Computer Recycling Program

In a NutshellReceiving Groups — Specs SheetDisclaimer
In a Nutshell

Over the past two years, EPCAMR has been acting as a distribution center for local watershed associations, nonprofit organizations, local government and municipal departments (e.g., planning commissions and zoning departments) in Eastern Pennsylvania that are in need of a computer in order to work on environmental education, abandoned mine drainage (AMD) remediation, abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, or watershed restoration in the EPCAMR Region. The desktop computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, and printers, with an occasional lap top, are surplus from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) Office of Information Technology and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Region III.

EPCAMR has made an effort to reduce the number of viable computer systems making their way to landfills within Pennsylvania. There are many community groups in our region that are in need of a computer system. These systems can improve the level of professionalism for their organization They will be able to connect to the internet in order to communicate with other organizations and potential funding sources. Through this recycling program, 85 computers have been recycled.

The following is a list of organizations and municipal governments that have received computer hardware:


  • Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation
  • Luzerne County Conservation District
  • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Watershed Protection Program (W)
  • Wildlands Conservancy
  • Lackawanna River Corridor Association
  • Jackson Township
  • Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Snake Creek Watershed Association
  • North Fork Watershed Association (W)
  • Hunlock Creek Township
  • Northern Swatara Creek Watershed Association
  • Loyalhanna Watershed Association (W)
  • Huber Breaker Preservation Society
  • Choconut Creek Watershed Association
  • Sullivan County Conservation District
  • Susquehanna County Conservation District
  • Schuylkill County Conservancy
  • Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team (W)
  • Tri-County Conewago Watershed Association
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake
  • Foundation for Agriculture and Resource Management
  • Dorrance Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Bear Creek Nature Center
  • Mahanoy Creek Watershed Association
  • Bushkill Watershed Conservancy
  • Northumberland County Conservation District
  • Washington Fire Company #1 Division of the Ashland Fire Company
  • Lake Silkworth Protective Association
  • Lake Silkworth Volunteer Ambulance Company


  • Plymouth Township
  • Plymouth Township Police Department
  • AMD & ART (W)
  • Schuylkill Headwaters Association
  • Pike County Conservation District
  • Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee
  • Schuylkill Conservation District
  • Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks
  • Mountain Watershed Association (W)
  • Dallas Borough
  • Larksville Borough
  • Larksville Police Department
  • Ronald McDonald House of Scranton


  • Boy Scout Troup 155 of Trucksville UMC
  • Schuylkill County Conservation District Environmental Education Center
  • Lacawac Sanctuary
  • Moon Lake County Park


  • Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council Northeast Regional Office
  • Jackson Township Police Department
  • Plymouth Historical Society
  • Anthracite Living History Group
  • Wanashe Conservancy (W)
  • Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Initiative (W)
  • Blairsville Improvememt Group (W)
  • Friends of the Nescopeck
  • John B. McGlynn Learning Center
  • Powdermill Nature Center (W)
  • Schuylkill County Conservation District


  • Luzerne County Conservation District

A (W) after the name represents groups supplied in the WPCAMR Region

EPCAMR Computer Recycling Program Spec Sheet
– In stock as of July 2011

Toshiba Equium 8000S (approximately 5 left) – Donated value of $1,368

  • Slim horizontal desktop PC and 20” monitor
  • Pentium III with ~700 MHz to ~1 GHz processor speed
  • 128 to 256 MB RAM memory
  • 10 GB or 20 GB hard drive storage capacity
  • No CD-ROM (requires a laptop CD-ROM and IDE adapter similar to this one; we may be able to help obtain and install this)
  • Floppy drive
  • Audio, video, network card, 2 USB ports, and printer port on the board
  • No modem, but 2 open PCI ports (limited expandability)
  • 1 original certified product key sticker comes on the case for Windows 98 Second Edition

Dell Dimension LxxxR (approximately 2 left)

  • Vertical desktop PC and 20” monitor
  • Pentium III with ~500, 550, or 600 MHz
  • 128 to 256 MB RAM memory
  • 5 GB or 10 GB hard drive storage capacity
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Floppy drive
  • Audio, video, network card, 2 USB ports, and printer port on the board
  • No modem, but 2 open PCI ports, 3 other expansion ports, and at least 2 expansion bays for extra hard drive or CD-RW drive
  • 1 original Dell resource CD and installed software backup CD containing Windows 98 Second Edition, while supplies last

Please submit a letter, on your letterhead, to EPCAMR stating how the computer will be used to help your organization. Please remember that the Computer Recycling Program only allows us to give the computers to environmental and watershed groups, municipalities, etc., who can demonstrate the computer will be used for an environmental cause.

Disclaimer and Other Important Information

The PA DEP Computer Recycling Program, Section 1903 and 1904 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code (62 PA C.S. 101 et seq.) allows a public procurement unit to enter into an agreement with another public procurement unit for the cooperative use of supplies. A public procurement unit is defined as a local public purchasing agency, which can be a political subdivision; public authority; educational, health or other institution; council of government or an area of government that expends public funds for the procurement of supplies, services, and construction; or any nonprofit corporation operating a charitable hospital, nonprofit fire company, nonprofit rescue company, or nonprofit ambulance company under current Pennsylvania Commonwealth Law.

The intent of the EPCAMR Computer Recycling Program is to give computers and related hardware to environmental and watershed groups, municipalities, etc., who can demonstrate a need for a computer and that the computer will be used for an environmental cause. After one year from the date of distribution, the grant recipients will receive a phone call from EPCAMR to confirm as to whether or not the computer is still in use for its original purpose. Once confirmation has been received, the grantee will not get another phone call regarding the operation and maintenance of the computer and related hardware. It will become the grantee’s responsibility for any and all operation and maintenance of the computer systems.

The grantee may return any part of the computer system to EPCAMR if we determine the equipment to be not economically repairable or if the grantee is no longer in need of the equipment. No software is provided with these computers. It is the responsibility of the grantee to purchase/ upgrade the necessary software to run the computer. The computer equipment can be picked up at the EPCAMR Office, unless just compensation for shipping is provided by the grantee. EPCAMR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and therefore has a very limited budget to make any alterations to this agreement. By accepting the equipment, the grantee agrees to abide by the disclaimer stated above.

If you are interested, please submit a letter (on your organization’s letterhead) to EPCAMR explaining how you intend to use the computer to benefit the environment,in a paragraph or two.

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