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Equipment Surplus and Computer Recycling

The following University-run services — Equipment Surplus, Computer Recycling, and Facilities — can help departments find new homes for equipment that they no longer need. This includes computers and related equipment, office supplies, furniture and lab equipment. These services contribute to sustainability efforts by reducing waste, saving resources, and helping others. The University also saves money by avoiding disposal costs and the unnecessary purchase of new items. Please refer to the chart below to determine the best solution for your department.

Drexel Computer Recycling (DCR)

Equipment Type

Any (electronics, furniture, etc.) Computers and laptops in good condition
  • Electronics that are not computers
  • Any equipment that failed to sell through Surplus
  • Non-electronics may be sent to landfill

What will you do with the equipment?

Sell it to buyers outside of Drexel
  • Donate it to West Philadelphia groups and residents
  • Registered Philadelphia non-profits can complete a donations request form.
  • Recycle it
  • All non-traditional electronics recycle streams are disposed of properly by PAR

When can I use this service?

Anytime Anytime
  • Campus Clean-Out (once per year – summer)
  • RecycleMania (once per year – Feb-March)
  • Anytime (chargeable work order)

Is data security my responsibility?

Yes, for electronics that may contain data* No, DCR will handle wiping the machines. Yes — please follow the data security steps as outlined by IT.*

What is the cost?

None None — DCR student workers can pick up computers for donation.
  • No cost for electronics recycling; however, RecycleMania and Campus Clean-Out require that you bring to collection points in specified days/times
  • A chargeable work order for some non-electronic disposals

Contact Info

Other Information

  • Most of the sale proceeds go to your department, unless you'd like to donate those proceeds to sustainability efforts at Drexel.
  • If a sale does not occur, use Facilities as a back-up option.
DCR will take some computers that can’t be donated and will dispose of those in a secure manner, but most computers should be in good condition. Except for during RecycleMania Collection Events, using Facilities requires placing a work order via the WebTMA system.

* The only way to ensure data stored on a hard drive is properly deleted is to overwrite it with pseudorandom numbers using a program called DBAN (see Drexel IT DBAN FAQ for more information, and contact if you need assistance). Drexel Green will be accepting old computers and other electronic devices for recycling at its three RecycleMania collection events, but it is the department's responsibility to ensure the hard drive is properly deleted. Drexel Green will not accept any devices for recycling that have not been properly and securely wiped.