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What to do with old useless equipment?

By Aldanatech ·
Corporations, schools, and other organizations can have a great demand for computers and other equipment. If any of that equipment fails we can usually fix it or salvage it for the company. Other times we might salvage that equipment for non-profit organizations or developing countries. The same usually applies to old equipment that works as well. But what about non-salvageable equipment such useless motherboards or monitors, burned RAM chips or power supplies? What is the best way to deal with all that useless equipment? I heard countless cases of people that rooms full of old and useless equipment just sitting there.

Some suggest that we should just throw it away and be done with it. Others believe that because of environmental issues, there should be a proper way to safely dispose all that stuff. What do you think?

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Deja Vu all over again

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Here is a Free Recycling ...

Where have I read this before?

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Office Depot etc.

by chriswales In reply to What to do with old usele ...

At different times during the year, Office Depot will offer a free recycling program; you just need to bring your equipment to them. Dell does the same thing occasionally as well as offering a recycling program for a minimal fee.

Watch out for data though. Use a good diskwiping application (that meets DoD specs) on any hard drives that leave the company.

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Here is a Free Recycling Program.

by michael.n.jones In reply to Office Depot etc.
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Open your local phone book: SALVAGE

by Mr. Tinker In reply to What to do with old usele ...

There are many salvage yards that also take computer "waste" and at $0.50 to $0.85 cents per pound, there is a GOOD reason to drop off 200 lbs of computer boards. Reputable yards abound, and what you and I consider waste, is still salvagable beyond us. Gold contacts, and Chips is what the salvage yard gets paid for, and that keeps them open for "our waste". Besides, isn't $100.00 bucks in your pocket worth that effort?

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Here is a Free Recycling Program.

by michael.n.jones In reply to Open your local phone boo ...
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Here is a Free Recycling Program.

by michael.n.jones In reply to What to do with old usele ...

I have sent several items directly to this company, they offer free recycing, all you have to do is box it up and ship it to them, they even have boxes that you can get to ship it to them.

http://www.amchisales.com/index_files/page0002.htm

You can also email them at recycle@amchisales.com

I know that they are currently ramping their recycling website at http://www.amchisales.com/recycle but you can still view what they do on the page listed above.

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Thank you

by Aldanatech In reply to Here is a Free Recycling ...

Thank you Michael. You have given us a great alternative.

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Recycle Charge

by LouK In reply to What to do with old usele ...

In Switzerland all computer equipment has a recycling charge added at the point of sale. All kit must be recycled but as you have already paid it's not problem. They tend to be good at recycling everything they can in Switzerland anyway, if you put glass bottles out with your rubbish you will be fined by the rubbish police.

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I don't have that problem.

by Montgomery Gator In reply to What to do with old usele ...

However, I heard some guys use Viagra.

..uh wait a minute. I reread your post, so I guess we are talking about something else here :-)

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A couple of years ago, I had an old Win 95 box

by Montgomery Gator In reply to What to do with old usele ...

It was an old Packard-Bell computer. Instead of throwing the piece of junk away, I wiped the drive, then used the disk that came with it to reinstall the OS. I then gave it to the local Goodwill, so they could sell it, and I got a nice (if small) tax deduction for it.

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