The EPA has extensive information on the requirements and needs for disposing of computers. It is important that you refer to your local waste management rules and regulations if you are not going to recycle through one of the programs listed below.
Go to www.earth911.org and type in its search box computer or other equipment and then your zipcode. It will then refer you to a list of local businesses who will accept your equipment either for free or a nominal fee.
Both Apple and Dell will recycle your old computer (regardless of its brand) with the purchase of a new one. Staples accepts used home office electronics for a cost of $10.00 per item.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore - www.habitatnova.org , 703-360-6700, drop off working office equipment or they can pick up. Their address is 7770-G Richmond Highway, Alexandria.
The National Cristina Foundation - complete a simple form on its website at www.cristina.org and the organization will search for a request from a local nonprofit, school or public agency looking for equipment that matches your old computer, laptop or printer. Once a match is made, usually within two weeks of listing your donation, the donor and recipient can arrange for a drop-off or pickup of the equipment.
Share the Technology - www.sharetechnology.org
TechSoup - www.techsoup.org
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - www.ncadv.org
Call2Recyle, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation - drop-off sites include Best Buy, Circuit City, Lowe's, Sears, Target and other retail outlets. Go to www.call2recycle.org.
Junk Mail Reduction
www.greendimes.org: $20 a year removes you from all direct marketing lists, allows you to remove yourself from catalog lists, and plants a tree for every person that becomes a member.
www.optoutprescreen.com: The official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry web site to accept and process requests from consumers to opt-in or opt-out of firm offers of credit or insurance.
www.dmachoice.org: Direct Marketing Association charges $1 to remove your address from their lists. A person must renew every 5 years.