the other thing to do with your old computer

Brent Finnegan -- June 28th, 2007

Thanh and I have written about electronics recycling here before, but there’s an article in today’s DNR about a different kind of electronics recycling. I was just having a conversation with someone the other day, and we agreed that most people we know who recycle (myself included) often forget the other Rs: reduce and reuse.

5 Responses to “the other thing to do with your old computer”

  1. That is a great idea, now I know where my home unit is going.

    Also kids, if you have old, damaged or useless cell phone and chargers that can be recycled please bring them to us at 498 “D” University Blvd, right next door to Vintage Wines and we will pack them up and get the tot he recycling center. In return, for each cell phone we recycle, soldiers receive 1 – 60 minute calling card so they can keep in touch with their loved ones.

    Thank you !

  2. Josh says:

    This is great! 7 years ago, I was working for a large company in Harrisonburg. I was responsible for getting rid a large number (>50, maybe >100) of older but still usable computers, and there was no local firm able to take them in. I called schools, charities, etc., and no one was interested. Ultimately, I convinced Goodwill of Salem, VA send a truck up.

  3. MikeFus says:

    This is excellent information. As someone who works in IT (and has had lots of old computer components laying around my home office), I frequently have the need to get rid of old computer and electronics equipment. Many retail electronics outlets (Crutchfield, Circuit City, etc) are starting to collect old electronics equipment (stereos, typewriters, monitors, etc) for recycling. However, they all charge >$10 for them. I have also recently found that Goodwill Industries accepts used electronics for recycling.

    Also, if you have older laptops and PCs and want to go the Re-use route, there are quite a few cool ways to reuse them if you are technically inclined, or know someone who is. Here are a couple of links to some ideas:
    Turn an Old PC into a TIVO
    Turn it into a firewall for your home network
    Turn an old laptop into a digital picture frame
    Use an old laptop screen to make a backyard theater projector
    Install Ubuntu Linux on it – an excellent Windows replacement!

    Also, just google “old PC” or “old Laptop” and you can find lots of suggestions and how-tos.

  4. David Troyer says:

    I’ve also been given the responsibility of getting rid of a large number of business computers. I managed to find Computer Recycling of Virginia, and they were most helpful.

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