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Free Geek will be closed on Tuesday, October 13 for Thanksgiving.
Additionally, the Free Geek Thrift Store will be closed on Friday, October 16 for inventory and renovations.
We apologize for any inconvenience!
Free Geek accepts nearly all computers and computer-related hardware, in almost any condition. Free of charge.
Hardware can be dropped off at the back entrance of our depot, Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. Free Geek's receiving is open until 6pm, but we reserve the right to refuse donations between 5pm and 6pm. Please do not drop off anything during closed hours.
For drop offs larger than a van's worth of gear, please call ahead so we can be ready. Our loading dock has a 41" height. Docking plate is available. We can accommodate trucks with a bed/box no longer than 23'.
* If you remove the hard drive from your computer, please place the caddy or any screw back into the case.
We no longer accept CRT monitors due to the extremely low likelihood of reuse, and for safety reasons. Therefore, please take your CRT monitors directly to one of our downstream recyclers, Encorp, at 1856 Powell Street.
You can also make our volunteers' jobs easier by:
We may be able to arrange pick ups from your site depending on where you are located and the quantities involved.
We are not able to accommodate residential pickups, and we encourage you to ask friends and family to help bring equipment to Free Geek.
Please fill out this form to request a pick-up. You will be contacted by our Warehouse Coordinator to discuss logistics.
Hard drives larger than 40GB are erased by writing two passes of random data to them. Smaller drives, and those that are no longer functional, are physically destroyed and recycled.
Removable media, including CDs and floppies, are physically destroyed.
Free Geek can provide Certificates of Data Destruction, but would like to remind people that certificates are not enough to protect you. The best way to protect sensitive data is to wipe your own drive before it leaves your possession using the DBAN utility.
As we are committed to using free and open source software, we do not re-use proprietary software donated to us. It is recycled in accordance with our software policies and proprietary licensing restrictions.
Paper/cardboard packaging and software manuals can be recycled in your mixed paper curb-side recycling bin. The portion that cannot be recycled through your curbside program can be brought to Free Geek, such as floppy diskettes and CDs. If you have manuals for specific pieces of equipment (i.e. motherboards) you are welcome to bring them with the equipment.