Even the most awesome of desktop or laptop reaches an expiration date. The motherboard may burn out, or the battery sensor dies. No matter the reason, the device is no longer usable in the office. Nonprofits and charities probably rue upgrading to new computers. Buying a new model means spending money while already cash strapped. Recycling an old computer for money could do more than bring in some extra dollars. A not-for-profit entity could create a public relations/fundraising campaign around steps to recycle computers.
Recycling Brings Rewards to the Nonprofit
Throwing old computers out in the trash indeed is a waste. In addition to contributing to environmental troubles, nonprofits miss out on earning much-needed dollars the old plastic and various parts deliver. Of course, the average nonprofit and even for-profit business won't have that many computers to recycle each year. Nothing is stopping a nonprofit from contacting other businesses or donors to send over their old, outdated devices. The company could reap huge rewards in the following ways.
Amassing More Dollars: Consider this the most obvious benefit. The more computers the nonprofit receives, the more income the nonprofit generates from recycling sales. Every dollar helps, which is why nonprofits ask people for small cash donations. They add up. Not everyone, however, may be willing or able to donate even small amounts of money. That probably won't be the case with old, dead computers sitting in a closet. Sometimes, people keep old models because they don't know what to do with them. Once they find out the local nonprofit will take them, away the computers may go.
Garnering Valuable Publicity: To maximize donations, a nonprofit must continually work on procuring publicity. Making public requests for old computers might help this cause. Send out press releases about the computer recycling and donation plan to local and national news services as well as environmental publications. Many media outlets may see the endeavor as "environmental interest" topic and give the nonprofit desirable press.
Capturing a New Donor Audience: Maybe the steps taken to recycle computers will curry favor with people who support recycling and green initiatives. These persons might see the nonprofit in a positive light thanks to its actions and potentially become donors. Like-minded people generally like one another. They usually like profit and philanthropic endeavors that share similar social responsibility goals.
Nonprofits are encouraged to locate a reliable computer recycling service in their area. Look for one capable of handling the volume of materials sent over and paying a fair price for them.