E-Waste Recycling Weekend

che 6 August 2009 24

The People of Riot ask and they shall receive.

TAMS E-Waste Recycling Weekend on 15-16 August at 4 locations around Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Last time this was run there were big queues so be prepared to wait or go to one of the other sites.

Details available on the TAMS flyer.

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24 Responses to E-Waste Recycling Weekend
damien haas damien haas 11:41 pm 26 Aug 10

Just drill through your drive. nothing will bring it back.

Qaxter Qaxter 9:36 pm 26 Aug 10

I have finished collecting computers and associated ewaste – I got over 500 items and had a lot of fun thanks to all callers. One house had over 50 PCs and boards by the boxfull – the dude got a bedroom back out of it….

Thanks RiotAct got a great response from the above comment I posted just over a year ago.

Kramer Kramer 4:13 pm 14 Aug 09

Awesome – I’ve got a huge load of gear that has been waiting for the next free ewaste event!

Knowing Canberrans, and their thirst for IT (and subsequent replacement of old kit), I reckon there will be a big turn out.

trevar trevar 9:44 am 09 Aug 09

You would think, wouldn’t you, that when I came back and checked the details, that I would also look at the date! I even checked the location and time THREE TIMES before going out, but it never occurred to me to check the date!

Oh well, I will now nominate myself for the title of Goose of the Week for the second week running…

And next week, I will probably forget entirely, and be Goose of the Week a third time!

Anna Key Anna Key 8:06 am 09 Aug 09

trevar said :

I went to the Greenway site yesterday, and there was no one collecting e-waste there at the time advertised. Will try Mugga this morning…

Try next weekend

trevar trevar 7:32 am 09 Aug 09

I went to the Greenway site yesterday, and there was no one collecting e-waste there at the time advertised. Will try Mugga this morning…

Danman Danman 12:26 pm 07 Aug 09

Writing zeros over data up to x amount of times is standard on mac.

It also complies with international data destruction standards too 🙂

The cat did it The cat did it 11:57 am 07 Aug 09

Nailguns are an effective way to render disks useless, but they complicate recycling …

Qaxter Qaxter 11:40 am 07 Aug 09

Here is a link to a utility that will clean a hard drive of files and make it very safe to dispose of confident that your data has been obliterated;


This sort of utility deletes files and overwrites the disk with data to prevent someone from using a data recovery tool to restore deleted files – its a better option than just file deletes or formatting a drive.

Personally I find physical destruction of the disk platter(s) more satisfying.

housebound housebound 4:24 pm 06 Aug 09

We’ve been waiting for this.

Another good deed by RA.

Qaxter Qaxter 4:16 pm 06 Aug 09

I take them all apart, sort plastics, steel, brass, copper and plated components. Drives are opened for their magnets and platters and are generally made with a nice chunk of aluminum. The plated components are processed to yield precious metals, mainly gold and silver which I refine. Its a lot of work but I find it quite amusing and get lots of good junk for my other projects. I have done about 100 so far over the past six weeks or so

More than happy to physically destroy a drive in front of the security concerned types, not a bad way to go if you are getting rid of an old PC if your handy with a screwdriver have a variety of torx bits and a largish hammer, gloves and safety goggles 🙂

Breaking the platters is the best bet but just destroying the controller board for the drive would make it very hard to get data off the drive.

H1NG0 H1NG0 3:50 pm 06 Aug 09

I just signed up so I’ll give it a whirl

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 3:48 pm 06 Aug 09

lodge it with freecycle. 🙂

H1NG0 H1NG0 3:36 pm 06 Aug 09

Ah well looks like I’m going to have to do the midnight covert kerb ditch. If anyone wants an old grey fabric lounge, give me a yell.

Sammy Sammy 3:24 pm 06 Aug 09

Just out of curiousity, how do you make money from old computer parts when recylcing places like Mitchell is charging for their disposal?

By going through your hard-drive before it’s “destroyed during recycling process” and stealing your “private data” to assume your identity?

caf caf 2:51 pm 06 Aug 09

Nah if you put a sign saying “Free” it might not… but if you put a sign saying “$10” on it it’ll definitely disappear 😉

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:50 pm 06 Aug 09

Plant clippings have the greenwaste people at the tip, (Cahill Bros?) freecycle the lounges\microwave if they’re serviceable, and days like this one are for the monitors.

There are “leave things out on the kerb, people will take them” days organised, otheriwse put a sign saying “Free” on it and it will probably disappear.

H1NG0 H1NG0 2:38 pm 06 Aug 09

Does anyone know if there any kind of “council cleanup” in Canberra where you ditch all your crap on the kerbside on a designated date and someone picks it up? When I lived in Orange we used to get this a couple of times a year maybe.

I have a couple of 2 seater lounges, a microwave and PC monitor to get rid off along with other kinds of crap (including plant clippings) and I have no idea how I’m going to get rid of it all.

Igglepiggle Igglepiggle 1:34 pm 06 Aug 09

Fantastic news, thanks for letting us know

Jivrashia Jivrashia 11:35 am 06 Aug 09

Cheers for that Peter. Since you’re in Downer, I think I might just pop over from the next suburn where I live and drop it off.

Peter’s ad on Allclassifieds here.

Just out of curiousity, how do you make money from old computer parts when recylcing places like Mitchell is charging for their disposal?

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