Just because you’re moving doesn’t guarantee your computer is making the trip. If you’re ready to unload a laptop or home computer, make sure you do it in a responsible way by recycling before relocating. Since computers contain hazardous materials such as arsenic and mercury, they must be disassembled by a professional, or better yet refurbished and reused altogether.
A good place to start is with National Cristina Foundation, a nationwide clearinghouse that partners with local not-for-profit groups for computer reuse. To donate, visit www.cristina.org or call 203- 863-9100.
Part of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Assistive Technology Exchange Network (ATEN) refurbishes computers and sends them to schools throughout Illinois to help children with disabilities. For details, call 708-444-2836.
Computers for Schools is a nonprofit organization that accepts private and corporate computer donations, refurbishes the equipment, and makes them available to schools and other nonprofits. For free pickup of 10 computers or more, call 773- 545-7575.
On the last Friday of every month home users may drop off any older computer equipment they would like to have recycled responsibly at no charge to MRK Group LTD. Note: there is a 10 item limit per customer. To learn more, visit www.mrkgroupltd.com.
Dell Recycling Service will recycle any Dell product for free. Find out more at http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/dell-environment-recycling?c=us&l=en&s=corp&cs=19&redirect=1&pcatid=cr-dell-earth-recycling.
Once you’ve decided what to do with your old computer, you’re ready to find a mover. Fortunately, that choice is simple since Golan’s Moving and Storage has packed and moved thousands of satisfied Chicago-area residents and businesses for more than 20 years.