The Recycle Bin
by Stan Wallner, Vice President , CFCS
Stan, a CFCS member since 1984, has served in many offices over the years, and is now Vice President Separately, he is a local IT consultant, “PC Doctors Make House Calls," offering his services on-site, at your office or home, for PC and Laptop Upgrades, WiFi, Networks, Virus & Spyware Removal, and Troubleshootingon both hardware & software, at reasonable rates (with discounts for CFCS members!). You can reach him at smwallner@-gmail.com or by phone at 407-862-2669.
This is a MOST important issue regarding our environment, and can't be over-emphasized! It is an area that is changing frequently. It will be on the CFCS Website if it is not in the BUSSLINE. It will be here when there are changes, so please do read carefully. So, here is are the places I suggest you consider for the various types of items listed, which I have sorted into two categories
Category "A" - Primarily For Monitors, Printers, Scanners that still work, and PC's that work or are repairable, with exceptions as noted:
1) Missionary Computer Fellowship; MCF
We'd been told last year that they were shutting down, but they didn't. They are still rebuilding PC's, sending over 40,000 overseas over the years, and also providing them to local people in need:
What we need:
- Volunteers to work on computers. No experience needed - we will train you!
- Pentium IV computers or faster. They don't have to work. We can fix them.
- Monitors less than 10 years old, especially flat screens. They need to work. We don't fix monitors.
- Currently working printers and scanners.
- Any Windows operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 8.
- Mice, keyboards and speakers and video, network and sound cards.
- Hard Drives greater than 40 GB (We will SECURELY CLEAN all HDs)
- CD/RW and DVD/RW Drives
- Memory DDR2 & 3, 256 MB or above
- Microsoft Office software
- Cash (any denomination!)
How can we help you?
Are you a missionary or involved in a mission? Are you a church group or a non-profit? Could you use a computer system or repair of an existing computer system? If so, please call (407-422-9265) or email us- ( email@example.com ) . Donations can be brought directly to us at 725 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32805, Tuesday or Thursday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). This is west of I-4, near North Parramore Ave and West Washington Street.
2) Southeastern Data - NOW AT 111 Highline Drive, Longwood, FL, (Off of Rt. 434 a bit East of Rangeline Drive), Phone 407-971-4654.
They've been very helpful in allowing CFCS members to drop off most recyclables with no service charge for quite some t ime; which is greatly appreciated! They offer free recycling with the exception of monitors and terminals with cathode ray tubes, CRTs and terminals which are $3.00 each. TVs with cathode ray tubes need to be evaluated, but most are $0.60/lb. Displays with LCD/LED screens are accepted at no charge and most likely can be purchased, working or not. You can come by anytime, but a heads up call would be appreciated for large loads.
SEData is also a great place to pick up parts, accessories, and Refurbished PC's! They accept trade-ins against purchases and they will even outright purchase your components. Their hours are 8:00 am til 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. They are ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified and offer shredding of hard drives, tapes, optical media, cell phones and small electronics at their facility and on site. And, since they will also accept items that DO NOT work, they do truly fit in both Category “A” AND “B!!”
3) Orlando Recycles, Inc.
They are at located at 5014 Forsyth Commerce Road, #4, Orlando, FL, 32807, just off Forsyth, about 1/2 mile east of 436 and south of Colonial. They are a viable place to recycle, and there is no charge to you for items like CRT's, TV's.
Their hours are from 9:30 to 5:30, Mon. through Fri.. You do not need to call them. You can take things on your own - just go there. No need to say you are involved with CFCS; just leave your items with them if they are open. AND, you can even go when they are closed - they have an outdoor Drop Box there, always open and available! Since they do also accept both items that DO and DO NOT work, they also fit in both Category "A" AND "B!!"
They have recently changed their policy, and WILL now accept WORKING Monitors including CRT’s if not too old, Printers, Scanners, PC's, DVD, CD or Hard Drives at all of their locations, including the manned Trucks around town.
5) Salvation Army
They also accept WORKING Monitors including CRT's if not too old, Printers, Scanners, PC's, DVD, CD and/or Hard Drives at all of their locations.
They do not sell them in their stores, but Auction them off at their W. Colonial location, every Mon, Wed, and Fri, at 9:00 am, along with other various items that either did not sell or are damaged.
6) Vietnam Vets
. They also accept WORKING Monitors including CRT's if not too old, Printers, Scanners, PC's, DVD, CD and/or Hard Drives at all of their locations. They do sell them in their stores.
Category "B" - Scrap Only - For Monitors, Printers, Scanners that DON'T work, PC's that are too old, and/or NOT repairable, etc.
1) A1 Assets (www.a1assets.com) is the parent company company of Refresh Computers. Their address is 1100 Charles Street, Longwood, FL 32750. They have both drop-off and pickup services available. If there is a large quantity, they can pick up for you, but there may be a fee, depending upon the quantity and quality of the items. Most items are free of charge to drop off. The only exceptions are CRT Monitors and TV's at $3.00 per item under 21 inch. Larger TVs and monitors could be as much as $10 each.
An appointment for drop off at Charles Street is not needed, but is not a bad idea if dropping off a large quantity of items. The Phone number is: 407-339-7030.
If you only have a small quantity of items (1 to 4 items) you may drop them off at any of the 3 Refresh Computer Stores. See their web site at
http://refreshcomputers.net/. for locations. No appointment/phone call is needed for these small drop offs.
2) Best Buy Stores - NEW INFO!
ALL local stores; no need to contact them first. All items above; all at NO CHARGE, limited to three items per visit. There are no longer only ANY exceptions for CRT Monitors or TV's. There no longer is any maximum size, or fee! Go to www.bestbuy.com/recycling for more info.
3) Recycling Directory: http://earth911.com/
This is a directory containing information for recycling over 240 different products that are free for consumers. There are over 127,000 locations and programs that people can search to find local recycling and disposal resources. Thanks to Mike Ungerman and Hewie Poplock for sending this to me - includes County places, and for example - Staples, many others, by ZIP. It is thorough! (However, what is not mentioned on this site, for exam-ple, is that Staples just mentioned CHARGES $10 EACH for any PC, Printer, CRT or LCD, even Hard Drive! Only small items, such as mice and key-boards are free. So I would say 'caveat emptor' applies! Call or go first, as I did!
4) Seminole County Residential Electronics Recycling http://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/envsrvs/solidwaste/electronics.aspx
The Seminole County Solid Waste Management Division accepts e-scrap at the Central Transfer Station's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Facility. The e-scrap is accepted during regular working hours. Monday - Saturday, 7:30am - 5:30pm, (except certain holidays) 1950 State Road 419; Longwood, Florida 32750
The electronics recycling program is available for all residents of Seminole County for e-scrap generated in your home. This service is FREE OF CHARGE for residential households. Contact Seminole County's Solid Waste Management Division Customer Service Team at 407-665-2260 for more information.
We will be adding to this list. There are additional places, and we want as many listed here as possible for our members’ convenience! If you have suggestions or comments, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.