Luckily I turned up relatively early for the first day of the free computer recycling this weekend. Arriving about 10:00, an hour after the nominated start time, the traffic was already starting to backup on Flemington Road at the Mitchell Resource Management Centre. After about a 30 minute wait I got to the front of the line of cars dropping off their electronic flotsam. I was asked a couple of quick questions and then proceeded to ditch 3 old boxes (including the original RiotACT server – RIP Liberty1); a couple of CRT monitors; an ancient keyboard; and a whole box of old cables, modems, PCI cards, and other PCBs. All of the old hardware was being loaded into shipping containers for recycling at some magical place far, far, away (probably a poor Asian country, with no OHAS legislation).
So for about an hour of my time, it was very worthwhile disposing of old kit which would have cost me about $200 to dispose of on any other weekend. Thanks ACT Govt!
As I left there were even longer lines of cars backed up on Flemington Road. So if you’re planning on going tomorrow for the last day, you should try to get there early.