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Computer Recycling

NOTE: The Drexel Computer Recycling Program is currently on pause. This page will be updated when the program commences.


DCR logoThe Drexel Computer Recycling Program (DCR) helps University departments guarantee data security on existing computers that have reached the end-of-life stage for departments and allows these computers to be refurbished for reuse (if applicable). DCR will pick up computers from Drexel University, the College of Medicine, and the Academy of Natural Sciences and bring them to a secure location on the University City Campus. Hard drives will be secured prior to erasing data or destruction and the equipment will be assessed to determine what recycle stream will be used.

Prior to donation please, copy/back-up all data from these computers that you may need. Once the computer is picked-up you will no longer be able to access its contents.

How to Donate a Computer

To donate a computer and request a pickup, please email with the following information:

  • Your name and department affiliation
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • The pickup location building and address (if your office is difficult to find, please include brief directions)
  • Type and amount of equipment (e.g. 2 computers with keyboards, 1 monitor)

A representative from DCR will reply to schedule a pick-up. Please note that someone must be present at the time of pickup.

How to Request a Repurposed Computer

The majority of these recycled computers and related equipment will become available for West Philadelphia Promise Zone organizations in need. Additionally, as available, a stock of working computers with wiped hard drives and re-installed operating systems will be available for departments to purchase for re-use.

Computer Requests for Local Organizations

To request a donation of recycled computers, you must be a registered non-profit in Philadelphia and complete the donations request form. Donation requests are handled by Drexel's Office of University and Community Partnerships. Please allow a day or two for our staff to respond to your requests.

Computer Requests for Re-use in a Drexel Department

To request a computer for reuse in a Drexel department please email with the following information:

  • Your name and department affiliation
  • Contact email address and phone number
  • Type of equipment you are looking for

DCR will satisfy these requests based on availability.

Please note the following:

  • Unusable equipment will be securely recycled as e-waste through a responsible, sustainable, secure and documented e-waste provider.
  • If a large number of computers are requested for donation, DCR may, due to space limitations, sell some computers to make space and to help fund this program.
  • DO NOT donate the following through the DCR Program:
    • Computer Furniture, Copiers, CRT monitors, Fax machines, Printers, Rack mount cabinets, Servers, Toner, Uninterruptable Power Supplies
      You may sell this type of equipment through Drexel Surplus or submit a Facilities Work Request for pickup and disposal.