Environmental stewardship made easy
The technology donations you make to Free Geek are tax-deductible and go right back to impacting the community and changing lives.
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 we accept
Free Geek accepts nearly everything that plugs in or uses electricity, including smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems, 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.
We don’t require a fee for our recycling service, but we do have suggested monetary donation amounts for individual pieces of hardware. These suggested amounts reflect the labor and cost estimated for screening and processing items for possible reuse.
Do you have a U-Haul or large palletized drop-off to make? Please give us a heads up at firstname.lastname@example.org to verify when we have the staff and space on-hand to handle your donation efficiently.
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!
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
To recycle any of the above items, please visit Metro’s website to find a suitable recycler near you.
Preparing your donation
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.
What to expect
When you get to Free Geek, enter through the door marked ‘Donations.’ Please let us know if you need assistance transporting equipment to our donations drop when you arrive.
We’ll take your equipment through the door marked ‘Donations Drop.’ You’ll then be given a slip to take to our Front Desk for processing.
You’ll be asked for some donation-tracking information and informed of the suggested monetary donation. Finally, you’ll receive a tax receipt for your donation. The entire process takes around 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your donation.
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.