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Where do I recycle old computers?

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5y, 5m agoPosted 5 years, 5 months ago
I have about a dozen old computers - including two rackmount servers - 4 or 5 dual processor workstations (the servers are about 40kg each in weight - the workstations perhaps 15kg) and 5 or 6 old PCs. The ones that were good specs had been used to run the code to try to find a cure for cancer - but they are far too old now to be viable.

They are taking up part of a room that was used as a store - but I need the space now.

Where can I recycle them - and are there any parts that might be worth trying to sell seeing Ebay has no listing fees this weekend?

I sold some of the processors already - as there were faster ones that would fit - but I never bothered buying them as the amount of electricity they used was silly.
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5y, 5m agoPosted 5 years, 5 months ago
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Africa
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You could list them all on ebay as a complete bundle, Buyer to collect.
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or freecycle them
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Yeah freecycle them then someone will take them then sell them for profit.
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Watched a programme, think it was last year about all the broken computers that were getting sent to Africa or someplace like that and just dumped at local dump sites. The people who lived near the dump searched through the dump everyday to find any part of the computers that was worth selling.
This was how they made theyre living.
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do you have any lcd/tft monitors?
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Charitys that give pc's to Africa only want newish ones when i last looked.
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DADOF7
Charitys that give pc's to Africa only want newish ones when i last looked.


Beggars can't be choosers lol
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DADOF7
Charitys that give pc's to Africa only want newish ones when i last looked.


Beggars can't be choosers lol


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DADOF7
Charitys that give pc's to Africa only want newish ones when i last looked.

It wasn't Charities that were GIVING them to other countries, it was other countries that were sending these old and broken computers to Africa (wish I could remember the country if it wasn't Africa) because they had been thrown away just to get rid of them.

Does anyone remeber this documentary?

Edited By: cath1510 on Jun 16, 2011 23:51
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tidytip
#12
Actually - add about 7 or 8 old CRT monitors to the list too - they are at the back of the room and I had not got that far yet. There was one small LCD - but I have set it up as a second screen on my computer.

There's an Iiyama 22inch flatscreen CRT I intend to keep - as it just looked so impressive having a flat large glass screen in an absolutely massive housing. The rest can go - with the exception I intend to keep a couple of the small 17 inch ones for the next decent recycling deal from Dell.

Found another three servers - two stripped and one I stopped using as it was a bit noisy. Its twin hyperthreading 2.4 xeons - so would still work well - although I took the hard drives out - so really the only viable machine with a disk added. One is a tower about table height and empty - but inside is a normal PC layout - so I think I will keep it - as you could build virtually any machine inside it with the space (easily 20 5 1/4 spaces).

The processors in the other computers were mainly about 600/700mhz - so very dated - although I think one server had six 700mhz xeons and with about eight disks in RAID which was extremely fast in its day - but could heat the room when it was running and the noise was like being on a plane. There is a warning about lifting on one saying if fully populated its weight exceeds 60kg - so I don't see it going to Africa.
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Where abouts are you? Do you have any empty PC cases?
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I am in Glasgow.

Some of the PCs were ones I built and have small towers. I guess they will be looking quite beige by now. I think there were two largish towers that are still probably boxed.

There are more PCs than I thought - but they all are about pentium 3 era. I just found my first server a Proliant 1600 from about 1998 with twin pentium 2 450mhz and a gig of ECC and 5 disk RAID. Its crazy to think it will be slower than a netbook now.
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yeah job lot on ebay, pickup only.

otherwise take it to the tip (who'll send it to africa).
1 Like #16
I've got a small collection of household pcs etc. Pity a school fete doesn;t have a smash up up a pc stall like those smash up china ones :D See skip loads of pc's, monitors in the BT yard sometimes.
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cath1510
DADOF7
Charitys that give pc's to Africa only want newish ones when i last looked.

It wasn't Charities that were GIVING them to other countries, it was other countries that were sending these old and broken computers to Africa (wish I could remember the country if it wasn't Africa) because they had been thrown away just to get rid of them.

Does anyone remeber this documentary?

i saw it and it was saying we are dumping our crap in their backyard..its disgusting as we should be recycling it not shipping our mess...and im pretty sure a lot of the stuff in the dump was toxic.

The situation at home in Kenya is reaching crisis proportions, the notorious Dandora Dumpsite in Nairobi’s Eastlands area, is choking with electronic waste ranging from obsolete television sets, computers, and fridges to mobile phones and batteries – all containing highly toxic substances. Residents surrounding the area risk contracting cancer, respiratory and skin diseases due to poisonous by-products namely lead, cadmium and mercury from electronic waste. Apart from waste discarded by Kenyans, the country also received hundreds of container loads of e-waste each month from developing countries disguised as ‘donations’.

Although there are environmental laws in Kenya that hold to account those generating toxic waste, and with the failure to comply with waste disposal standards carrying a penalty of Sh500,000 or a prison term of 18 months, Kenya faces continues to face environmental and health problems due to indiscriminate, unregulated and trade in dumping of harmful electronic waste. The prospects of this threat is made worse when one considers that Kenya is at the verge of an IT revolution and the mobile phone industry is currently at more than seven million active lines.

The rate at which these mountains of obsolete electronic products are growing will reach crisis proportions unless electronics corporations that make mega profits from making and selling these devices face up to their responsibilities. It is possible to make clean, durable products that can be upgraded, recycled, or disposed of safely and don’t end up as hazardous waste in third word country’s dumpsites.

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Edited By: plumberman01 on Jun 17, 2011 02:06
1 Like #18
speak to someone in WEEE, if you have that much kit
1 Like #19
freecycle it.
you could maybe sell off the server cases.

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