WHAT HAPPENS TO A DONATED COMPUTER?
Goodwill offers free drop-off recycling and reuse options for local residents through RECONNECT. In addition, Goodwill operates a computer recycling program for businesses and governmental agencies. Once a computer is donated to Goodwill, it is evaluated by technicians to determine its usability.
Operable Computer Systems
- All systems are cleaned of stored information according to US Department of Defense specifications*.
- Newer systems or component parts are sold at select Goodwill stores.
- Older systems are de-manufactured and used to upfit other systems or sold as parts at select Goodwill stores.
- Systems that are not sold in Goodwill stores are recycled through Dell (residential donations) or Goodwill (commercial donations) to ensure nothing goes to a landfill.
Inoperable Computer Systems
- Useable parts are removed and sold at select Goodwill stores.
- Inoperable parts are sold to vendors that shred or drill the hard drive to destroy data and conduct environmentally safe disposal.
All Goodwill Industries of NW NC stores sell computer equipment (monitors, printers, keyboards, other peripherals, etc.). The following locations sell both computer equipment and refurbished CPUs:
- Asheville: 1616 Patton Avenue
- Asheville: 51 Mills Gap Road
- Hickory/Conover/Newton: 835 West Conover Blvd
- Kannapolis: 2303 Coldwater Ridge Drive
- Lexington: 251 Lowes Blvd
- Winston-Salem: 2701 University Parkway
- Winston-Salem: 2760 Peters Creek Parkway
* While Goodwill takes steps to verify erasure or destruction of data on storage devices, Goodwill assumes no responsibility for data.