Recycling with Free Geek

How else can I get involved?

Free Geek is always looking for volunteers willing to get involved with the non-profit. You can fill out an application on their website by clicking here. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates and see the refurbished computers they have for sale. You can also make a monetary donation that goes towards the operational costs of Free Geek Toronto.

Why is e-waste so important?

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste in the industrialized world. Today, the average lifespan of a device is about two years. Electronics are packed with toxic chemicals that need to be properly disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

Every year, 50 percent of Canada’s e-waste ends up in non-regulated recycling operations in places like Kenya, India, and China. That’s why it is important to give your e-waste to companies who will safely recycle electronics so that there is minimal harm to the environment.

What kinds of e-waste do they accept?

Free Geek will take any kind of electronics from smartphones and tablets to computers and video projectors. The only thing they will not accept are home appliances, which are handled by different companies. For their full list of accepted items, click here to visit their website.

Does Free Geek offer a pick-up?

Free Geek offers a paid pick-up of e-waste that covers most of downtown Toronto, North York and Scarborough. The pick-up service starts at $40 for locations closest to their office. You can also check out their service map to see the different costs per area. All proceeds for the pickups help support the operational costs of Free Geek Toronto.

Where is Free Geek Toronto located?

Free Geek Toronto is located at 180 Sudbury Street, Toronto ON, M6J 0A8. You can even call 416-572-3738 when you arrive at their office and staff will meet you at your vehicle to help you unpack! They’re open everyday of the week except Monday and you can see their full hours of operation here.

Why do we recommend Free Geek?

Orchard and Free Geek share a similar mission and belief that it is important to remove the barriers that prevent everyone from affordable access to devices. It’s easy to see why we send our e-waste to a company that shares our values.

Whether it’s connecting someone with the latest and greatest or providing an older device at no charge to someone living on the street, Orchard will get you connected. Free Geek is a non-profit on a powerful mission to dispose e-waste responsibly while also making sure everyone has access to affordable computers and the Internet.

We are only interested in doing the right thing and that means donating any of our e-waste to be properly recycled. Free Geek Toronto is located near the Orchard office making it easy for us to send our e-waste their way.

What is e-waste?

Every time you throw out an old keyboard, printer, cellphone or any other electronic device it is considered electronic waste, or e-waste.

Orchard focuses on buying and selling quality used smartphones, but we also care about making sure electronics stay out of landfills. Though our business focuses on phone resale, we will always send any e-waste we get to Free Geek.

We give them our unusable or damaged phones, but also any other electronics that come our way. Orchard doesn’t buy old computer devices or other e-waste, but sellers in Ontario who are looking to donate those devices can send it to our HQ and we’ll recycle it with Free Geeks. Alternately, you can drop it off with Free Geeks directly at their office.

Who is Free Geek?

free geekOriginally founded in Portland, Oregon in 2000, Free Geek is a non-profit who accepts e-waste donations to be recycled. They also sell refurbished computers to low-income community members. Since their launch, they have expanded to several locations across North America.

Free Geek Toronto opened in 2009 and has been working to make this a place where e-waste is disposed of responsibly, safely and ethically. They also hope to make this a place where everyone has access to computers and the Internet.

They handle e-waste recycling as well as working to get low-income communities connected with affordable computers. They even offer low cost computer and Internet training for beginners and intermediate users.

Free Geek Toronto has partnered with Shift Recycling, Furniture Bank and the Ontario Electronic Stewardship. They all are working towards the same goal of recycling e-waste responsibly in the Toronto area.