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What happens to computer equipment that businesses have replaced or machines that have simply seen better days? Often, the equipment ends up collecting dust in the corner, of little use to anyone. Worse, it winds up in some landfill, where metal, plastic and other toxic materials find their way into our already polluted environment.

Sometimes, however, unwanted computers also find their way to the Marin Computer Resource Center (MCRC) in San Rafael, California. The nonprofit organization, started in June 1994, rescues PCs, Macintoshes, printers and other computer components from early retirement, repairs them if necessary, and then puts them in the hands of the needy.

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