High Tech Trash! What to do with that old monitor!

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    scratchex

    Tina,

    Wow this was an incredible segment. Great job Tina et al. These pictures are so compelling. I'm buying this book this weekend.

    One thing you can do with your old equipment is donate it! I donate old equipment to goodwill and to childrens shelters here in town. I'd rather have someone else use it. Also you can always donate your old cell phones to folks that need them in case of emergencies (battered womens shelters).

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    scratchex

    Tina,

    Wow this was an incredible segment. Great job Tina et al. These pictures are so compelling. I'm buying this book this weekend.

    One thing you can do with your old equipment is donate it! I donate old equipment to goodwill and to childrens shelters here in town. I'd rather have someone else use it. Also you can always donate your old cell phones to folks that need them in case of emergencies (battered womens shelters).

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    tina10
    Thanks for the link and for helping get the word out. 
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    Matthew Mushall

    Ah, you really struck a nerve, my goddess.

    I have been advocating technology recycling since my family decided to replace our first computer over a decade ago.  I have always felt horrible disposing of useful equiptment, even if it is completely obsolete and beyond further service.  We began stockpiling our old machines and eventually donated them to charity and technology drives a few years go.  Don't forget to get a receipt for all your donations, they are tax deductable!  Many companies will now discount your purchase of new equiptment if you return your old systems.  I usually purue that option with Apple.

    It's horrible all the things that go to waste and where they end up.  How many people get hurt and how much damage are we going to do before we correct the problem?  I seriously hope the message spreads!

    This was the best segment you've covered by far and I'm proud to be a fan of yours.  Excellent review, Tina.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Ah, you really struck a nerve, my goddess.

    I have been advocating technology recycling since my family decided to replace our first computer over a decade ago.  I have always felt horrible disposing of useful equiptment, even if it is completely obsolete and beyond further service.  We began stockpiling our old machines and eventually donated them to charity and technology drives a few years go.  Don't forget to get a receipt for all your donations, they are tax deductable!  Many companies will now discount your purchase of new equiptment if you return your old systems.  I usually purue that option with Apple.

    It's horrible all the things that go to waste and where they end up.  How many people get hurt and how much damage are we going to do before we correct the problem?  I seriously hope the message spreads!

    This was the best segment you've covered by far and I'm proud to be a fan of yours.  Excellent review, Tina.

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    AdamKinney
    I guess as long as you're cleaning up after yourself, its ok...Wink
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    Matthew Mushall

    Yeah, I know I'm supporting the wrong party on a Microsoft run website.  I'm not preaching about the superiority of either platform, I've used both.  My only purpose is to further the cause and support tech recycling.

    ...Thanks for excusing me, I appreciate the notice. Smiley

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    Matthew Mushall

    Yeah, I know I'm supporting the wrong party on a Microsoft run website.  I'm not preaching about the superiority of either platform, I've used both.  My only purpose is to further the cause and support tech recycling.

    ...Thanks for excusing me, I appreciate the notice. Smiley

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    snorkle256

    I work for a Recycling Center.  Right now I work in one of the client's buildings to manage their nation return center.  Everything we take either is resold or scrapped right here in the USA.

    We have a huge grinding machine that tears metal to shreds and oddly enough, the only thing that stops it dead is , believe it or not, mouse balls.

    Akabigwurm, I hope I beat you to it.

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    snorkle256

    I work for a Recycling Center.  Right now I work in one of the client's buildings to manage their nation return center.  Everything we take either is resold or scrapped right here in the USA.

    We have a huge grinding machine that tears metal to shreds and oddly enough, the only thing that stops it dead is , believe it or not, mouse balls.

    Akabigwurm, I hope I beat you to it.

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    akaBigWurm

    Yes you beat me to it, but I watched the video, lol.

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    akaBigWurm

    Yes you beat me to it, but I watched the video, lol.

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    Adrian Rodriguez

    As for me, I usually sell my old *working* monitors or other computer hardware, fixed and cleaned for cheap usually to friends or to other tech enthusiasts who happen to need a particular part. Another thing I'd do is just re-use it on my newer machine.

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    Adrian Rodriguez

    As for me, I usually sell my old *working* monitors or other computer hardware, fixed and cleaned for cheap usually to friends or to other tech enthusiasts who happen to need a particular part. Another thing I'd do is just re-use it on my newer machine.

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    Erik Porter

    That's really interesting about the mouse ball.  I suppose it makes sense though.  Isn't a sphere the most structurally sound shape?  Luckily, there aren't too many mice with balls anymore.  ewww, nevermind...that's not what I meant.  Tongue Out

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    Human​Compiler
    That's really interesting about the mouse ball.  I suppose it makes sense though.  Isn't a sphere the most structurally sound shape?  Luckily, there aren't too many mice with balls anymore.  ewww, nevermind...that's not what I meant.  Tongue Out
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    Human​Compiler
    Cool, that's what I do too.  Might as well get a few bucks back instead of just throwing it away or recycling it.  Give it to your mom...sell it to a friend for cheap...
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    Erik Porter

    Cool, that's what I do too.  Might as well get a few bucks back instead of just throwing it away or recycling it.  Give it to your mom...sell it to a friend for cheap...

