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  • by wickline (135) on 2002.11.29 6:27 (#15104) Journal
    Start reading on this page [] around 'Keeping electronics out of garbage also protects our health and the environment'. This isn't a canonical resource AFAIK, but just the first thing to turn up in a google search. Throwing away computers is a bad idea.

    At my place of employment, we have folks who make sure that all the bits that can be recycled do get recycled, and the bits which have to be disposed of as toxic waste are so-disposed. I don't know how one goes about that sort of thing on an individual level though.

    Until a week ago, I had stacked in our guest room a large pile of old computer equipment (much of it in original packaging, hence the largeness). The pile had been there for over a year and included a desktop system, laptop system, three monitors, three printers, external hard drives, etc. All of this was excess equipment once the wife and I bought new machines.

    I told myself that I was going to sell it all to somebody. However, I didn't want to deal with a zillion small individual sales, so I wrote up a flyer to sell the whole mess at one price. Nobody bought it. I told myself I'd sell it on ebay. I never got around to it. I told myself I'd give it all away. I kept not getting around to it.

    Finally last week we took it all to the Salvation Army (along with some bags of clothing and other stuff). It had been sitting around the house so long that I was just glad to be rid of it, and didn't give a hoot about not getting money for any of it!

    If you can't find an in-house life for old machines (as router, print server, mp3 server, dual-ethernet NAT/firewall etc), and you can't be bothered to sell them, please don't throw them away. Your environment will thank you. (OK, it won't, but it should, and I'm sure it would if it could.) Offer to set the system up for your neighbor's kid (we have no neighbors with kids), or call your local Salvation Army or Goodwill.