By: Nancy Webster | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2009
Nancy Webster, director of community relations for Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, hands computer equipment to donation attendant Rodney Campbell. Goodwill and Dell have partnered with Reconnect, a free computer recycling program.
Dell and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa have partnered with Reconnect, a no-charge computer recycling program for consumers. The program is intended to raise awareness of the importance of responsible computer disposal and give residents a free and convenient way to do the right thing with their unwanted computer equipment.
Reconnect is managed by Dell and Goodwill Industries. The program offers more than 1,400 drop-off locations for consumers throughout the United States. Oklahoma is one of seven states recently added to the list of 18 states participating in their program. Goodwill Industries of Tulsa’s 21 donation sites are participating drop-off locations. All proceeds of value recovered from the recycled computer equipment go to Goodwill to support job training and employment service programs.
“We believe it should be as easy to recycle a computer as it is to purchase one,” said Mike Watson, senior manager of Dell Global Recycling Services. “Our partnership with Goodwill makes recycling incredibly convenient for consumers. That it helps create jobs and preserve our planet at the same time makes the program a win all the way around.”
Jim Gibbons, president and CEO for Goodwill Industries International, said, “The Dell-Reconnect partnership with Goodwill is a great model for the technology industry. The partnership has not only allowed us to responsibly recycle and divert more than 50 million pounds of electronic equipment from the landfills, but also create green-collar jobs and skills training at a time when both are very much needed.”
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa will gladly accept donations of computer equipment at any of their 21 donation sites. For a complete list of locations and hours, visit their website at www.goodwilltulsa.org or call (918) 581-1200. For a list of participating Goodwill locations across the United States, visit www.reconnectpartnership.com.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa provides work opportunities, job training and support services for people with disabilities or other employment barriers. Their motto is, “People working, lives improved.”
For additional information, contact Nancy Webster, director of community relations for Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, at (918) 584-7291.