Interested in donating your technology to Free Geek?
The EPA estimates that only 27% of e-waste is recycled nationally. E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70% of overall toxic waste. A large number of what is labeled as "e-waste" is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery. So what if we repaired and reused these devices, in order to keep our community connected while keeping e-waste out of landfills?
This is why Free Geek was founded- to create a sustainable way for e-waste to be refurbished and recycled, while getting tech into the hands of those who don't currently have digital access.
*Free Geek is continuing to pursue our mission by providing computers to those in need and with the increase we see in this need, we ask that you please provide us with your reusable laptops (laptops that are still able to be refurbished and redistributed to the community). These devices are the most essential to our work while teleschooling, telehealth, internet communications and more become the mainstream instead of in person interaction.
Public drop offs of technology donation are welcomed Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00 in the parking lot on the northeast side of our building.
How can you currently donate tech to Free Geek?
For hardware donations we offer the following options:
Public Drop offs (limited hours and quantity) In the parking lot on the northeast side of our building. We are accepting donations (during limited hours) at our facility (1731 SE 10th Avenue). We will have collection bins set outside the warehouse entrance. Please be prepared to unload your own vehicle and form a line if needed. For the safety of our community, we ask that you wear a face covering and maintain a 6-foot distance from staff and other donors at all times. Staff will be available just inside (or at the open warehouse door). Please bring your hardware donation during one of the following dates/times:
- Wednesday - Saturday only, 11:00-1:00 and 3:00-5:00
Receipts will be available by request in person, or online at receipt.freegeek.org
- Drop off by appointment for twenty (20) or more computers, or more than a carload.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you have and when you would like to bring it by.
Availability may be limited, but we will work to accommodate your need
- You can mail your donation to
- Free Geek Attn:Hardware Donation, 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.
- We can pick up your equipment ( fees apply)
- Currently this works best if can arrange for your items can be brought outside and, for larger volumes, secured onto pallets.
- For more details see our pickups page.
For your security:
Please do not drop off donations outside of normal business hours, or without going through our donation procedure with Free Geek Staff. “Dumping” puts your personal data at risk and is illegal.
What is our data destruction process?
On top of our commitment to sustainable reuse of technology, we are fully dedicated to maintaining the security of your data. We take the utmost care to ensure complete data destruction on every single data-bearing device we receive.
Learn more about our data security process.
What does Free Geek accept?
Free Geek accepts nearly everything that plugs in or uses electricity, including computers, smartphones, tablets, printers, TVs, Audio/video systems, related accessories, and much more. We are also a proud participant of the Oregon E-Cycles program, which guarantees convenient recycling of computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards, and mice for Oregonians and many small businesses.
While we do take most electronics, there are some things we don’t accept.
What we don’t accept
- Plastic media such as floppy disks, VHS tapes, zip disks, rewritable CD/DVDs
- Fluorescent light bulbs
- Non-rechargeable or leaking batteries (we do accept rechargeable)
- Copiers lacking the ability to print from a computer or network
- Compressed air items such as CO2 cartridges, aerosol cans, etc.
- Liquids such as cleaners, solvents, inkjet refill kits, etc.
- Moldy, sticky or smelly items (volunteers will be handling your donation)
- Household appliances, including:
- Air conditioners
- Smoke detectors
- Microwave ovens
- Biohazards / medical equipment
- Items infested with insects or vermin droppings
- Blood testing supplies or equipment
- Items potentially contaminated with saliva and other bodily fluids (toothbrush heads etc.)
- Furniture, including:
- Wooden pianos and organs
- Smartboards and whiteboards
- TV stands
Is there a fee with donation?
We don’t require a fee for our recycling service, but we do invite donors to consider making an optional monetary donation to support our work toward bridging the digital divide in our community by providing free devices.
Do you have a U-Haul or large palletized drop-off to make?
Please give us a heads up at email@example.com to verify when we have the staff and space on-hand to handle your donation efficiently.
Do you need us to pick up your donation?
For a flat rate, we provide pick-up services for businesses, nonprofits, and residential customers in the Portland metro area. Schedule your pick-up today by clicking here!
How should you prepare your donation for us?
Packaging and extras
Please bring as little packaging as possible and recycle any additional equipment boxes through your curbside recycling program.
In order for Free Geek to focus its efforts on electronic reuse and recycling, we ask that you dispose of your paper manuals and software collections at home. Due to licensing restrictions, we are generally unable to reuse donated software; our security protocol requires us to route these disks through our intensive data security process, so these donations take valuable time away from activities that support our mission. In addition, because of their low reuse value, paper manuals are typically sorted into curbside bins.
You can help speed up the processing and recycling of your equipment by:
- Untangling all cords and cables and coiling them up with a rubber band or twist tie.
- Attaching power adapters to their associated equipment
Turn Off Activation Lock for Mobile Devices
If you would like your device to be reused it is critical to turn off the activation lock. Even if your device is damaged, it may be worth repairing as long as it is not locked. If you have an Apple (iOS) device, please follow these instructions to prepare it for reuse.