New option for recycling computer equipment

May 21, 2008 11:29:56 AM PDT
There's now a new option for Houstonians who want to recycle their used computer equipment, rather than letting it take up space in a landfill.Goodwill Industries of Houston and Dell announced the launch of the Computer Works store and Reconnect program. Consumers in the greater Houston area now have a free recycling program for used computer equipment through Reconnect and a store to purchase gently used computer hardware and software solutions at Computer Works.

The Computer Works store is located at 12230 Westheimer. Reconnect is available to any consumer in the greater Houston area. Used computer systems and software of any brand can be dropped off at any 16 Goodwill retail store or 32 donation centers in the greater Houston area for responsible recycling.

"Goodwill Industries of Houston is very happy to begin the operational phase of our partnership with Dell," said Steve Lufburrow, Goodwill Houston's President and CEO. "Responsible recycling of e-waste is critical to our environment and we are excited to offer this program to the communities we service. We join Goodwill/Dell Reconnect partners around the country in this beneficial community effort while supporting Goodwill's mission of serving people with disadvantaged conditions."

Reconnect combines the computer recycling expertise of Dell and the infrastructure, community focus and job creation expertise of Goodwill. The program goals for the Houston area are to divert 1.5 million pounds of used computers and computer equipment from area landfills; and provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal.

"Dell wants to make computer recycling easy and free for any consumer, and Reconnect is an important program that helps make that possible," said Joe Strathmann, head of product recycling services for Dell. "Becoming the greenest technology company means partnering with communities, stakeholders and customers to help protect the Earth. Our latest Houston partnership is an excellent example of that effort in action, and brings free computer recycling to even more Texas citizens."

All revenue generated from the Reconnect recycling program and computers resold through Computer Works support Goodwill's mission of finding meaningful employment for disabled and disadvantaged community members.

The Houston Computer Works store provides an affordable retail outlet for computer hardware and software in the Houston, Texas community as well as the de-manufacturing process of computer systems. Residents can find a drop-off location at www.houstoncomputerworks.org or learn more about the Reconnect program at www.reconnectpartnership.com.


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