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Free computer recycling weekend – takes MegaHertz out of disposal costs

By Kramer - 15 August 2009 27

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.

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molongloid 1:14 am 20 Aug 09

Seconding what R. Slicker said, Charity Computers at Charnwood will take all working gear. I’ve had boxes and boxes of stuff go to them. The odd broken computer system too (salvaging the sub-components that work I guess). http://www.charitycomputers.com/

bd84 10:02 pm 17 Aug 09

TP 3000 said :

bd84 said :

When I went to the Tuggeranong collection point a bit before 2pm this arvo it was closed with a sign saying “the collection point is full, please visit Mugga Way or Queanbeyan sites”,

That was mentioned on the radio on the 11am news

I apologise for not turning on the radio at 10.59am and listening intently for the news. I did not realise they intended on broadcasting the sites at which they were full on the 11am news..

Primal 8:35 pm 17 Aug 09

There was an article in the CT quoting the workers involved saying that this was bigger than any of their events in Sydney or Brisbane. Says a lot about the impact of no bulk waste collection.

che 7:27 pm 17 Aug 09

Pretty successful day from what I hear.
And they’ve got more to pick up from school disposals on Tuesday.

The ABC says they got 20,000 items of e-waste.

R. Slicker 9:05 am 17 Aug 09

Trunking symbols said :

I was under the impression that “recycling” meant that working items would be “refurbished, onsold as whole units or donated” to use their own words. If I’d known that I wouldn’t have taken in two working towers, a printer/fax/copier that needed minor repairs and an obsolete (but still working) modem.

If you want your old working computer gear to be refurbished and onsold take it to Charity Computers at the old Charny High building. They’re not in the phone book but you can find them via Google.

Joshua 4:21 am 17 Aug 09

eh_steve said :

With regard to the poor asian country…

I remember reading this a while back, be sure to go through the slide show. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1870485,00.html

The US Frontline program did a good program on the dumping of Western e-waste into poor countrues recently too:
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/ghana804/video/video_index.html

TP 3000 11:07 pm 16 Aug 09

bd84 said :

When I went to the Tuggeranong collection point a bit before 2pm this arvo it was closed with a sign saying “the collection point is full, please visit Mugga Way or Queanbeyan sites”,

That was mentioned on the radio on the 11am news

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