their recycling page.
If your equipment is from CDI, follow the process CDI describes on their recycling page.
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.
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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