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How does one safely throw away a computer?

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 08:24 AM
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How does one safely throw away a computer?
They're full of cadmium and filling up the land-fills. Now that it's stripped of anything useful - do I bring it to the toxic dump?

Why are they carting those things off to the land-fills?

Are they even accepted at hazardous materials.
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 08:28 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
Where I live there are recycling centres. I deliver my used electronic components there. I don't know whether that is possible where you live, but perhaps you can check that out?
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11/24/2006 08:31 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
I'll check that out. It's not useful for refurbishment.
Don't want to dump all that hazardous waste.

Thanks
Daniel

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11/24/2006 08:32 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
YUP Donate it.

or Craigslist - list in FREE

Daniel

PS - Call a 'puter shop.
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 08:37 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
just wipe the hard drive and dump it off and some goodwill store during the middle of the night when nobody is there... or go there during the day and ask for a $500-$1000 tax writeoff on it.
Daniel

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11/24/2006 08:44 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
just wipe the hard drive and dump it off and some goodwill store during the middle of the night when nobody is there... or go there during the day and ask for a $500-$1000 tax writeoff on it.
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And Goodwill throws it in the Dumpster.

I've seen the Dumpster behind Goodwill.
They DUMP lots of stuff.

Unless they have a local Computer store.

Daniel
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 09:12 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
all the goodwills in our two state area does not take any computer stuff anymore.
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 09:26 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
Wipe the hard drive first (format, then use a big magnet) and heave the thing in the dumpster behind your building. This approach has always worked for me anyway. It's fairly safe too as I have not been injured doing this in the past.
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11/24/2006 09:32 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
heave the thing in the dumpster behind your building. This approach has always worked for me anyway.
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This is sarcasm ?.....Yes ?....HELLO ?????
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 09:33 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
At the computer place I used to work there was just 1 main rule.

ALWAYS lock the garbage can so that poor people can\'t get free computer parts.
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11/24/2006 09:36 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
At the computer place I used to work there was just 1 main rule.

ALWAYS lock the garbage can so that poor people can\'t get free computer parts.
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Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 09:37 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
At the computer place I used to work there was just 1 main rule.

ALWAYS lock the garbage can so that poor people can\'t get free computer parts.
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Yeah I have seen behind MANY stores,huge bins full of all sorts of stuff they`re chucking away....what is wrong with it ?...Well NOTHING before the store management ran a razor right through the stuff,thus rendering it useless.....what utter waste...mustn`t let anyone get anything for free now must we ?
Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 09:38 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
heave the thing in the dumpster behind your building. This approach has always worked for me anyway.

This is sarcasm ?.....Yes ?....HELLO ?????
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No, not sarcasm. The question was about safely disposing of a computer. The issue is twofold: physical safety of the person doing the disposing and data securtiy in the age of identity theft, etc.

I have been building, using and disposing of computers for many years and have never had either of the above safety issues with my disposal method.
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11/24/2006 09:41 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
heave it right in the middle of a towntown street during the middle of the night... see how many thousands of dollars of tax money they waste trying to investigate who it belongs too.
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11/24/2006 09:55 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
At the computer place I used to work there was just 1 main rule.

ALWAYS lock the garbage can so that poor people can\'t get free computer parts.






Yeah I have seen behind MANY stores,huge bins full of all sorts of stuff they`re chucking away....what is wrong with it ?...Well NOTHING before the store management ran a razor right through the stuff,thus rendering it useless.....what utter waste...mustn`t let anyone get anything for free now must we ?
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Meanwhile if you have any PC 133/266 memory going to waste I need a bunch of it in Aussie, I rebuild comps for disabled people for free, not many but it keeps me busy. tredmil
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11/24/2006 10:00 AM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
Some places recycle them for the precious metals.
Don't judge me monkey.
vicious

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11/24/2006 02:37 PM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
Just put it at the road in front of your house, someone less fortunate will come lby and pick it up.
I put four out one day and a guy brought them home, said they were for his kids.
I told him they were old and not very good.
He said any computer is better than no computer.

I even went inside to get him some keyboards and software.
" I'll cut you like a box,along the flaps."

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Anonymous Coward
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11/24/2006 02:51 PM
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Re: How does one safely throw away a computer?
If you have this sort of hazardous material in your home, then why on earth can't it go into a garbage dump where nobody lives??



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