Donate a Computer to Computer Recycling Center

CRC is THE Computer Recycling AND Computer REUSE Pioneer Since 1991

Times change, and CRC’s “recycle it all” program is now CRC’s reuse program for ONLY laptops/notebooks and ALL-IN-ONE computers. We continue to offer pickups only for these items and their components/accessories, as well as PREPAID “ship it to us” option to reduce your recycling costs and headaches.

About CRC

Computer Recycling Center™ promotes the highest and best re-use of laptops and all-in-one computers and recycles unusable items through State Permitted Recyclers to keep them out of landfills. CRC is an All-Volunteer Organization that donates computers through its not-for-profit program for use in public charity and community programs, including CASA, Health and Human Services, Veterans programs for the Disabled, and home-bound elderly.

Why Recycle Computers

  • 64% of ALL the pollution caused by a computer is from MANUFACTURING.
  • Using serviced or recycled computers extends the life and decreases additional pollution from the unit and new replacement units.
  • RE-using computers saves businesses money that can be used for other pressing issues.
  • Reuse provides savings for all businesses, government agencies, and education institutions.

We are currently accepting:

  • Apple/Mac 2015 and newer laptops
  • Apple/Mac all-in-one computers 2017 and newer
  • Windows laptops running OS 8.1 or newer
  • Windows all-in-one computers running OS 8.1 or newer
  • Quantities of working laptop parts, accessories & chargers

More Value with CRC…

WHEN YOU DO THE MATH…A reseller or asset manager may only give you pennies on the dollar, deduct for data destruction, and deduct for logistics.  We will pick up for free and destroy the data for free.  And you contribute to “a green environment” and help communities provide computers to the populations that need working computers the most. 

Convenient & Reliable

After your Pick-Up Request is submitted, will contact you within 3 business days of receiving your pick-up request to confirm receipt and to schedule your pickup.

Most business computer pickups are FREE, with absolutely zero hidden charges or fees to your business!

We Perform Data Destruction For You!

If we reuse your hard drive / SSD we will destroy your data:

  • We use disk wipe software, dedicated data destruction hardware, or the computer manufacturer’s “factory restore” option to destroy or overwrite your data.
  • For older and smaller hard drives we cannot reuse, they are physically destroyed or shredded by state-certified recycling companies that provide these services.

Supplemental Instructions:

  • If you choose to… remove the hard drive from your all-in-one computer or laptop before making your donation(s), please remove the HDD cover and tray (laptops) from your drive and put it back on the laptop, and reinsert any rails or mounting hardware, trays, or other items you removed (connectors, cables, etc).

DIY Data Destruction if you choose not to donate to CRC:

  • If you donate or recycle your computer somewhere else, WE SUGGEST YOU WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE/SSD.
    Clean Off Your Files from your hard drive / SSD.
  • The way to destroy the data is to use a software utility program that OVERWRITES your data with random data [Zero’s and One’s – 0/1].

How Data Destruction Software Works & How to Find Data Destruction Software:

  • The way data destruction software works is by “overwriting the data”. Data destruction is done by using a software utility program that completely OVERWRITES your data with random data [Zero’s and One’s – 0/1].
  • If you need Data Destruction Software, search for “data destruction software” into your internet search tool to find free one-time-use versions to run at home or in your office.

Business Computer Pick-up Information:

(Effective April 2023)

CRC Computer Recycling Center is a program of CRC Technology Lab CA.


How to Recycle Your Other Household or Business Electronics:

  • Most household electronic products without a screen (battery removed) can now be put in your (blue) recycling bin for curbside pickup. Check with your County’s Recycling Program managers to determine what options are available for you.
  • Most business electronic products can be recycled at your city or county recycling center, or landfill location.

Check your city’s or county’s online recycling resources on-line for detailed information.
For San Francisco recycling information see:

Please Recycle responsibly and correctly. Know who you recycle with!


  1. There are NO PUBLIC DROP-OFF LOCATIONS at any CRC location.
  2. We ONLY Provide Pick-ups for Businesses
    – Option #1: FREE Business Pickup (see#3 below)
    – Option #2: Prepaid Shipping (contact us to set-up shipping for your donation – also see #4 below)
  3. In-State Pick-Ups: Our BUSINESS PICK-UP PROGRAM serves The San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Area daily, and other areas of CALIFORNIA by appointment.
  4. Out-Of-State Pick-Ups: We also make pick-ups outside California. Computer Donations resulting from pick-ups outside of California will be made to organizations within the state where the pickup was made.  Please message us if you are outside California.
  5. We are an essential business that provides: Refurbishment / Repair / Data Destruction / Asset Management and Computer Removal Services.
  6. Computer Data: All the data on all DRIVE(s) within a donated computer is completely OVERWRITTEN & DESTROYED
  7. Accessing Donated Computers: If we cannot access your device, it is not usable for REuse – we will use it for parts to repair other similar products if we can. If your device has been physically destroyed (for any reason) it is not usable for REuse. Please recycle these items using your county’s recycling program. Thank you for your understanding.
  8. Donated Computer Condition: ALL donated All-in-One Computers and Laptops MUST be 100% COMPLETE.
    Fully or partially STRIPPED Computers CANNOT be REUSED in our Donation/Placement program.
  9. Unusable Donated Computers: Any donated item that WE CANNOT USE in our programs WE TAKE TO a Recycling Center in your County (NO eWaste is sold or shipped out of CA or originating state of the computer donations)
  10. Household eWaste: We do NOT take HOUSEHOLD electronics, appliances, batteries or bulbs, CRT monitors, TVs, or broken/damaged flat screens. (no eWaste)

CRC Donates Refurbished Computers

A few of our Current Reuse Partners (California-Based):

  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) working with Foster Youth and Families can request a laptop or desktop computer (quantities limited).
  • Human Services Agencies working with Disabled Home Bound Elderly, can request a desktop or laptop computer for a client (quantities limited).
  • And single computers for administrative purposes to 501c3 nonprofits.

Does Your Agency or Non-Profit Need a Refurbished Laptop or All-In-One Computer for Clients?

Our computer donations can ONLY BE REQUESTED THROUGH AGENCIES.

Please coordinate with your governing agency, administrative office, or counselor to acquire computers.

How to Request Computer Donations for Agencies & Non-Profits:

  • Please EMAIL your request to
  • Your Email Request must include a scanned and signed “request letter” on your organization’s letterhead
    • The Address to put on your letterhead for your computer request:
      c/o 10336 Loch Lomond Rd.
      PMB 105, Middletown CA 95461
  • DO NOT mail – DO NOT send money or documents.
  • Please know that there is a waiting list for donated computers.

Picking up Your Donated Computers:

  • Computer Pick-ups are in various locations by appointment.
  • If we ship you the computer(s), you will pay for packaging and shipping costs. (A shipping estimate will be prepared for you.)

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Computer Recycling Center

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