Electronics / Computers
Like computers, other forms of electronic waste contain hazardous materials such as:
- Brominated flame retardants
- Hexavalent chromium
These should not be thrown away with regular trash. Here are some companies you can work with to dispose of your electronics properly. Check our Turning Trash into Treasure Guide (PDF) for more information and locations all around the area that reuse and / or recycle these items.
Toxins in your computer are linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, including those listed above.
Let’s work together to ensure these hazardous materials do not end up in our landfills! Visit the national PC Disposal website for more information.
Donations for Charitable Causes
- Goodwill Industries, Inc.
557 E Michigan Avenue
Saline, MI 48176
Goodwill and Dell partnered to create RECONNECT, a statewide computer recycling, and reuse program. Simply drop off your unwanted computer or computer-related equipment, at any Goodwill store or donation center throughout the state of Michigan!
Metropolitan Detroit Computers for Schools
Collects high volumes of computers and distributes them to local schools or Nonprofits. Contact if you are looking for used computers
Synod Residential Services
TECH Horizons Program
615 S Mansfield
Synod Residential Services are "dedicated to assisting disabled adults within the Southeastern Michigan community in developing their skills in, and gaining access to, the tools of technology. They accept Pentium and higher computers.
Nonprofit Recycling and Reuse Network
A network of individual, independent, and unaffiliated nonprofit organizations linked together through this website. When you offer to donate equipment, if what you have to offer is useful to one of the participants, you will be contacted by them through the online system.
Wherever God Wills
1312 Dunham SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Youth support network serving the Grand Rapids and West Michigan areas.
Computers with Causes
Computers with causes evaluates each and every donation on a case by case basis. Whenever financially beneficial, computers with causes will repair, refurbish, and properly prepare donated property for placement into an educational environment or other cause we support. The ultimate goal is to maximize the benefit of your donations both financially and through educational purposes to the communities in which we live.
Donate for Resale
Recycle Ann Arbor ReUse Center
2420 S Industrial
Ann Arbor, MI
Donation Times: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They accept computers that are one year old or less in good working order. They do not accept computers with RAM and drives removed. They accept monitors if they are less than five years old and Flat Panel only. They do not accept printers of any kind, fax machines or typewriters.
Sell Your Computer for Material Reuse
- Michigan State Industries
Phone: 313-368-3200, ext. 1600
Please call to make and appointment
- Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station
2950 East Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
The Drop-Off Station accepts regular recyclable items, as well as a wide variety of harder-to-recycle items. $3 entry fee.
- Great Lakes Recycling Center
30700 Edison Dr
Roseville, MI 48066
They accept any electronic equipment and have a Zero Landfill Policy. For larger volumes there is a $75 minimum fee.
- GreenDisk, Inc.
Columbia, MO 65202
GreenDisk provides secured, audited disposal of intellectual property stored on electronic media and other technotrash. The resulting materials are then used to manufacture the GreenDisk branded line of office supplies.
The charge is $0.15 per pound with a minimum of $5
- Best Buy
3100 Lohr Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Accepts just about all electronics and cords in most stores, some state restrictions may apply.
Take Back Programs
Purchase a qualifying Apple computer or monitor and receive free recycling of your old computer and monitor - regardless of manufacturer.
Recycle your unwanted PC or computer electronics for a flat fee per item. If you buy a new Dell desktop or notebook and select the free recycling option at the time of purchase, they will recycle your old PC and monitor for free.
Update: Dell now offers free recycling of Dell machines without a further purchase. Dell has also partnered with the National Cristina Foundation, allowing them to offer charitable donations of machines, in addition to their recycling options.
Gateway offers cash to individuals and small businesses for their old technology with proof of purchase of a new Gateway or eMachines product. They also offer recycling services for larger businesses and institutions.
- Hewlett Packard
HP recycling services provides an easy way to recycle computer equipment, printing supplies, rechargeable batteries and other items.
Through the IBM PC Recycling Service, consumers and small businesses can recycle any manufacturer's PCs including units, monitors, printers and optional attachments. This service can be purchased without the purchase of a new machine.