reclycleElectronics1The month of August is Cuyahoga County’s Recycle Your Computer Month. This campaign is being spearheaded by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District (District). If you have any questions with the following information, contact the District at (216) 443-3749.

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED?
Acceptable home computer equipment includes CPU’s, laptops, tablets, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, terminals, modems, cables, software, ink printer cartridges, and battery back-ups.  Cell phones and their accessories are also accepted. Click here for a full list of accepted items.

Please do not include ballasts or other hazardous wastes in with the computer recycling.

WHAT ABOUT TELEVISIONS AND OTHER ELECTRONICS?
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of Best Buy’s free year-round electronics recycling program. Best Buy accepts televisions 32″ or smaller and other electronics. For a full list of items, visit
www.bestbuy.com/recycling.

WHERE SHOULD COMPUTER EQUIPMENT BE DELIVERED?
Deliver computer equipment to
RET3 Job Corp., 1814 East 40th Street, Cleveland. The building is located between Chester and Payne Avenues in the Midtown corridor. The entrance is at the rear of the building. Call RET3 at (216) 361-9991 to schedule a drop-off Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Residents may also drop off their computer equipment at Fairview Park City Hall during the next Recycle Roundup event on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

WHY USE RET3 JOB CORP.?
There are many area businesses that offer computer recycling services. Some even provide rebates for the equipment you collect. The District continues to support RET3 job corp., a non-profit organization that has provided much needed services to Cuyahoga County since 2003. Currently, RET3 is finalizing the R2 certification process. They recycle, reuse, and refurbish 100% of the electronic equipment, cell phones, and ink jet cartridges donated to the organization. They hire employees from Cleveland neighborhoods and operate a job training program. By providing computer training and education to their staff, RET3 helps create a better local workforce.  RET3 also donates refurbished computers to local schools, which helps ensure that area students receive the technology and computer training necessary in today’s digital society.

IS A DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, only if the computer equipment is delivered to non-profit RET3 Job Corp. Residents can obtain a receipt by contacting the District at (216) 698-2265 or
swdinfo@cuyahogacounty.us. A name and mailing address must be provided and a tax receipt will be mailed. The District does not provide a value for the equipment.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE DATA ON THE COMPUTERS?
All computer hard drives received by RET3 are erased of all data via blancco Certified Data Erasure. This secure system eradicates all the information stored on the computer and protects confidentiality. RET3 has a “How to Erase your Hard Drive” tutorial on their website at www.ret3.org. Scroll to the bottom of the home page.

After the hard drive is cleaned, usable computer systems are remanufactured. Unrepairable equipment is completely deconstructed. If a donation does not meet school specifications, RET3 Job Corp. will recycle the equipment in a process that is fully compliant with EPA standards and offers a 100% no-landfill guarantee. Raw materials are sold, and profits benefit the program.