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Photos of HP's 200,000 square-foot computer graveyard


Top computer makers Dell and Hewlett-Packard have gotten big into the computer recycling business in recent years to help consumers, businesses, and the industry deal with the hordes of old equipment gathering dust in dark corners.

Below is one of 13 photos from the Hewlett-Packard Recycling Center in Roseville, California. This originally comes from the News.com story "HP grindhouse: Where old PCs go to die" by Erica Ogg.

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10 comments
2GuysTalking
2GuysTalking

Did we ever figure out what they're doing with the "stuff" they showcase here? There are a couple of dependable US-based processors that specialize in domestic, landfill-less, demanufacture and recycling outfits that could surely help.

parvaflorum
parvaflorum

I think that it would be a great idea to let people that are doing non-profit work or just poor enough to want to go through that stuff and build what they need. Id personally spends hours upon hours in a place like that. My folding farm would be truly impressive.

parvaflorum
parvaflorum

i wish that i could stoll amongst the aisles of this place that they speak of. What a wonderland filled with bits n bobs of tech...ahhh a proprietarily designed MEC card by HP...Yippeee been looking for one of those for awhile. See it could be fun.

gsaravin
gsaravin

perhaps the manufacturers could allow some sort of fossicking probably for a fee? also allow some sort of recycling mick

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

It's just a tiny little virus that did them in.

gsaravin
gsaravin

leaky capacitors they are meant to last for 5 years.Who is going to bother & change them???

Coeur-de-Lion
Coeur-de-Lion

how exactly are the componenents going to be recycled or disposed of?

gsaravin
gsaravin

i would like to know how they can recycle the components on a motherboard. ta mick

gsaravin
gsaravin

recycling things does come at a cost i think industry needs to redesign so that they don't end up as landfill.if they can put it in the melting pot & recreate the object??? ta mick

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I'll see if I can figure out more about the process and write about it in a follow-up post.