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Recycle your old computers

Hillsborough County is hoping that people who already recycle newspapers, aluminum cans and glass bottles will consider recycling something else: their personal computers.

A program started in April called "Computers for Kids" recycles old computers and places them in recreation centers and libraries for children to use after school and during summer programs. County Commission Chairman Jim Norman, who helped create the program, said he got the idea after seeing a used computer in a trash bin.

A month into the program, donations dropped. The county is now hoping to encourage people to donate their old hardware and software. IBM-compatible 386 PCs are at the top of the wish list, but any type of computer will be accepted. Software can be donated as long as the owner turns over the software license. Hard drives with unlicensed software will be erased.

The program also needs money to help maintain equipment or buy software. Sent donations to Friends of the Parks, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa, FL 33604. Or call 975-2160.

Computers can be dropped off at the following locations:

Parks and Recreation Department's Maintenance Unit II, 78th Street at the Crosstown Expressway. Contact: Jeff March, 744-5815.

Lutz Branch Library, 101 W Lutz-Lake Fern Road. Contact: Alan Nichter, 264-3800.

West Gate Branch Library, 7606 Paula Drive. Contact: Carolyn Rankin, 554-5031.

Ruskin Branch Library, 1 SE Dickman Drive. Contact: Peggy Stapleton, 671-7638.

Main Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Contact: Marilyn Mulla, 273-3652.