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Reconnect Program Expands into Houston

| Wednesday March 26th, 2008 | 6 Comments

Reconnect opens in HoustonReconnect is a partnership between Dell Computer and Goodwill Industries offering consumers in participating cities a computer recycling and reuse program. Goodwills in California, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas have programs in place in many cities and regions.

The Grand Opening today of the Houston Computer Works store was the occasion to announce expansion of Reconnect into metropolitan Houston.

Computer Works will offer low cost software and hardware and house the “de-manufacturing” process for the recycling program, keeping an estimated 1.5 million pounds of computer hardware out of area landfill.

San Francisco has numerous recycling programs including Reconnect, so I am always disheartened when I see a battered printer or some other piece of hardware abandoned on the street.

Consumer education and awareness of the environmental hazards lurking inside our electronics is another key component to recycling success that Reconnect hopes to achieve throughout its growing network.


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  • Kim Fox

    Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties is a member of the Reconnect partnership with Dell. As part of the program, we refurbish and distribute computers to residents currently lacking computer access at home helping to close the digital divide. We are also are providing sustainable job skill development for our staff and clients working and learning in the program. The computers and equipment that are not able to be refurbished are recycled using a certified recycler that has passed a rigorous Dell environmental and social downstream audit.
    For a list of all our donation sites in our 3 county area where we accept computers and electronics for free, visit our website at http://www.sfgoodwill.org/LocationsDonate.aspx
    Thanks,
    Kim Fox
    Director of Environmental Business
    Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties

  • Technocycler

    While I support the idea of Reconnect I worry about data security. I wonder about how safe the data is on the disposed systems. What about hard drive erasure or asset management? There are several computer recyclers in Houston that already provide recycling services with a proven track record of security and promoting customer awareness. Technocycle.com happens to be my favorite.

  • http://www.electronicrecycling.biz/ computer recyclers

    this is a good program to prevent e-waste…

  • http://www.rmlmetals.com Mike L.

    We are a Houston electronics recycler and can appreciate more help in regards to cleaning up our city. Before this article I was not aware of this company, so I am glad to have some across it. We take in a lot of old electronics, printers, and computers. We connect and ship with China to process and refurbish many of these items which are often sold to third world countries. But with many of the changes in government regulations, China has slowed down its import/export channels which could hurt our ability to purchase and recycle these materials. Vietnam has become a quiet partner in the electronics recycling industry as they are able to refurb and process these materials at such low labor wages.

  • http://www.rmlmetals.com Mike L.

    We are a Houston electronics recycler and can appreciate more help in regards to cleaning up our city. Before this article I was not aware of this company, so I am glad to have some across it. We take in a lot of old electronics, printers, and computers. We connect and ship with China to process and refurbish many of these items which are often sold to third world countries. But with many of the changes in government regulations, China has slowed down its import/export channels which could hurt our ability to purchase and recycle these materials. Vietnam has become a quiet partner in the electronics recycling industry as they are able to refurb and process these materials at such low labor wages.

  • http://www.electrocomputerwarehouse.com/ cheap computers

    I think computer Works will offer low cost software and hardware and house the “de-manufacturing” process for the recycling program