Our company offers a unique service that helps people donate their USB flash drives to be recycled and used by others who are less fortunate. The process is simple: people send us their unused flash drives, regardless of their condition, and we make sure to wipe any potential data on them to protect their privacy. After that, we format and test the drives to ensure they are fully functional and can be used by others.
While our approach to recycling may not be traditional, it is an effective way to reduce waste and help those in need. By redistributing unused flash drives, we can provide access to technology for those who may not have the means to purchase it themselves.
When someone receives a donated flash drive, they can use it in a variety of ways. For example, students can use them to store and transfer documents for school, individuals can use them to back up important files, and nonprofit organizations can use them to share information with their communities. The possibilities are endless, and the impact can be significant.
NAND memory is a type of non-volatile storage technology used in USB flash drives. It allows data to be stored even when the power is turned off, making it ideal for portable devices. By recycling USB flash drives, we can help reduce electronic waste and keep these valuable resources in circulation.
According to estimates, there are currently over 10 billion USB flash drives in the world. If just 0.005% of those were donated and recycled, we could provide over 500,000 refurbished flash drives for others to use. This may seem like a small number, but it can make a big difference for those who are in need of technology access.
Our company’s approach to recycling may be unconventional, but it is an effective way to help those in need and reduce electronic waste. By donating and recycling unused USB flash drives, we can extend the life of these valuable resources and provide access to technology for those who may not have it otherwise.
Since our last post, here is a list of folks who’ve sent in to recycle USB flash drives:
- Linda Candy – Chippenhave, UK
- Sara Liu – Fremont, CA
- Chris McGunnigle – Hackettstown, NJ
- Mathems – Houston, TX
- Milton Senft – Gainsville, FL
- Heather Furby – Grass Valley, CA
- Yana Ahn – New York, NY
- Damon Yee – Dale City, CA
- Tiffany O’Toole – Wilmington, NC
- Emajin Emporium – Anaheim, CA
- I.M. LLC – Moroe, CT
If interested in learning how to get involved with this unique USB flash drive recycling program, please visit our “Start Recycling” page.
The charter of this website is to collect unwanted or unused USB flash drives from end-users and turn them into something others can use.
RecycleUSB teamed with SugarLabs.org to provide free flash drives to children without computers. The SugarLabs project provides technology which can be loaded to a USB drive and turn the portable device into a portable operating system.
The SugarLabs technology is based off Linux and is a simple operating system which runs directly from the flash drive in conjunction with using the hardware of a host computer. It is easy to understand the USB doesn’t have hardware such as a processor for computations, a graphics card, ethernet connection and so many other things associated with a personal computer. Thus, the Sugar on a Stick is a personal operating system which uses the hardware of a computer.
The personal operating system gives the child a private computer for their own work. The Sugar on a Stick allows the child to keep their content and information to themself while still providing them with a personal computer which can be used anywhere.
In the United States it is very common for a household to own a personal computer, but in many other countries this is not the case. The portable operating system allows a child without a home computer to have a portable operating system which can be used at a public library, school or internet cafe.
Today, a large number of recycled USB drives have shipped to SugarLabs. These drives have been wiped clean of any data through a secure process, formatted and tested. The GB capacities range from 2GB all the way to 64GB capacity.
This recycle program is done at no charge. To donate or recycle a USB drive is free. The RecycleUSB.com website has teamed with Nexcopy who provides the equipment to securely erase all data on a drive, format the drive and test the drive. Recycle USB then ships the items to the corporate office of SugarLabs (New York) for distribution throughout the world.
Anyone can donate, start here.
Thank you everyone for this month’s donated USB flash drives. We received two packages via FedEx and you really don’t need to send the USB flash drives to Recycle USB by that shipping method. Of course this is your choice, but this is an expensive way to ship. There is no rush because once the drives are received, they are put into a bin for erasing of data, formatting, then read/write testing for quality control – making sure the drives work properly. The USB drives can sit in a bin for up-to a month before you begin the work… so there is no need to rush USB drives.
