Who doesn't have a used computer, hard drive, printer or video-game player stuck in a closet around the house?
Consider donating them to a local nonprofit, like Goodwill. They have a partnership with Dell called "Reconnect," where nearly 2,000 participating Goodwill locations across the U.S. will accept any brand of computer equipment and certain Microsoft products such as Xbox and Zune. Goodwill either sells or responsibly recycles the products, and all the money made is used to create job training and employment opportunities for people in your community. Goodwill will wipe all of the personal information off working hard drives. Nonworking units will have a spike drilled through the hard drive to make sure your information stays safe.