Free Electronics Recycling

Goodwill is one of Central Iowa’s leading recycler of computers and other electronic waste. As one of the greenest organizations on the planet, our partnership with Dell helps us keep our planet even greener. Goodwill of Central Iowa and Dell offer free computer recycling to Iowans. The Dell Reconnect Program diverts used computers and computer equipment from area landfills and provides consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal. Dell Reconnect also helps create job opportunities for Iowans who have barriers to employment or independence. Together we can make the planet greener while helping Iowans.

How do I recycle an unwanted computer?

  • Drop off your computer and electronic waste equipment at any Goodwill of Central Iowa retail store (excluding outlet).
  • You can also visit dell.com/reconnect  to locate the most convenient drop-off location at any of the participating Goodwill donation centers and retail stores across the country.
  • There is no charge for dropping off a computer at Goodwill. Any brand of used computer equipment is accepted.
  • Customers may be able to deduct the value of the computer for tax purposes. Goodwill will provide donors with a receipt at the time of donation. Customers are encouraged to check with their tax advisors for more information.

What is Dell Reconnect?

Dell Reconnect is a FREE computer recycling program for consumers and residents in central Iowa. The program is intended to raise awareness of the importance of responsible computer disposal and give Central Iowa residents a free and convenient way to do the right thing with their unwanted computer equipment.

Dell Reconnect is managed by Dell and Goodwill Industries. The program offers computer drop off locations for consumers throughout the United States, including 18 locations in central Iowa. The goal of the program is to keep used computers and computer equipment from landfills and to educate residents on the importance of proper computer recycling.

Why partner with Goodwill for computer recycling? 

Proceeds recovered from the central Iowa program help support Goodwill of Central Iowa’s job training and employment programs.

Consumers can drop off computer equipment at any participating Goodwill location throughout central Iowa, or at more than 2,000 drop-off locations across the country.

While computers are safe to use, they do contain some environmentally sensitive materials. These materials can be safely removed or recycled, but only if the computers are kept out of landfills in the first place. Dell Reconnect provides an environmentally responsible solution for diverting eWaste from landfills.

Why has Goodwill partnered with Dell to offer Dell Reconnect?

Dell has industry-leading experience in offering responsible consumer recycling programs that meet the highest standards of workplace and environmental safety. Working together, Goodwill and Dell can make free computer recycling available to more consumers and help raise consumer awareness about the importance of responsibly recycling used computers.  With the help of programs like Dell Reconnect, Dell has recycled more than 1 billion pounds of unwanted equipment globally.

What happens to donated computer equipment?

Goodwill will accept and sort the donated computer equipment. The equipment will be responsibly recycled through Dell’s product recycling programs.

Need to get rid of a computer?

Web site: dell.com/reconnect
Goodwill of Central Iowa: 515-265-5323