Does Goodwill recycle computers?

All Goodwill Store locations accept and recycle computers and peripherals. We’ll take your unwanted and/or broken computers, printers, monitors and more. Sorry, we cannot accept empty inkjet cartridges or CRT monitors with cracks or glass breaks.

What about my hard drive?

Our technicians pass background checks before they begin working on donated items, and we clean all data left on the hard drive to Department of Defense standards on any device for resell. Hard drives are destroyed on recycled items. However, we must offer this disclaimer: Dell and Goodwill Industries do not accept liability for lost or confidential data or software. You are responsible for backing up any valuable information and erasing sensitive data from the hard drive before dropping it off. If you want to completely erase the hard drive, you can find a number of free services available online.

Are you donating an Apple product?

If donating any Apple products, be sure to log in to your Apple account using your Apple ID and remove the device from your account before donating.

What will happen to my donation?

For items unable to be re-sold, repaired or sold for parts, our partnership with Dell’s Reconnect program allows us to work with zero-landfill re-Source Partners to recycle the material.

Regarding some out-of-date or broken items, we can refurbish them to be re-sold. As regards working items, we wipe hard drives to Department of Defense standards before selling them in the Cedar Rapids East Goodwill Store.

Recycle computers at Goodwill. What can't be resold in stores is responsibly recycled.

Why do I donate?

It’s a win-win. Goodwill uses the profits from your donations to help people reach their full potential through education, training and the power of work. And you’re helping the environment – in 2023, Goodwill of the Heartland kept 245,824 pounds of electronic waste out of area landfills.