The Drive For Drives event returned Thursday and put record-breaking numbers on the board as people from all around the heartland turned out to drop off their old, broken and unwanted electronics at no cost. WOWT NBC Omaha and Goodwill teamed-up again to help recycle.
We saw 2,000 vehicles fill 15 semi-trailers throughout the day. During the last Drive For Drives event in July, more than 1,800 vehicles dropped off items.
All computer towers, monitors, printers, cameras, iPods, gaming consoles and the accessories that go with them were accepted until 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Canfield's parking lot at 84th and Center.
Individuals were responsible for removing all personal data prior to donation. If drive cleansing is something you're interested in, you can go through a number of free software programs. DBAN is one that's highly rated. You can even take it a step further if you want. For something like a tower, it's pretty simple to take the hard drive out and hold onto it or destroy it.
"They can take a hammer to hit it, take a drill, drill through it as long as they can damage the platters inside, there's not gonna be any chance of data recovery,” says Goodwill Goodbytes manager James Coggins.
Back at the Drive for Drives, Goodwill Omaha is a partner in the national Dell Reconnect program. Some refurbished computers will be sold in Goodwill’s GoodBytes Computer Store at 72nd and F with proceeds from sales going to support the agency’s mission of helping people find jobs.
Some are sold only for parts, so even broken electronics could have some value at the store. “We will take pretty much anything that is electronic or computer based that is not broken glass, mainly broken glass for security and safety issues, but we will take it, working or not, no matter what it's age is,” says Coggins.
About 90 percent of the electronics Goodwill receives are desktops and laptops. Staff can put in a few hours to fix them up and resell them for upwards of $100, $150. It turns out to be a great deal for someone in need of a basic computer and, by Goodwill standards, these are huge sales to help their mission.