Free RCI End-of-Life Recycling Send your old RCI hardware back for free and responsible recycling October 03, 2016 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 hardware 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.AkoobaIf your hardware has this sticker: Follow the Akooba recycling process.InterConnectionIf your hardware has this sticker: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the asset number of the RCI hardware.InterConnection will verify that it's an RCI computer 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 CertificationInterConnection is certified by the R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) Program. Akooba and PCs for People pass 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 you acquired outside of the RCI program, 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.