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    AdamKinney
    It depends on the context, I guess.  If you wanted a structurally sound house that's not going to fall over, I'd go with a pyramid rather than a sphere.
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    tina10
    Thanks Arztek!  I would love for you to join forces with me and help get the word out on this piece.  I'm working on getting environmental organizations to link to it.  If you have any time put some pressure on too.  Thanks! 

    Tina
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    Barry Hawkey

    I haven't finished the 'cast yet, but I see that no one else has mentioned RoHS yet.

    That's Restriction of Hazardous Substances.  It's a law that goes into effect in the E.U. next month - they've been working on it for years.  All electronic equipment sold into the E.U. can no longer have lead, cadmium, polybromodiphneyls, or several other substances that are even harder to spell.

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    Barry Hawkey

    I haven't finished the 'cast yet, but I see that no one else has mentioned RoHS yet.

    That's Restriction of Hazardous Substances.  It's a law that goes into effect in the E.U. next month - they've been working on it for years.  All electronic equipment sold into the E.U. can no longer have lead, cadmium, polybromodiphneyls, or several other substances that are even harder to spell.

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    Barry Hawkey

    Yes, they are toxic, but the real reason they are now banned is to make these things easier to recycle.  Becuase at the same time, a program called WEEE goes into effect.  I think the acronym is French, but the new law requires the sellers of all electronic equipment to provide recycling take-back programs.  So you'll get a nickel back for returned an empty soday can...and now you'll get $25 or $50 for returning your laptop, or monitor, or alarm clock.  After July 6th, companies importing electronic goods into the E.U. will be required to have an approved take-back plan in place for every county in the E.U.

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    Barry Hawkey

    Yes, they are toxic, but the real reason they are now banned is to make these things easier to recycle.  Becuase at the same time, a program called WEEE goes into effect.  I think the acronym is French, but the new law requires the sellers of all electronic equipment to provide recycling take-back programs.  So you'll get a nickel back for returned an empty soday can...and now you'll get $25 or $50 for returning your laptop, or monitor, or alarm clock.  After July 6th, companies importing electronic goods into the E.U. will be required to have an approved take-back plan in place for every county in the E.U.

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    Barry Hawkey

    China's version of these programs will take effect on January 1st of this year.

    California's version will take effect at the same time as the E.U.  Their law actually just says that "whatever the E.U. decides, we'll do, too."

    So yes, the U.S. doesn't have one yet, but the global electronics industry is moving to all-RoHS.  The soldering and assembly equipment can EITHER do RoHS or non-RoHS, not both...so you have to choose one or the other, or double the size and cost of your factory.  Guess what most companies are choosing?

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    Barry Hawkey

    China's version of these programs will take effect on January 1st of this year.

    California's version will take effect at the same time as the E.U.  Their law actually just says that "whatever the E.U. decides, we'll do, too."

    So yes, the U.S. doesn't have one yet, but the global electronics industry is moving to all-RoHS.  The soldering and assembly equipment can EITHER do RoHS or non-RoHS, not both...so you have to choose one or the other, or double the size and cost of your factory.  Guess what most companies are choosing?

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    Barry Hawkey

    Check the back/bottom of your electronic equipment.  On a  lot of it, there will be little symbol that looks like a crossed out garbage bin.  That means the product complies with RoHS and WEEE.  Industry analysts have called the switch to RoHS and WEE the "largest shake-up in any industry, ever."  Trillions of dollars have been spent, worldwide, to re-engineer everything so that it doesn't have these hazardoes substances and can be recycled.  And it's all been going on behind the scenes.

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    Barry Hawkey

    Check the back/bottom of your electronic equipment.  On a  lot of it, there will be little symbol that looks like a crossed out garbage bin.  That means the product complies with RoHS and WEEE.  Industry analysts have called the switch to RoHS and WEE the "largest shake-up in any industry, ever."  Trillions of dollars have been spent, worldwide, to re-engineer everything so that it doesn't have these hazardoes substances and can be recycled.  And it's all been going on behind the scenes.

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    Ted Bracewell

    I have 2 old computers in the attic. I never sell them, I just stack them basically. I'm sure there's a better place for them to be than in a damp nasty attic. Awesome segment.

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    Ted Bracewell

    I have 2 old computers in the attic. I never sell them, I just stack them basically. I'm sure there's a better place for them to be than in a damp nasty attic. Awesome segment.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Anytime, Tina.  I'm definately with you on this.  I'm going to get NJPIRG to link to this segment and the book for starters.  The pressure is on!

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    Matthew Mushall

    Anytime, Tina.  I'm definately with you on this.  I'm going to get NJPIRG to link to this segment and the book for starters.  The pressure is on!

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    "Lethal G3cko"

    Well, I hope my computer recycle links were helpful. There seems to be some good organizations in WA (such as the "Take it Back" program) that you could get in contact with.

    Anyway, I also thought the High Tech Trash! segment was great and that is why I posted all those links for ya. I know I posted a lot, but I thought they could be useful.

    V360

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    "Lethal G3cko"

    Well, I hope my computer recycle links were helpful. There seems to be some good organizations in WA (such as the "Take it Back" program) that you could get in contact with.

    Anyway, I also thought the High Tech Trash! segment was great and that is why I posted all those links for ya. I know I posted a lot, but I thought they could be useful.

    V360

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