Goodwill looking for 'e-waste' donations

Posted at 2:11 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 20:24:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Have an old computer or tablet laying around? Looking to recycle a bunch of old electronics?

Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas wants all of your “e-waste” donations. 

The nonprofit has teamed up with Dell to collect e-waste, such as computers and towers, to recycle. 

Things to donate: 

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop, notebook and notebook computers
  • Monitors 
  • Scanners 
  • Hard Drives (both external and internal) 
  • Keyboards 
  • Mice 
  • Speakers 
  • Cords and Cables 
  • Ink and Tone Cartridges
  • Software 
  • Microsoft Xbox 
  • Microsoft Zune 
  • Microsoft Web cameras 

Things NOT to donate: 

  • Televisions  

“We believe it’s important to recycle all that we can to keep it out of the landfill and electronics are one of those things where they don’t degrade very quickly so if they go into a landfill they will stay there a very long time,” said Laura Ritterbush, the vice president of mission operations. 

And the program is not just helping clear landfills. The Dell Reconnect program is also providing an opportunity for Goodwill’s clients to learn works skills. 

Three times a week, the six-member CRC team meets at the Goodwill’s downtown warehouse to sort through the “e-waste” donations. They break down items and separate into appropriate piles. 

The Kansas City warehouse averages 35,000 pounds of e-waste every month. 

To donate, you can drop items off to any Goodwill store.