What We Take
Free Geek accepts nearly everything that plugs into a computer or uses electricity (including smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video game systems and any old gadget you can think of) whether or not it’s in working condition. We are happy to accept your printers (including extra ink and toner), scanners, routers, UPS, digital cameras, PDAs, cell phones, and a whole lot more! In fact, it’s almost easier to tell you what we definitely don’t accept.
Free Geek proudly participates in the Oregon E-Cycles program which offers free and convenient recycling of computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice and televisions for all Oregonians. If you have more than 7 TVs or CRT monitors to donate in one day, please call ahead to determine if we can accept the additional, monitors, or televisions for free. Also, if you will be bringing in pallet-loads of equipment (or a U-Haul full), please call ahead to set up an appointment and verify what we are able to accept.
Do you have a U-Haul full or large palletized drop-off to make? We can do that, just email us first at incoming(at)freegeek(dot)org (this email is for large or palletized donations only, other inquiries can be directed to info(at)freegeek(d0t)org) to schedule an appointment and verify what we are able to accept, so that we can serve you most efficiently and smoothly. We are a small nonprofit and can only handle so much material per week.
Free Geek has suggested monetary donation amounts for individual pieces of hardware. These funds support our volunteer programs, free classes for the community, and grants of equipment to non-profits, schools and community change organizations! As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, equipment and monetary donations to Free Geek are tax deductible.
- A/V Gizmo ($4 ea.)
- Camera ($5 ea.)
- Computers ($8 ea.)
- Laptops ($4 ea.)
- Printers ($8 ea.)
- Scanners ($5 ea.)
- LCD monitors ($5 ea.)
- Keyboards and Mice ($3 ea.)
- Networking Devices ($3 ea.)
- Fax Machines ($5 ea.)
- Telephones, including Cell Phones and Smartphones ($3 ea.)
- Stereo Components ($5 ea.)
- UPS ($8 ea.)
- Other miscellaneous gizmos ($5 ea.)
The above list isn’t exhaustive! If you have a piece of equipment and you’re wondering whether we take it, you might want to guide yourself by the list of what we don’t take below.
We DO NOT Accept:
- Smoke Detectors
- Household Appliances (including air conditioners)
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs
- non-Rechargeable or leaking Batteries (Rechargeable batteries are fine)
- Microwave Ovens
- Liquids (bottles of cleaners, solvents, inkjet refill kits etc.)
- Items with compressed air (co2 cartridges, aerosol cans etc)
- Copiers (If it did not have the capability to print from a computer or network we can’t take it.)
- Furniture (Wooden piano/organs, Smartboards/whiteboards, Tv stands)
- Boxes of plastic media (Floppy Disks, VHS tapes, Zip disks, CD Collections)
- These have no recycling value, and our staff must individually destroy them for data security reasons. We ask that donors consider disposing of these at home.
If you’d like to recycle one of the above items, visit Metro’s website to find a drop-off facility near you.
Preparing your donation for drop-off:
Please bring as little packaging and boxes as possible. Please recycle the boxes for your equipment through your curbside recycling program. We do not accept Styrofoam.
What about the software and manuals?
We are generally unable to reuse donated software due to licensing restrictions, and paper manuals rarely add value to the items we reuse. We tend to sort the paper into our curbside bins and any software we receive goes through our labor intensive data security procedures. Most plastic media and jewel cases do not currently have recycling value. While we are ready to process the small amounts of software that comes along with regular donations, in order to focus on reusing and recycling electronics, we ask that you dispose of your paper and unwanted software collections at home.
What to expect:
When you arrive we’ll take your hardware donations through the door marked “Donations Drop.” We’ve got carts and muscle to help you if you need it, just let us know. From there you be given a slip to take over to our Front Desk for processing. We’ll ask you for some donation tracking information and the suggested monetary donation. You’ll get a tax receipt plus lots of appreciation and be on your way. The whole process takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your donation.
Recycling computers is labor intensive. Doing any of the following to prepare your equipment for donation will help us speed the processing and recycling of your equipment.
- Untangle all cords and cables. Coil them up with a rubber band or twist tie.
- Attach power adapters (AC adaptors, transformers) to their associated equipment (such as powered speakers, printers or routers) as best you can.
Please do not leave donations outside of business hours or without going through our donation process with Staff. DUMPING IS ILLEGAL and puts your personal data at risk.
- Smart Phones
- Office chairs in good condition (call ahead to verify our needs and ability to accept)
- Food (snacks, juice, chocolate)
Alternately, we’re always happy to receive (tax-deductible) monetary donations! Click here to do so.