Since 2004 the Cincinnati Computer Cooperative has been  providing area children, adults, seniors, nonprofits, and schools with computers. Through the generous donation of used computers by Greater Cincinnati businesses and individuals and a software partnership with Microsoft, a team of trained volunteers at the organization has been  supplying refurbished desktops and laptops at little or no costs to these groups. In other words rather than going to the landfill, your donated/recycled equipment is rejuvenated and supplied to people who otherwise wouldn’t have a computer of their own.

Unlike other computer recyclers in the area, we are an all-volunteer  non-profit (501c(3)) organization. Commercial computer recyclers sell their donated equipment for scrap.  We try to increase the value of this equipment by extending its useful life.   Reuse is a far greener approach than simple recycling for material recovery.

For donated technology that can’t be reused, the Cincinnati Computer Cooperative applies industry leading practices, and relationships with ethical recycling partners to safely and effectively dispose of materials and limit the impact of e-waste on landfills.

 


OUR GOAL

  • Our goal is to provide access to technology for everyone who needs it, and to provide all students access to computers to prepare for higher education and better career opportunities, while ethically and securely reusing and diverting electronic waste to mitigate the impact on the environment.

OUR VISION

  • To be the major conduit in the Cincinnati region of computer technology and equipment between business, individuals, schools, and other non-profit organizations

HOW WE WORK

  • We rely on donations of used computer equipment from local corporations, small business, and individuals to be able to achieve our mission of providing access to computer technology for Cincinnati area residents through our “Community Access” and “Computers for Schools” programs  (links to community and schools program/refurbished computers page)
  • Our volunteers evaluate the used computer equipment and all data is securely removed from hard drives of the donated equipment.  We are always looking for Volunteers
  • Equipment that is reusable is refurbished.
  • Unusable/obsolete components are sent to ethical and responsible recyclers to be converted into materials that can be reused in other products.

 

We are committed to giving area children and adults technology for a better future as well as reducing the impact in our landfills.