MCRC is a non-profit environmental charity

We recycle household electronics and give away free refurbished computers to those in need to help narrow the digital divide. Since 1994 we have given away thousands of computers to schools, non-profit organizations and economically and/or physically disadvantaged individuals by Handy orten im Internet. Discarded electronics are reclaimed and refurbished in our training program where volunteers learn to restore computers for home, school, and office applications.

Recycle Electronics: Now Free of Charge!

There's no charge if you drop it off. Computers, Printers, Monitors, TV's, VCR's, Stereos, Phones, & MORE, plus ALL their Accessories; Household or Office, Working or Not, WE'LL TAKE IT.

We also accept small appliances such as microwaves, toaster ovens, blenders, and coffee-makers PROVIDED THEY ARE CLEAN.(No "science projects", please!)

We do not accept:

  1. Large appliances (think washing machine, stove, furnace, etc.)
  2. Appliances containing gas or liquids (air conditioners, fridges, oil heaters etc.)
  3. Household (alkaline) batteries (AA, AAA, C, D cells)
  4. Liquids of any type
  5. Bulk media - CD's Tapes etc. (a small amount is OK, th0ugh)

Although it costs us a little more, our electronics are NOT exported for treatment in countries with low environmental standards. Instead we send all our unrefurbishable electroncs to ECS Refining in Santa Clara, a metals refinery which processes scrap electronics by shredding and separating the components, ferrous metals (steel), copper and precious metals, aluminum, and plastic. The steel and aluminum are recycled as metals, the plastic is recycled as plastic, and the copper and precious metals are sampled, prepared, and packaged for shipment to a primary copper smelter.

We accept cash or check.

  • MCRC keeps hazardous electronics waste out of the landfill.
  • We are an authorized eWaste collector. CEWID #100285.
  • We give away electronics that we refurbish and test to schools libraries, non-profits, and disadvantaged individuals.
  • Nothing shipped overseas except tested, working equipment donated to international recipients of our refurbished equipment. Save The World!
  • MCRC helps Bay Area companies to safely, legally, and economically convert formerly dangerous garbage into something useful for your - and our - neighbors.
  • We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.
  • The equipment that you bring to us is tax deductible. Your kind financial donations are also tax deductible.
  • HARD DRIVE WIPING SERVICE, we have REDUCED our hard drive wiping service! It is now only $15.00 per drive.
  • We can pick-up from your home or office with our cargo van or truck. Please call for fees, and to schedule an appointment. Allow 2-4 weeks notice.
  • Your choice - to be a part of what we do - is something to be proud of. With your help, we are bringing your neighbors and your community tools that will help them survive in the Information Age. Without your help, we can do nothing. We hope that you will choose to support what we do...with your equipment, and financially as well.

We give old computers new life by placing refurbished products with non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, victims of fire and tragedy, and low-income and disabled households. Our volunteer technicians produce computers every week from your donations, to help organizations and families that would not otherwise have the means to obtain this technology. We continue to provide free computers and equipment to local organizations like these, just to name a few:

  • Marin Housing Authority
  • Marin County Regional Occupation Program (ROP)
  • Hamilton Elementary School
  • The MARS Radio Service
  • San Francisco Child Abuse
  • Prevention Program
  • Marin Center for Independent Living
  • Elpida House
  • Canal Community Alliance
  • Swords into Plowshares
  • Big Rock Sudbury School

Your tax-deductible equipment donations help us to provide no cost refurbished equipment to schools, non-profits, and the disadvantaged. We are in constant need of supplies, equipment, and services. If you have something we can use, or you would like to help, please let us know.

Volunteers come to us from all walks of life to receive hands-on experience while building and testing equipment that they would not ordinarily have access to. People who need to fulfill Community Service hours may also apply at MCRC. Our volunteers are vital to our program, and help support our organization while we support our community. No previous experience is necessary!

What do we do with the stuff we can't bring back to life? We recycle it! All unusable material is shipped to our sister facility in Berkeley, and then broken down to component parts and channeled to the appropriate recycler. We take great care to ensure that our waste products are handled in environmentally friendly ways, and not shipped overseas to become someone's else's toxic nightmare.

Please come in and drop off your electronic equipment or volunteer at the Marin Computer Resource Center, and know that you are a part of what we do.


Unfortunately, as of August 1st, 2012, due to significant computer demand locally and a reduction in company revenue, equipment and staffing, we are NO LONGER ABLE TO SHIP COMPUTERS. Sorry!


Free Computer Program Progress:

Over the last 3 years we've given away over 1300 computers! When you donate a computer / crt monitor or any electronics it really helps our program and you get a tax deduction!


42 Digital Dr #3
Novato, CA 94949

Phone: (415) 883-1428

Recycling Hours

Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  5pm - 9pm Tech Night
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

We're open on Saturdays!
Now you can bring your unwanted electronics to us - We have more parking than we know what to do with or drive up to the roll-up door and our attendant will help you park and unload your vehicle. We will provide a rolling cart.


If you are in the East Bay, please visit our sister facility: Alamedia County Computer Resource Center (ACCRC)