Contribute your old computer equipment
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If you have an old, but still functioning
computer taking up room in your warehouse,
closet, garage or attic, consider contributing
it to Internet Accuracy Project. We have a
massive electronic database encompassing
literally hundreds of thousands of digital
text files, and welcome additional opportunities
to ensure the survival of our archives by
backing them up across multiple machines.
Since our primary focus is to bring greater
accuracy to both the Internet and reference
books in print, our PCs tend to take a
backseat to other priorities, and thus
have tendency to be a little old, and
Contributions are not limited to just computers.
We accept contributions of all old, gently-used
computer equipment. Internal and external hard
drives, internal and external DVD drives and
burners, internal and external CD-ROM drives
and burners, USB drives, peripherals,
Palm Pilots and other PDAs are all welcome.
We also welcome contributions of surplus office supplies, office furniture,
postage, and old books.
NOTE: We are not a computer recycler
that rebuilds broken, non-functioning computers.
As with most organizations accepting computers,
we ask that they be no more than 6 years old,
be Pentium-level or higher, with Windows XP
or newer, and be fully functional. Desktops,
laptops, and even Macs are welcome. Again,
your Apple Macintosh should be fully-functional,
and less than 6 years old.
Why give your old PC?
As much as 85 percent of older desktops are simply
thrown away, adding unnecessarily to often overburdened
landfills across the country, according to the National
Safety Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). This is creating a growing health hazard,
and equates to many tons of computers and other
electronic equipment filling U.S. landfills, or disposed
of in incinerators, every year. Some of this waste is
toxic (containing lead and mercury), and yet much of
it is recyclable. Of course, tons of additional toxic
materials sitting in dumps all across the country isn't
good for the environment in the long run.
The EPA reports that nearly a quarter of a billion
(250 million!) computers will become obsolete in the
next five years. Back in 2001, just 11 percent of
personal computers retired in the U.S. were recycled.
In spite of honest attempts to "go green" by many
computer users, "e-waste" -- or garbage comprised
of electronic equipment such as computers and
monitors -- continues to increase at a rate of five
to seven percent each year.
Concern for the environment notwithstanding, each used
computer dumped in a landfill is a missed opportunity
to assist our organization in our pioneering role in
improving the accuracy of the reference sources we
all rely on, both online and off.
Internet Accuracy Project is an all-volunteer
organization, and our visitors are never
charged to read our content. This means
we depend on contributions to continue
Your support also helps ensure fast, free,
reliable site access.
Thank you for your support.
Before shipping your old computer equipment
Before shipping your old computer equipment, be
certain that you've removed all your personal files
from the PC. Make certain the operating system is
intact. If you still have the original operating
system software on CD, be sure and include it.
Remember to include the accessories, if possible.
Don't forget about the keyboard, mouse, modem,
packaged CD/DVD software, original documentation
that came with the PC when it was purchased,
manuals or any of your soon-to-be-retired PC's
other accessories. Try and include the operating
system proof of license, which will help ensure
the legal transfer of the operating system. You
may contribute individual items, such as a mouse
or keyboard, or an entire system. If your computer
is more than 8 years old, it would be best to
send it to a commercial recycler. Also, if your
PC equipment is broken, we ask that it be sent
to a commercial recycler.
We greatly appreciate all contributions, and thank you
in advance for your consideration.
Shipping your old PC or computer equipment
We are not accepting computers at this time,
as our organization undergoes some changes.
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website. Alternatively, consider recommending
Internet Accuracy Project to your friends
and colleagues. Thank you in advance!
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