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What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:39 pm

With the pace of technology it seems that we replace computers, VCRs and other such a equipment on a semi regular basis.

At our work it seems like every month we are throwing away old 15" CRT monitors; who use those things anyway when you can use new LCD screens. We even have stuff at our office like old typewriters and filing cabinets that might be of little use but it seems like a waste to throw them away.

Where do they go.

Does all the stuff that we throw away end up in a land fill somewhere that one day it will seep out of the ground and haunt us in the future.

I have heard, maybe someone could educate me, that in some places in the world like India & Bangladesh can take apart our unwanted electrical stuff and reuse the metals inside the units.

It seems the cost of raw materials isn't really expensive enough to warrant proper recycling of some items, and with the cost of labour in an industrial world it isn't cost effective to try and dispose or recycle.

In a modern society do we waste many resources on unwanted goods that were purchased or manufactured that were never really put to proper use.

Maybe in Australia we have an abundance of raw materials and space to hide our garbage.

What about in Europe and North America is recycling an important part of your lives.
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:50 pm

Quoting BNE (Thread starter):
Maybe in Australia we have an abundance of raw materials and space to hide our garbage.

You live on a continent with similar land surface area to the moon... of course you have space to hide garbage, thats why the brits used to send their criminals there... Plenty of space... :P
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:54 pm

It's a major problem - that's why we've just got a new recycling regulation for electronic equipment.

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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:34 am

Quoting BNE (Thread starter):
At our work it seems like every month we are throwing away old 15" CRT monitors;

I know plenty of folks who are going to not like my ideas on the subject but here is what me and a few buddies did with an old monitor, fax machine, microwave, and a super nintendo, we shot em! They were all broken and there is no recycling where I live due to the fact it is isolated and it costs about 4x the amount to ship equipment out than you get from recycling it. So before hunting season we went to sight in our rifles, and when that was done, we preceded to take turns shooting at them from 350-400 yards. They were pretty well thrashed when it was done, but by no means was it easy to hit a SNES @350.
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:48 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 3):
So before hunting season we went to sight in our rifles

*insert assorted redneck jokes here*
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:06 am

In England, at our local tips (public dumping area) we have around 20 diffrent dumping areas which is all recycled....From Grass, Metal and Wood to Glass Dishwashers and Microwave ovens we have a way of recycling it.

I have 6 diffrent bins at my household, one for Grass, one for glass, one for flamible items, one for regular garbage, one for electrical equipment and one for paper and that it just at my house! These were all supplied, free by the local council.

In England the councils do everything they can to get us to recycle!

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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:12 am

Quoting BradWray (Reply 5):
In England the councils do everything they can to get us to recycle!

Not Every Council... I Live in West Sussex and Crawley Borough Council has only recently started encouraging recycling. They haven't done a good job either... they just lamped a green bin on the door step expecting people to "use it" correctly. No leaflets were handed out, no information was passed on what to put in the bins and they were a complete flop. Even now, all i know is that i can not put builders rubble in it or start a fire in it (its made of plastic).
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:13 am

Hey Guys, Here in Sweden we recycle electronics as this is my job. We take in any electrical equipment and sort it out buy material type. Plastic, wood, metal scrap, Electronics, computer boards, and so on. The only things we completely disassemble are TVs, computer monitors, computers, and axillary power units to remove the batteries. Stuff like Radios, VCRs, DVD players, and telephones go into electronic scrap to be crushed.

The funny thing about the stuff we get is 95% of the stuff works and alot of it comes still in the box. Just today got a P4 Dell laptop with the works and a Acer with a P4 80 gig hd etc. Powered them up and work just fine.


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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:15 am

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 4):
*insert assorted redneck jokes here*

LOL I knew that was coming from someone. For future reference though, in AK we arent rednecks, we prefer brush apes.
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:05 pm

The CRT screens are something very easy to dispose of. Go to a top floor of the building open window, drop and watch them explode.

