Article Photo Free End-of-Life Recycling for Refurbished Computers Send your old hardware from TechSoup back for free and responsible recycling August 01, 2018 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 hardware that was obtained through TechSoup the green way with our Refurbished Computers End-of-Life TakeBack Program. The refurbished computers available to nonprofits through TechSoup are built to last, but they will eventually outlive their usefulness. That's why TechSoup offers free and responsible end-of-life recycling for any refurbished hardware you've received from us. We ensure that our refurbisher partners dispose of these 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.AkoobaIf your hardware has this sticker: Follow the Akooba recycling process.BlueRange TechnologyIf your hardware has this sticker: Follow the BlueRange Technology recycling process.InterConnectionIf your hardware has this sticker: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the asset number of your hardware.InterConnection will verify that it was obtained through TechSoup and then send you a prepaid mailing label. Put the hardware in any box that will fit, pack it with newspaper or other packing materials, seal it, and mail it with the label.If your hardware has a hard drive, InterConnection will clean it of all your data and responsibly recycle it to reclaim its metals, plastic, and glass.PCs for PeopleIf your hardware has this sticker: Follow the PCs for People recycling process.R2 CertificationBlueRange Technology, InterConnection, and PCs for People are certified by the R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) Program. Akooba passes all hardware to R2-certified recyclers. 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 HardwareIf you have hardware to recycle that was not obtained through TechSoup, other R2 and e-Stewards recyclers can help you responsibly dispose of it. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.