How to recycle your computer/s
How to recycle your computer equipment
As at July 2011 the Computerbank warehouse is running out of space. We have had to change our minimum specifications for donations.
We need clean, neat, complete computers with these specifications or better. LCD screens will only be accepted with computers.
Desktops: Working, complete Core 2 Duo, Dual Core or Celeron/AMD equivalents.
Laptops: Working Pentium M or better. Core 2 Duo preferred, PM is getting old. Please remove any passwords (BIOS locks) on donated laptops. If password locks are not removed, we have to charge a fee of $5.50.
Apple Macs: G5 or better with original software
LCD monitors: Working 17" or larger accepted only with a computer. One LCD per computer. We have too many LCD screens, please do not bring them in on their own! A fee of $5.50 each will apply. All 15" LCD will incur fees.
Hard Drives: All types.
Memory: All types.
Optical Drives: All types
Interface Cards: All types
Mice: Working optical USB mice urgently NEEDED
Cords and Cables: We are happy to take your excess cables
Computers can be dropped off during our opening times.
We will pick up donations of 10 or more working Core 2 Duo/Dual Core or equivalent machines in the Melbourne area.No Software disks - We don't need Windows disks. We erase and then reformat the computer hard drives with Ubuntu Linux and other free and open source software.
Recycling older and faulty computer items
Computers that are early Pentium 4's, Pentium 3's or older are recycled. This usually means the computer is more than 10 years old. Although we know some older computers still work we haven't as yet found anyone who wants them in a working condition.
We are lucky enough to get good quality newer machines. The newer computers we restore and sell from $20 to low income people. Some free computers are also provided.
Fees for obsolete or faulty equipment delivered to Computerbank West Melbourne:
Monitors - CRT and LCD
- $11 each 14, 15, 17 inch working or non working CRT Monitor
- $5.50 each for any faulty LCD
- $5.50 each for any LCD without a PC
- $5.50 each for any 15" or smaller LCD
- $15 each 19, 21 inch working or non working CRT Monitor
Computers, printers etc
- $5.50 each incomplete or under spec computer or mac dropped off
- $5.50 each small
printer or laptop, multi-functions are $11, larger printers attract a higher fee, can be up
to $44 for larger A3 type printers. We do not take photocopiers.
- gold coin donation for other non working items
A tax invoice is provided, GST is included in all e-waste handling fees
Can I recycle my photocopier or CRT TV with Computerbank?
No we cannot take these items. LCD TVs are ok.
We do not pick up less than 10 working Core 2 Duo, Dual Core or Celeron/AMD equivalent computers.
Computerbank cannot pick up low volumes of computers that just meet the minimum specification. There are charges for obsolete equipment see following....
Melbourne metro areas only, extra fees apply if in rural/remote locations. Minimum pick up fee is $65.
- $5.50 for LCD screens that do not have a matching computer
- $5.50 each for 15" and smaller LCD screens
- $11 for each 14 and 15 inch CRT monitor
- $15 for each 17 inch CRT monitor
- $20 for each 20 inch CRT monitor (we don't always have space for these)
Computers, Printers etc.
- $5.50 per each computer (min 10 depending on location)
- $11 - 22 per large printers and computers (ie servers)
- $5.50 for smaller inkjet printers, $11 for multifunction inkjets
- $2 - 5.50 for other non working items
- Due to the introduction of fees at the polystyrene compaction centre, we have introduced a 'packaging' surcharge. Please ask for details.
All working hard drives donated to Computerbank are wiped using Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) software. This permanently removes all information from the drive.
It is labour intensive to recycle old equipment. The obsolete items we receive are stored, checked then taken apart and sorted. Obsolete equipment is then delivered to a government sponsored recycling depot. The fee we charge you goes towards leasing the building and helping with our running costs. Computerbank is run by volunteers and only has one paid supervisor on any day.
If you do not want to recycle with Computerbank Victoria please try one these depots.
Recycling computers is labor intensive. Doing any of the following to prepare your equipment for donation will help us speed the processing and recycling of your equipment.
- Bring as little packaging and boxes as possible. Please recycle the boxes for your equipment through your council's recycling program.
- Untangle all cords and cables. Coil them up with a rubber band or twist tie.
- Attach power adapters (AC adaptors, transformers) to their associated equipment (such as powered speakers, printers or external modems) as best you can, we suggest wrapping with clear packing tape.
- No Packaging - The polystyrene compaction centre charges for packaging so we have a 'packaging' surcharge. Please ask for details.
- Opening times 10am-5pm Friday and 12.30-5.00pm Saturday. Other times by appointment only.
- Our address is 483 Victoria St (near Dyrburgh St), West Melbourne.
- We send faulty and excess CRT monitors to a Australian
Government endorsed processing facility. Monitors are difficult to
dismantle safely. They contain toxic materials and often have
electric charges. They need to be dismantled in a safe manner. We will
not allow our surplus monitors to go to overseas countries where they
may be dismantled by unprotected children.
- We send scrap metal (mainly empty cases) to metal recycler Southern Cross Metals.
- We send old and faulty computer boards, power supplies, floppy drives, CD/DVD drives, CPU's, hard drives, cables and chips for metal extraction
- We take polystyrene (from packaging that gets sent to us) to a compaction centre where it is eventually turned into picture frames.
- Most of our plastics get turned into long life building products such as fence posts and pellets via Australian Composite Technology (ACT) Vic.
- Despite our best efforts we have yet to find a solution for some of the waste that is generated (some plastic and lead glass) these end up as landfill once all recoverable material has been removed.