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Contribute your old computer equipment

Disclaimer: Please note that neither this page, nor any other on the Internet Accuracy Project site, should be considered a solicitation to make a donation.

Internet Accuracy Project guarantees that you are, and will continue to be, free to view our content regardless of whether you can afford to make a contribution.

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books in print, our PCs tend to take a backseat to other priorities, and thus have tendency to be a little old, and out-of-date.

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 our work.

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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