April is Computer Recycling Month in Cuyahoga County

The following information is from Cuyahoga County’s Solid Waste District website.  Please check out the site for more details and a list of participating cities and their collection dates.

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring Recycle Your Computer Month during the months of April and August.  Residents can recycle unwanted home computer equipment at local collection events sponsored by participating cites.

Is this program successful? How much equipment was recycled in 2011?
In 2011, Cuyahoga County residents and businesses recycled over 850 tons of computer equipment.  This number includes equipment collected year-round at RET3 job corp. and city service departments.  It also includes computers collected during the District’s two Recycle Your Computer Month events in April and August.

Since the launch of our computer recycling program in August 2000, Cuyahoga County has recycled over 6,430 tons of computer equipment and their peripheral devices.  We appreciate your recycling efforts!!

What can be recycled during Recycle Your Computer Month?
Acceptable home computer equipment includes CPU’s, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, and ink printer cartridges.  Cell phones and their accessories are also accepted.

What will happen to the computers that are collected?
Computers turned in during this event will be recycled by RET3 job corp., a not-for-profit computer recycler located on the east side of Cleveland.   RET3 job corp. has partnered with OneCommunity, another local not-for-profit broadband provider that works to give students technology skills for the workplace and, in turn, drive economic development in the region.  RET3 job corp. and the OneCommunity Green Computing program have a goal of putting 50,000 computers in Northeast Ohio schools over the next five years.

What will happen to the data on my computer?
All computer hard drives received by RET3 are erased of all data using U.S. Department of Defense specifications. This secure system eradicates all the information stored on your computer and protects your confidentiality.  After the hard drive is cleaned, usable computer systems are remanufactured.  Unrepairable equipment is completely deconstructed.  If your donation does not meet school specifications, RET3 job corp. will recycle the equipment in a process that is fully compliant with EPA standards and offers a 100% no-landfill guarantee. Raw materials are sold, and profits benefit the Green Computing program.

Is there a way to clean the hard drive on my own?
RET3 job corp. offers a “How to Erase Your Hard Drive” video tutorial on their website at www.ret3.org  Just scroll to the bottom of the home page to see the video.  You can also follow the step-by-step instructions for KillDisk software on their website.  Please don’t remove the drive since that makes it more costly to refurbish the computer.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, because we use a non-profit 501(c)(3) to recycle the equipment collected during this event.  To obtain a receipt contact the Solid Waste District at (216) 443-3749 or swdinfo@cuyahogacounty.us  Please provide your name and mailing address.  A receipt will be mailed to you.

I’m not a resident of Cuyahoga County. What can I do?
Other local Solid Waste Districts hold free collection events for their residents. Contact your county for information about events going on throughout the year.

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