The Free Geek Thrift Store will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 28. We will be open on Monday from 12PM - 5PM, and Wednesday from 11AM - 8PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Free Geek accepts all computers and computer-related hardware, regardless of age or condition.
Hardware can be dropped off at the back entrance of our depot (located in an alleyway between Victoria Dr and Salsbury St), Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. Free Geek's receiving area is open until 6pm, but we reserve the right to refuse donations between 5pm and 6pm if they are too large to fit into our warehouse. Please do not drop off anything during closed hours, or you may be fined.For drop offs larger than a van's worth of gear, please call ahead so we can be ready. Our loading dock has a 41" height. Docking plate is available. We can accommodate trucks with a bed/box no longer than 23'.
* If you remove the hard drive from your computer, please place the caddy or any screw back into the case.
* We still accept antique CRT monitors - please confirm first. For CRT monitors that we do not accept, please take them directly to one of our downstream recyclers, Encorp, located at 1856 Powell Street.
Sorry, at the moment we are not accepting donations of toner or ink.
You can also make our volunteers' jobs easier by:
We may be able to arrange a pick up from your site as long as you are located in the Greater Vancouver Area. For pickups in the City of Vancouver, there will be a $50 fee. For pickups in the other regions of Greater Vancouver Area, there is a $100 fee. This can be paid via cheque, Paypal, or in person.
We are not able to accommodate residential pickups, and we encourage you to ask friends and family to help bring equipment to Free Geek.
Please fill out this form to request a pick-up. You will be contacted by our Warehouse Coordinator to discuss logistics.
Maintaining the privacy of our donors is very important to us. When you donate a hard drive to Free Geek, we guarantee that its contents will never be looked at, and we will erase all personal data.
Hard drives are taken to a secure area, and are erased by writing two passes of random data to them. Drives that are no longer functional are physically destroyed so they cannot be read.
Removable media, including CDs and floppies, are physically destroyed.
Free Geek can provide Certificates of Data Destruction for a fee of $10 per drive.
The best location to take your donations is to our rear entrance, located in the alley behind our building. In addition to a loading bay, there is far fewer stairs. If you need assistance with your donations, please ask!