Trash to Treasure

It feels and looks good to clear out all the unnecessary stuff from your office. It’s a great start towards reclaiming your space.

To take it a step further, it feels even better to do something charitable or environmentally friendly with these items.

So many people have things to donate but aren’t sure what to do or who to call. I’ve compiled a list to help you clear the clutter responsibly.

Recycle:

  1. Earth911.com
  2. Reconnectpartnership.com (Dell-Goodwill Reconnect)

Donate:

  1. Donationtown.org
  2. Microsoft Registered Refurbishers

Sell:

  1. Gazelle.com (for used electronics)

(a fun video to learn more about gazelle.com)

Computers:

  • If your computer is less than five years old, chances are it can be reused; the lifespan of a computer is 7-8 years.
  • Consider donating newer equipment to a refurbisher. They will ensure the equipment works well and that any e-waste is disposed of properly. They will pass on ready-to-use equipment to those who need it, often at little or no cost to the recipient.
  • If your computer is more than five years old, it’s better to send it to a recycler. Recycling ensures that valuable raw materials are recovered and that any waste is disposed of responsibly.
  • Before donating or recycling your computer you’ll want to delete the hard drive. Deleting the hard drive using a disk-cleaning tool will ensure removal of all personal information.

Recommended disk-cleaning utilities:

Windows Disk-Cleaning Software:

  • Blancco Data Erasure Software
  • WipeDrive

Free Windows Disk-Cleaning Software:

  • Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser
  • Darik’s Boot and Nuke

Mac Disk-Cleaning Software:

  • Disk Utility (built-in in Mac OS X, under “Security Options”)
  • WipeDrive for Mac

Cell phones:

Keep a List of What You Donate for Your Records

If you donate to a nonprofit refurbisher or recycler, you are likely eligible for a deduction. Most can provide a tax receipt upon request. Business donors can deduct the un-depreciated value of the computer, and individuals can deduct the current market value of a computer. To determine the current price of a computer, use an evaluator tool like GadgetValue.com.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this list,
feel free to contact me and I’ll see if I can help.

diane@positiveworkspace.com

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