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Tech Drop Off

What does Free Geek accept? 

We take almost everything electronic with a very short list of items we cannot accept: major household appliances, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, vacuums, microwave ovens, smoke detectors, fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries, copiers, and bottled liquids. We are also not able to recycle large amounts of plastic (like VCR tapes and floppy disks). Please see other recyclers that take items we do not. Oregon Metro’s website is a great resource for finding a recycler.

Can you back up the data from a computer I am donating? 

Free Geek Tech Support's data backup is temporarily suspended due to limited capacity during COVID-19. Please check back with us at a later date.

When are Free Geeks' tech drop off hours?

Public Drop offs are available during limited hours, in the parking lot on the northeast side of the building at 1731 SE 10th Ave. We have collection bins set outside the warehouse entrance when we are open. Please bring your hardware donation during one of the following dates/times: Wednesday - Saturday only, 11:00am -4pm.

Can I get a receipt?

Receipts will be available by request in person, or online at

Is my data safe?

Data security is our top concern when receiving donations and we will thoroughly wipe or physically destroy any hard drives we receive.

I can't go to the Free Geek building, how else can I donate my tech?

- You can send your donation in the mail, to Free Geek Attn: Hardware Donation, 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214.

- We can Pick up your equipment (limited availability, fees apply)

Currently this works best if you can arrange for your items to be brought outside and, for larger volumes, secured onto pallets. For more details, please see our pickups page.

Or, we can wait this out together, and be there for you in the future!

Business Partnerships and ITAD Services

Is your business interested in donating your not-in-use technology to our nonprofit?

Please fill out the form at this page to find out more about how your business can help our mission!


How can I change my monthly donation?

If you've already set up a monthly donation to Free Geek and you want to change your email address, billing information, monthly donation amount, or anything else, use the link below to cancel your current monthly donation.
Once your current monthly donation is canceled, you can create a new one with your desired changes.

Click here to cancel your monthly donation.

Finding a local e-cycler

Do you have a location in my city?

If you're not in Portland, Oregon, we recommend looking at the AFTRR Map Locator or using the E-Stewards Find a Recycler tool to find your local e-cycler.  

The Free Geek Online Store

What can I buy on your eBay the store?

As Free Geek was impacted by the Covid pandemic like many other organizations and businesses, we've had to restructure the organization and have transitioned our brick and mortar store to our  online eBay store.  The Free Geek eBay Store sells computers, monitors, printers, networking equipment, stereos, other A/V equipment and much more. We also stock a variety of computer parts!

How much are your laptops?

Laptop prices vary on their capabilities and features, including size, battery life, memory and speed. 

Does the store do trades?

Sorry, we don’t perform any trades of equipment or hardware.

Plug Into Portland

Do you need an individual free computer for a student?

Please check our Plug Into Portland page to see if your student qualifies for our free computer disbursement.

How soon will you hear back after you submit your application?

You can expect an eligibility decision from a staff member within one month.



Is Free Geek currently accepting volunteers?

Yes! We are currently accepting volunteers in multiple departments and in different capacities. 


Don't see your question answered here?

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