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Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: 11/22/06 Recycle, reuse, or donate? What should I do with my old PC?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) November 21, 2006 12:37 PM PST

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11/22/06 Recycle, reuse, or donate? What should I do with my old PC?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 11/21/06 12:37 PM


My question isn't as technical as it is practical. Over the years, my wife and I have accumulated three desktops and a laptop computer that are outdated. What does one do with these things? I know there are environmental issues involved in disposal of the monitors. Also, it seems like a waste to just throw away these machines. Is there something like a home for aged computers or someone who would use the components rather than adding them to a landfill? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

(Note: There is really no wrong or right answer to this question from David, so if you have suggestions or creative ways to reuse, renew, or recycle old and outdated computers, please share them with us.)

Submitted by: David L.

Hi everyone,

This past week we received well over 600+ answers to David L.'s question. And while all the answers received from our members were wonderful and valid, we couldn't list them all because of the sheer volume of answers. So I do apologize for not having them all listed.

The general consensus of our members' recommendations were to donate them to charity or any organization that can help out others who are less fortunate. So for some ideas of where you can donate your old computer equipment; here is a list of places that came up quite frequently from your answers:

-- Local schools
-- Local churches
-- Orphanages
-- Senior centers
-- Non-profit organizations
-- Salvation Army/Goodwill
-- Shelters for battered women, the homeless, etc...
-- Public libraries
-- 3rd world countries

If your computer equipment is too old or non-functional, you can always recycle them at your local recycling center or community electronic waste event.

And of course the third option is to sell your equipment on eBay or other classified market places.

All in all -- the last resort is to dump these items into the trash bin--as most electronic equipment does contain possible hazardous materials that are not healthy for our environment. So remember, it's always best to recycle or reuse whenever possible.

To give you an idea of how broad of an audience this Community newsletter reaches, we received answers from Ireland, China, India, Australia, Gambia, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, The Philippines, Canada, Mexico, US, and many other countries. It's always great to see people from all over the world.

Thank you all for your participation and contribution to this question! You guys are the best!

Take care and best regards,
-Lee Koo
CNET Community

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