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Reduce, Recycle, Refurbish, Reuse: "Free Geek Penn" Rehabilitates Pennsylvania's Outdated Computers

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Buying a replacement computer is an emotional rollercoaster. You're very excited about getting the new device, but at the same time feel some emotional bond with the old computer you're about to kick to the curb. After all, that little box has stood by your side for the last few years - and this is how you reward it? Instead of just dumping your old PC in the trash, where it will end up rotting in a landfill, why not give it the respect it's due and donate it to some people who care? Free Geek Penn will take your unwanted computer, clear it of sensitive data, and give it a new life as part of a recycled product or as a newly refurbished computer that someone else can grow to love.

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After working with computers for many years, I still don't like to throw anything away. First, I'm paranoid about what data I might toss into the trash. Second, the little voice in the back of my head keeps asking me, "What if you need that part tomorrow?" Third, I know the impact that throwing away hazardous waste can have on the environment. Needless to say, I was happily surprised to find Free Geek Penn right around the corner from my home and work in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Not only does this volunteer-run organization take my old computers and monitors, but they also fix and resell dropped-off computers for a major discount, which means that I don't have to keep obscure parts on hand at my office.

I started to think about the uniqueness of this organization, and how so many people are oblivious to what happens to a computer when it's tossed in the trash or traded in to Dell. So I asked the folks at Free Geek Penn if they would be willing to write an article about what they do and how they do it. The following is the result of this request. To Free Geek Penn, thanks!

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