Record Speed Recycling

This past weekend, we had another great Volunteer Saturday at ITT Tech's Tarentum campus.  Clocking in at record speeds, we ran diagnostic triage and Edubuntu imaging on a total of 98 computers from 8AM - 4PM. We owe a special thanks to Kim Coles of the County of Westmoreland Mac Users Group (COWMUG) for coming in extra early to run the welcome table. Also, a big thanks to Debbie and Mark Neuherz for transporting all of the computers to a new storage cage site in Pittsburgh Mills. You can sign up for future volunteer work days with Computer Reach...

Happy Earth Day!

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day. You can plant some trees in your community, do litter clean up, or just try to conserve your own energy use. You can also take advantage of electronics recycling! "In 2011, the U.S. electronics recycling industry processed 3 to 4 million tons of used and end-of-life electronics equipment. More than 70 percent of the collected gadgets can be recycled, recovering items such as plastic, steel, aluminum, copper, gold and silver to be used in new products." A few Earth Day Electronics Recycling Events: Monday, April 22 Free Community Electronic Recycling Earth Day...

Upcoming Volunteer Day & PittsburghCares.org

We're having another big volunteer work day next Saturday, April 27th from 8:00am - 4:00pm, with most of the work taking place in the morning. We have 2 objectives for the day: imaging and moving.  Ubuntu imaging will take place over a PXE Server system at ITT Tech. Box moving of over 100 computers will take place all morning. Please use our WhenIsGood form to fill out the hours you plan on helping out. You'll also find more event details and directions there. If you plan to attend, please sign in at our brand new Pittsburgh...

Back with Duquesne University Students

We had another great work day with volunteer students from Duquesne University at the Goodwill Apple "Annex" at 2400 Carson Street on the South Side of Pittsburgh. This video shows our 7th week, working on recycling the 50th computer with the students! This has been a great partnership over the course of the Spring semester. We hope all the students are learning about computer components, responsible recycling and the e-waste problem. Many thanks to instructor Loraine Sauchin for coordinating all of this. You can read about our previous days with the students and enjoy videos...

Volunteer Work Day at ITT Tech Tarentum

  On Saturday February 23rd, we had our first volunteer work day at ITT Tech in Tarentum, PA. You may have seen our earlier post asking readers to sign up to volunteer with us in this new space the last Saturday of each month. You can still sign up here! We started in our new space with a very productive day. We unloaded 81 Apple computer boxes from our U-Haul truck at Construction Junction and then loaded 116 Linux computer boxes for for transport back to ITT refurbishing and imaging production work. We had 26 volunteers attend. They logged 146 man-hours...

Week 4 with Duquesne University Volunteers

  This past Friday, we had our fourth workday with volunteers from Duquesne University. You can read about weeks one, two and three in these posts. On February 22nd, We had 2 faculty members and 7 students working at our warehouse. We went beyond de-manufacturing and showed the students our procedures for imaging Macs with Deploy Studio. Many thanks to the students for helping to load 50+ boxes for movement between our South Side and Point Breeze recycling locations. Inspired to help? Sign up to volunteer with us on the last Saturday...

New Saturday Volunteer Time

We're very excited to announce a new year-round site for recycling on the last Saturday of every month. You can now join us at ITT Technical Institute in Tarentum (behind the Pittsburgh Mills Mall).   Several people have requested advanced notice of our Saturday recycling events so they can set their calendars and commit to a few hours on a weekend far in advance. Now, with this new location, you can do just that! Visit this poll to sign up for a date and time to volunteer that works for you, all...

Help Put Computers in Students’ Hands

As of this month, our Pittsburgh area volunteers have refurbished for re-use 4,051 Computers! This is an amazing number that we are so proud to share with you. But, we always want more! That's why we can use your help to fund several local school projects. When we place a computer in a school, each computer serves 5 students every day. By re-using equipment, rather than buying new, each computer we recycle reduces our carbon footprint. If you're interested in helping with a donation, or helping by donating your time as...

Day 1 with Duquesne University Volunteers

We had our first day of work with volunteers from Duquesne University on Friday. Five students from Lorraine Sauchin's Elements of Computer Science class came to the warehouse to help us demanufacture computers for reuse. They were joined by our CRC Goodwill recycling regulars. We look forward to having Duquesne students with us every Friday this semester. We are very grateful for their help! If you'd like to volunteer your time with us, please complete the contact form on our website.

Read: How to Bridge the Digital Divide with Broken Computers

An Exploration Station volunteer dismantles an old PC. We recently came across this article that highlights how we can bridge the digital divide, and get more people of every income level using computers in their homes and at work. It's always astonishing how many perfectly usable computers and electronic devices are thrown away. The Exploration Station in Grover Beach, California refurbishes used computers for their Computers 4 Youth program just like we do here in...