Equipment Reuse programs are places where you may buy, sell, or donate “used” Assistive Technology. Programs include physical store locations and on-line services.
The following programs are available to Maine citizens looking for used and recycled AT:
Spurwink ALLTECH accepts donations of “gently used” assistive technology and durable medical equipment, and sanitizes and restores the equipment to good working condition. This equipment is then made available for purchase, and often provides consumers with a savings of 50-80% over the cost of new equipment.
Spurwink ALLTECH is located at 892 Riverside Street, Portland, ME 04103. The phone number is 207-535-2017
Donors of equipment should contact Spurwink ALLTECH to discuss the criteria for acceptable equipment and arrangements for transfer. Visit the Spurwink ALLTECH website.
Other Places in Maine Where You Can Get Reused AT Equipment
Submitting an ad to Alpha One is quick and easy. After your ad has been reviewed and is authorized, it will be posted within 24 to 48 hours. All ads are subject to the approval of Alpha One (No services or job listings please!). Visit the Alpha One Classified website .
Uncle Henry’s is an institution in Maine having published a weekly classified ad publication for over 30 years. They do not list Assistive Technology equipment as such, but you can search for specific items or look in the “Senior Selections” area for items like wheelchairs and other devices used around the house. Visit the Uncle Henry’s website .
Regional Hearing Aid Bank – ReHAB
The Regional Hearing Aid Bank – ReHAB is designed to provide one hearing aid to those members of our community who are unable to afford them. It utilizes donated behind-the-ear hearing aids that can be refurbished and reprogrammed for use by another person. The ReHAB program is designed particularly for members of the community who are unable to be served by the Veterans’ Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation program, insurances or other third-party providers and whose annual income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
There is an application process for these services. Applications are available by calling the PCHC/Warren Center at 404-8080 or may be picked up at the PCHC/Warren Center office at 992 Union Street, Bangor.
Donations of hearing aids to benefit the ReHAB program are always accepted. Behind-the-ear hearing aids of all makes and models are those used for refurbishment and placement. In-the-ear hearing aids are recycled, and the proceeds are then used to help with the costs of refurbishing the behind the ear hearing aids. Hearing aids may be dropped off or mailed to the PCHC/Warren Center office at 992 Union Street, Bangor, Maine 04401.
PCs for MAINE is a nonprofit effort to increase technology access for people and nonprofits that need technology to achieve important goals. This program provides a combination of new, refurbished and custom computers with support and training for the lowest cost possible. Visit the PCs for Maine website
The Surplus Property Division provides various mechanisms for the disposition of state surplus materials and equipment that are no longer needed by the state department that purchased them. This includes monthly sales, property offered for bid, public sales and public auctions. In addition, federal surplus property is obtained for donation to qualifying state, public or non-profit organizations throughout Maine. Visit the Maine State Surplus website .
PCs for People provides services to both individuals and businesses looking to acquire or dispose of technology. Any family or individual receiving government benefits or living below 200% of the federal poverty line is eligible for services. In addition to the services offered directly to families, PCs for People offer free recycling and data sanitization services to corporations. PCs for People’s corporate recycling services are extremely simple, cost efficient, helps those in need, and is a better alternative to traditional recycling. Visit the PCs for People website
Other Places to Donate Used AT Equipment
Partners for World Health has partnered with over 100 facilities in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts to establish medical recycling programs. We provide recycle bins for each floor of a facility and educate the nurses and housekeepers on their use. In addition, facility managers gather large durable medical equipment such as beds, exam tables, and wheelchairs. Every week, PWH volunteers pick up the supplies and equipment and take it to our distribution center where it is sorted and processed for shipment to countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. We have partnered with representatives from hospitals in over 20 countries who assure us that the supplies and equipment reach hospitals and clinics in need. Visit Partners for World Health website for more information