I did that quite a number of times at my old school when they had some stuff to dispose of. Made for quite a nice show. We did however take precautions so that nobody was actually under the path of the projectiles.
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 2):
It's a major problem - that's why we've just got a new recycling regulation for electronic equipment

"We" means the whole EU. Any recycling costs are now embedded in the price of new equipment. Your local community information service will have been informed.
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:30 am


If it cannot be used.
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:47 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 11):
If it cannot be used.

..send it to India?
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:49 am

when something is outdate for me, it get's blown up. makes for fun times.
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Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:53 am

 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:56 am

Quoting Scott2187 (Reply 13):
when something is outdate for me, it get's blown up. makes for fun times.

That's what I do with a lot of stuff, or set it on fire... Maybe I'm a pyro, but what's better than a marshmellow roast over a pile of old VCR's?  Wink

In all honesty though, if it still works I will try to give it away or take it to the pawn shop down the street to try and recoup part of the cost of it. I've also been known to sell it on eBay for dirt cheap prices. Or if worse comes to worse, and the marshmellow roast is out, throw it at the curb the day before garbage day and someone is bound to pick it up and try to make it work at their place.
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 3:56 am

Quoting Eilennaei (Reply 12):
..send it to India

Not these days.unless its Jobs,the rest are moving out of the country  wink 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:00 am

Quoting NeilYYZ (Reply 15):
but what's better than a marshmellow roast over a pile of old VCR's?

you know that it's not really safe to eat marshmellow's cooked over burning plastic, right?
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:11 am

Quoting Scott2187 (Reply 17):
you know that it's not really safe to eat marshmellow's cooked over burning plastic, right?

Unless its for the Noisy neighbour  Smile

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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:17 am

Where I used to work we gave old electronic equipment such as computers, printers and things to local charities and non-profit organisations.

If it was actually broken we'd have more fun with it  biggrin 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:24 am

Here we have the law that all sellers of electronic equipment have to take back the old. Most will be recycled.
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:28 am

Quoting ZRH (Reply 20):
Most will be recycled.

..and the rest sent to India on a slow big ship that will be beached somewhere near the Pakistani border and broken asunder.

Well actually the new EU directives require the recycling centres be fenced. In Finland the Russians were previously known to search for used equipment in such places and take it home for free. That sort of recycling had to stopped by the Union as it was almost too close to the idea of a functional recycling...

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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Thu Apr 13, 2006 4:56 am

Quoting WellHung (Reply 14):

I was going to say, why not drive it out to a secluded field, throw fish on it and beat the hell out of it with a bat! It DOES feel good. Big grin
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:40 am

Quoting YWG (Reply 22):
I was going to say, why not drive it out to a secluded field, throw fish on it and beat the hell out of it with a bat! It DOES feel good.

It does feel good, I did the 'Office Space' thing to my printer and computer not too long ago....after I got a new one of course. It felt sooooo damn good!
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Mon Apr 24, 2006 12:25 pm

Last year, I got rid of my old computer and monitor to a recycling day for them and hazardous materials (like leftover oil based paint paint, bug killers, propane containers) done by my parents home county government. Probably the used computer equipment went to some 3rd world country and there are problem with how they recycle.
If you do dispose of any old computers with hard drives, and you don't want it used, then you must remove and destroy the hard drive to prevent access to your private info that may still be on it, even after using eraser programs. Something like a 10 pound sledgehammer works good....  biggrin 
 
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:00 pm

At my work they throw away tons of computer hardware. It goes in the trash to be hauled to the nearest landfill where it gets crushed before slowly releasing various hazardous chemicals. This is how things work in America, and how it will probably always work. Concepts like environmental contamination are considered nothing but old wives' tales here in pro-business Jesusland. Why bother to protect the environment when you can just wait until your grandchildren develop some odd cancer and then pray that "god" will make it go away?
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RE: What To Do With Old Electronic Equipment

Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:12 pm

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