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HayGan
05-23-2008, 09:06 AM
We have several old CPUs and monitors that we need to get rid of. Anyone have any suggestions on how to safely get rid of these. I don't want to landfill them and ideally I would like to find a place that will clear the hard drives for us.

HunnyPots
05-23-2008, 09:32 AM
Well you can do what my dh does: keep them forever and let them collect a ton of dust all the while saying, "I'm gonna do something with that". :rolleyes:
Seriously, I'd love to know what to do with them as well...

Fizzgig
05-23-2008, 09:33 AM
If you have a drill, take the hard drives out and put a few holes through the platters.

Call your local electronics store and ask if they have a recycling program they use or can recommend.

Call your local school district and see if they can use the machines.

8 Ears
05-23-2008, 10:09 AM
You can do what our youngest DS did with his "old one"

Used it for target practice with his BB Gun!! :idea: :scared1: :headache:
:rotfl: :lmao: :rotfl2:

Scrapfriend
05-23-2008, 11:15 AM
Staples (and probably others) will take them if you pay a fee. I know in our area (wa state) some organizations have fund raisers with a local recycler, where part of the fee comes back to the organization. A search online of your local county or city may come up with some answers too.

Brer Shay
05-23-2008, 11:29 AM
Twice a year our county has an electronics recycling day. You can take monitors, cpus, laptops, phones, batteries, etc.. and they dispose of it properly. I think they raid them for metals, but I'm not sure. As PP said, drill some holes through your hard drive first.

InstImpres
05-23-2008, 12:20 PM
I would call the town recyling center. We only used to be able to do it twice a year on a county level but now the town has regular dates and other places we can bring them in between. All no to low fee (I think it was $5 last time)

Foladar
05-23-2008, 12:34 PM
Staples and Office Depot does that recycling thing near us. Its about 10 bucks for a monitor, maybe 15.

You could try this site: http://earth911.org/

AnninIowa
05-23-2008, 12:43 PM
Put them out by the curb with a "FREE" sign - someone will take them!

Sandy321
05-23-2008, 12:45 PM
a neighbor has a business, where he collects this old cpu's and gathers the gold out of them :confused3 Its beyond my knowledge of motherboards cpu's monitors etc... but with gold at $900 an ounce... I cant imagine why we're being charged with taking it away...

mountdew1
05-23-2008, 01:19 PM
Before you do anything with em, SCRUB EM YOURSELF! Look for a program called Darik's Boot And Nuke. You download a disc image. (Most major CD burning programs support this. Burn the image to a disc. Put the CD in your drive, and boot it up. Instead of booting into windows you should be able to boot into the program. Pick a level of erasing, and let it rip. It's a free program that will erase your HD to department of defense levels or better.

Once you have done that, check with local charities and schools. Many places won't accept terribly old PC's or PC's without an operating system, but check around first. If no local places will take them, hit up ebay for the computers. Sell them for 5 or 10 bucks, most likely they will get bought for parts alone. Check with your local dump for laws regarding the disposal of monitors. Some states it is illegal to trash CRT monitors and you will need to pay the recycling fee.

mountdew1
05-23-2008, 01:22 PM
a neighbor has a business, where he collects this old cpu's and gathers the gold out of them :confused3 Its beyond my knowledge of motherboards cpu's monitors etc... but with gold at $900 an ounce... I cant imagine why we're being charged with taking it away...

Because its hazardous to remove the gold. Doing so involves toxic chemicals that release stuff into the air from my understanding. It is possible he is just pulling off the visible gold, but then he still ends up tossing lots of possible metal. And along with the metal, he is tossing some toxic stuff. The CPU's aren't usually hard to dispose, its the monitors with the gases that are really bad.

Mickeyorbust
05-23-2008, 01:32 PM
I second the donating to charity one. There are a lot of charities that will take them. Something like a home for battered women and children, veterans services, etc. Some have IT professionals volunteer to fix them and set them up.

JandJ
05-23-2008, 03:08 PM
If they are too old to donate to a school or charity and you need to dispose of them you need to find a chemical recycling place or chemical dump. Our county has a chemical recycling place that's open once a month and that's the only place to safely (legally??) dispose of them. We've taken a couple monitors there. Call your county garbage collection office about chemical dumping or recycling.

Taja
05-23-2008, 04:08 PM
Our city operates a mobile hazardous waste collection site 8 or 9 months of the year (not during the summer--it's too hot!). I removed my hard drives, drilled holes in them, then took the old computers (along with old CFL bulbs, batteries, etc.) to the collection site. The program serves a large area, so they move it to make it more accessible to everyone at some point during the year.

Check with your city/county and see if they offer something similar.

ldrprn
05-23-2008, 09:10 PM
thanks for the advice. WE have several cluttering up the dining room. I'd love to get them out of the house.

abeyst
05-24-2008, 05:53 PM
My step-dad works at a recycle business where they pick up this kind of stuff from businesses. I know they'd take stuff people wanted to drop off, maybe y'all can check your local phone book for recycling businesses. It would be easier to go to your local recycling center, but as a last resort you could try this.

moretigger
05-24-2008, 08:55 PM
Haygan -

The goodwill store on the southside of Pittsburgh has a computer donation center. It is right on Carson street.

petlvr1064
05-24-2008, 09:28 PM
i work for good will in iowa and recently we stared a computer reclying program people donate them and then they are sent away and sold for scrap or refurbused and sold in our stores. i do not know if any good will out side good will of the heartland is doi ng this but it is worth checking in to.

mmkk
05-25-2008, 01:30 PM
I don't know how "old" your computer is but there is a website for donation of computers- www.1000computers.org. But I think they are only accepting Pentium III or newer.

rflorek
05-26-2008, 08:12 PM
I took out the hard drive and brought it to my county's recycling center. A couple of times per month, you can bring consumer electronics there for free.

hopemax
05-26-2008, 08:28 PM
In Scottsdale, one of the local Boy Scout troops holds an electronics swap meet once a month, and as part of that, they collect old electronics for disposal. We pull the hard drives, but we've taken old CPU's, monitors, scanner, printer, tvs, various cables. You could see if there is a troop that does the same in your area.

Tricia911
05-27-2008, 09:45 PM
Give them away on Freecycle. to find one near you try Freecycle.org

jlima
05-28-2008, 12:31 AM
Here in Las Vegas a local charity called The Blind Center of Southern Nevada has a computer recycling program . . .they do charge about $10 - $15 for some items for haz mat disposal.

flowerpower
05-28-2008, 04:40 AM
We're fortunate in my city- we have weekly curbside metal pick up (electronics, computer, and any item made of metal- unlimited amount) that is part of our trash fee. You call into the voicemail and listen to the dates of the next scheduled pick up.

As I understand, it is a luctrative operation for the company that provides this third party service.

Cindy B
05-28-2008, 05:51 AM
There is also a handheld device that wipes the drive as well. Now, this may not be available in a usual store but you can order it.

DH has been doing this stuff for a very long time and has one of these devices.

mjkacmom
05-28-2008, 06:09 AM
Our town picks up these items once a week, if we call. I think DH hit it with a sledge hammer first.

Sandy321
05-28-2008, 06:16 AM
Because its hazardous to remove the gold. Doing so involves toxic chemicals that release stuff into the air from my understanding. It is possible he is just pulling off the visible gold, but then he still ends up tossing lots of possible metal. And along with the metal, he is tossing some toxic stuff. The CPU's aren't usually hard to dispose, its the monitors with the gases that are really bad.

Thanks for that information!! He works or owns a business, I got the impression it was a recycling center type place - I didnt really pay much attention to it all!