Free Geek Vancouver

Announcement

The Free Geek Thrift Store will be closed on Friday, September 26th for maintenance.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

1820 Pandora Street (map)
Vancouver, BC
V5L 1M5
604-879-GEEK (4335)
info@freegeekvancouver.org

Public Tours

Saturdays, 4pm-5pm

Open Help Night

Wednesdays, 6pm-9pm

Hours of Operation

Volunteering:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm

Thrift Store:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm

Donations:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm*

News

Donate Old Computer Hardware

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'.

We Accept

  • Computers - working or non-working
  • LCD/LED Monitors
  • Parts of computers
  • Laptops (please attach the laptop power supply with masking tape/rubber bands if possible)
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards and Mice
  • Fax Machines
  • Modems, routers, switches
  • Motherboards and accessory cards
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
  • Computer cables
  • Cell Phones
  • Game Consoles, Cartridges and Accessories (Atari, Nintendo, Sega, etc)
  • Power bars, extension cords, phone cords, etc
  • CDs and DVDs
  • CPU/CRT combos (like iMacs)
  • Used toner cartridges (no leaking ones, please)

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:

  • Untangling cords and coiling them with rubber bands, tape, or twist-ties
  • Attaching power adapters to their associated equipment
  • Resetting phones, cameras, and other devices to factory defaults, including erasing all data

Pick-up Service

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.

Request Pick-up

We do not Accept

  • CRT monitors
  • Photocopiers
  • Telephones (We DO however accept IP phones)
  • Flash Lights
  • Electric Typewriters
  • Stereo Equipment
  • Styrofoam
  • Televisions or Remote Controls
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Copiers
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Appliances (including air conditioners)
  • Cash Registers
  • VHS tapes

Privacy & Data Destruction

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.

Certificates of Data Destruction

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.

Software and Manuals

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.