Big thanks to the following:
- Lydia Richard – Nashville, TN
- Gary Lerude – Nashua, NH
- Cheryl – Stillwater, MN
- Chun Yung – Deep River, CT
- Meredith Slifkin – Somerville, MA
- Goertzel Family – Bellevue, WA
- S. Wong – Chappaqua, NY
- Justin Matthews – Salinas, CA
- Whartan Family – Dallas, TX
- ?? – San Gabriel, CA
- Dignity Freedom Network – Nampa, ID. These folks set the bar for the number of USB flash drives sent in and donated for USB recycling. You can see from the picture below, the three stacks in the back of the red bin, are what Dignity Freedom Network sent in – probably 75-100 flash drives. Dignity Freedom Network also sent a very nice letter explaining what their organization does – honorable work for sure! Thank you.
It is easy to be lazy. It takes work to do the right thing. With spring pretty much here it appears some folks have done a good dead and cleaned out their desk drawers and office cabinets to make some USB flash drive donations. Recycle USB will take your unwanted or un-used flash drives and put them to good use. We don’t recycle them in the traditional sense… giving to a recycling center, but rather, re-purpose the drives so less fortunate can benefit from your good deed. All drives donated to our website get digitally erased and formatted and passed along to SugarLabs.org. This is a non-profit organization who re-purposes flash drives to be sent around the world to less fortunate children who could really use them. You can learn more from their website: www.sugarlabs.org
Since our last post in late 2020, we have received a large number of drives from 21 different people from all around the country. Here is a lost of those folks: (sorry if we misspelled your name)
- Julianne Waley – Urbana, IL
- Jerome Flores – Washington, DC
- Mr Mrs McIntire – Boston, MA
- Missy Berg – Urbandale, IA
- Thomas Schady – Chicago, IL
- Kristen Kieffer – Carneys Point, NJ
- Erin Meadows – Conroe, TX
- Mr Mrs Openheim – Arlington, VA
- Lucy Vo – San Diego, CA
- Mr Mrs Melton – Plainfield, IN
- Katie Luttringer – Redwood City, CA
- Ria Michelle – Miami Beach, FL (Fashion blogger @ www.riamichelle.com)
- Mary Beth Barrett-Newmand – Evanston, IL
- Peter Henderson – Toronto, CAN
- Karen Tzong – Cerritos, CA
- Chris Reynolds – Burbank, CA
- Andrew Summers – Rockford, IL
- Kim Flaherty – Cansas City, MO
- Kathrine Michael – Washington, DC
- Vibha Agarwala – Safety Harbor, FL
- Lauren Cunningham – Sandy Springs, GA
Our last post about collected flash drives was June 12, 2020. Since that time, the following have sent in drives to help out. A big thank you for those who took the time to mail them in.
- Beth Deuer – Maineville, OH
- Aaron Christensen – Hutchinson, MN
- Taylor Durham – Los Angeles, CA
- Alice Grimmelsman – Denver, CO
- Paul Braatelien – West Chicago, IL
- J Mulqueen – Rey, NY
- Don Su – Houston, TX
- Gavin Chen – Redwood City, CA
- Jenny Martinez – Santa Monica, CA
- Ray Franz – Mundelein, IL
- Mr Milazzo – Midland, MI
- Hunter Gallahar – Houston, TX
- Travis Roberts – Knoxville, TN
- Hilpebrand – Atlanta, GA
Does it ever get tiring saying “Thank You?” It doesn’t! This post is for a big thank you to all those who sent in drives during the month of October. We continue to see the benefit of this program and the continued success. No one specific person put in a note with a request for mention, so we will simply list out those who donated:
- Jim D. – Columbia, MD
- M Sethi – Seattle, WA
- Abilene Makovi – Pataskala, OH
- J Cooper – Fulton, NY
- Julia Chu – New York, NY
- Bruce Sexton – Brooklyn, NY
- James Dellavecchia – Mount Ephraim, NJ
Lot’s of folks from New York!