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Computers for Kids - Refurbish and Recycle Computers

John Pascoe - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Where can I recycle old computer equipment and electronics?

The Challenge:

The modern society is creating mountains of old and aging electronic equipment.  This equipment, after being shut down for the last time, inevitably piles up in our garages, basements, offices, utility rooms and ultimately resides in the landfill.  Consider this:

    • According to the EPA, only 15 to 20 percent of computers and related electronics are being recycled in the United States
    • 75% of the energy used by a computer is consumed during the manufacturing process
    • Electronics contain lead, barium, cadmium and mercury that classify the devices as a disposal hazard
    • Worldwide electronic waste is estimated at 50 million tons per year

The Opportunity:

Computers for Kids, Inc. (CFK) is a non-profit organization serving the Treasure Valley communities (Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Eagle, Kuna, Middleton, Star, etc.) with a great solution to the growing electronic waste (E- Waste).    CFK takes donations of computers, refurbishes, licenses them and then donates fully-equipped computer systems to students in grades K-12 (also extends through the second year of college).  CFK targets students by partnering with public schools with a very high percentage of students eligible for the federally subsidized free lunch program. By serving every member of the school community, they reach “low income” and "at-risk" youth together with their peers. CFK’s mission is to offer students K – 12th grade the opportunity to enhance their education through the use of technology at home.

Not all equipment can be refurbished, so CFK will recycle and then properly dispose of the remaining hazardous materials.

Get Started:

Drop off your old electronic equipment and benefit your local community. The actions you take will make a difference and will also be a tax deductible donation.

Location:  8450 W Elisa  Boise, Idaho  83709

Hours: 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday
Phone: 208-345-0346

Accepted Items:

    • Computers
    • Monitors (CRT's and LCD's)
    • Printers
    • Scanners
    • Servers
    • Laptops
    • Cords

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