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Please review our BEST PRACTICES GUIDE  for tips on preparing your surplus technology for donation. 

The Program 
RCT’s primary focus is extending the life of technology through reuse. We refurbish our donations as much as possible, and redistribute them to schools, charities, not-for-profit organizations, and to low income learners across Ontario. Unusable equipment or equipment that is not in demand at the time of donation is recycled in an environmentally friendly manner under our RCTech RENEW Program.

Why reuse first?
Reusing technology not only has environmental benefits, it also supports social and economic benefits as well. Read more about the benefits of reuse

Benefit from RCT’s Expertise
RCT is an approved service provider under the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program. A secure data elimination process is used on all your REUSE level donated equipment and audited recyclers are used for all recycled material through the province of Ontario’s Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) program.

Find out more about the benefits of reuse and our REUSE & RECYCLING STANDARDS.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT ACCEPTED
There are two levels of equipment that are accepted by RCT:
REUSE Level Electronic Equipment Click For Details
                                                                    RECYCLING Level Electronic Equipment Click For Details

  

REUSE Level Electronic Equipment

Desktop Computers

  • Working Pentium Dual Core
  • 2.0 GHz (or equivalent
  • 2.0 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive & Better

Desktop computers

Portable Computers
(Please include the power supply/pack and hard drive)

  • Working Dual Core
  • 2.0 GHz (or equivalent)
  • 2.0 GB RAM
  • 160 GB Hard Drive & Better

Laptops, notebooks, tablet PCs

Computer Peripherals

Working

CD-ROM, DVD, HD-DVD, Blue Ray drives,  disk drives, mice, keyboards, computer speakers and power supplies/packs

Computer Monitors

  • 15” or larger
  • Working LCD 7 years and newer

LCD or LED computer monitors

Other  Working 
  • Servers
  • Projectors 

*Donations that meet these requirements may be eligible for a tax receipt. Equipment not meeting these specifications will be considered RECYCLING Level.


RECYCLING Level Electronic Equipment

For equipment that falls outside of the REUSE Level specifications, RCT will recycle the below listed equipment in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner FREE OF CHARGE. Please note the donation must be delivered to our centre locations or transportation at the donors cost can be arranged by RCT.

 

Display Devices

  • Computer monitors (LCD or LED)

Computers

  • Desktop computers
  • Portable computers (e.g. laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets)
  • Laptop power supplies 

Printers, Peripherals & Other Electronic Equipment

  • Mice
  • Keyboards
  • Hard Drives
  • Optical Drives
  • Video, power cables and adapters
  • RAM

Floor Standing Printers & Photocopiers

  • Floor-standing printers
  • Floor-standing photocopiers and multi-function devices
  • Laser Desktop printers (no other printers accepted)

*No loose batteries, no headsets, no tapes accepted.

NOTE: Any electronic equipment not listed in either REUSE Level or RECYCLING Level will not be accepted. These materials are not subject to downstream process audits and may pose an environmental risk. Any donated electronic items not listed above will be returned to donors at their expense.

TRANSPORTATION OF DONATIONS

Given our limited resources, we kindly request that ALL donors drop-off or pay for transportation. Please note that we have negotiated a preferred rate for our donors and arrangements can be made through our Donations Coordinator.

The following requirements must be met to qualify for Free Pickup:

  • Your equipment is located within 100 Kilometres of one of our regional centres
  • Minimum quantity of 40 complete and working computer systems*
  • All equipment donated must meet the minimum REUSE LEVEL specifications outlined in the chart

    *Desktop systems must include monitors and all peripheral materials including a keyboard and mouse. Laptops must come with power adapters to qualify. 

Please contact our Donations Coordinator to make special arrangements and to provide your organization with a ‘one-stop’ solution for your surplus electronic equipment.

Donations Coordinator
Tel:905-795-5388
Fax:905-795-5240
Email: donations@rcto.ca

 

 

REUSE & RECYCLING STANDARD

Environmental Leadership
Electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium, in addition to metals and harmful plastics, which is why the proper handling, reuse and recycling of surplus technology is a vital issue.

Rapid advances in technology have reduced the life cycle of electronic equipment which can further impact the environment. The reduced life cycle of technology has increased the burden on corporations and government to be ethically responsible for the disposal of their surplus IT equipment while watching their bottom line.

This is why we have developed the RCTech RENEW program to assist you in the process.

Typical surplus equipment solutions go directly from the original user to the recycler. At RCT we believe that most of these "end of life" (EOL) units can be refurbished and put back into society for additional years of meaninfdul use. Furthermore, REUSE has greater environmental benefits than recycling because it saves greenhouse gases, preserves natural resources, and conserves more energy. 

The RCTech RENEW program can benefit your organization:

  • Provides a one-stop-service for your reuse & recycling needs
  • Utilize RCT’s expertise in mitigating the harmful effects through REUSE and recycling
  • May be eligible for a tax receipt for REUSE level equipment
  • Save your company time, money and resources
  • Benefit communities by providing access to technology and hands-on work experience for youth
  • Support computer literacy and IT training
  • Protect the environment from the unsafe disposal of toxic electronic waste

Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program
Choosing responsible and safe reuse organizations and recyclers involves unraveling a complex industry of service providers to ensure our partners adhere to the highest social, environmental and industry standards and best practices locally and globally. As challenging a feat as it may appear, our donors can remain confident that RCT has the highest reuse standards and we choose responsible and safe recycling. These standards not only form the core of our RCTech RENEW program, it is our bottom line.

RCT is an approved service provider to the new Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program. RCT abides by the government approved Reuse Standards and Recycling Standards.

  • WEEE Reuse and Refurbishment Standard 
  • WEEE Recycling Standard 
  • Electronics are recycled in a safe and environmentally responsible manner
  • Electronics are diverted from landfills
  • E-waste is not exported to developing countries
  • Prison labor is not used to process electronics
  • All workers are protected by a health and safety program
  • All parties have environmental and quality management systems in place or are working towards achieving them.

Each of these commitments can be verified by independent environmental auditors.

  • For more on the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program: Click Here

 

   
       
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