You might think your old laptop is dead, but one Seattle-based non-profit can breathe new life into your old, worn-out, virus-ridden computer to benefit someone in need.
Before you prepare yourself for a round of E-waste or send your laptop off to a recycling center, never to be used again, InterConnection.org can intercept and refurbish worn-out computer hardware and ship off laptops to disadvantaged communities all over the world.
“As a national organization that refurbishes and ships computers and laptops worldwide, we are focused on reuse instead of recycling, and are committed to the highest standards for clean, green computer recycling and disposing of parts and peripherals,” InterConnection says on its website.
The non-profit works with recycling experts to ensure no unusable computer part ends up in a landfill. Plus, the organization is an all-around educator, from start to finish. Once an old computer is received at their Seattle facility, InterConnection educators work with volunteers for the Computer Hardware Skills Program, where anyone 18 and older can learn the ins and outs of computer hardware through a 30-hour training program. All volunteers get a computer of their own to take home.
Once the old computers are fixed, they’re sent to non-profits, including schools, libraries and community centers around the world. To date, the program has sent over 30,000 refurbished computers to 40 different countries for a low cost. Seattle-based students and low-income individuals can pick up a laptop at InterConnection’s retail storefront for $149.
You don’t have to be in Seattle to donate. You can simply send in your old computers to the donation center. If your laptop is less than seven years old and can boot up, they’ll cover the shipping cost. Businesses with many computers to donate can request a pickup. The company guarantees your data will be totally destroyed, keeping your information safe. They back it up with a $1,000,000 guarantee.
InterConnection also accepts old televisions, monitors, computer components like hard drives, software less than five years old, cell phones, printers and more.