Feeling good about recycling my old PCs

I’m not a tree hugger or earth hippie by any means, but I do want our tech industry to remain a thriving long term helpful addition to this planet for a long time to come. Yesterday, I dropped off 3 of my old tower PCs (some even had windows 97 on them) to Green Citizen in Palo Alto (there’s other locations too). The recycling fee was 10 bucks each, which I’ll write off my taxes.

Also, they won’t be reusing the computer, and the data will be properly disposed of as they crush it at a facility and then the parts are resold to be recycled into other manufactures.

Click on some of the pictures below, to read about how some PCs get sent to other countries causing massive damage to environment as they are ‘melted’ down to get semi-precious metals.

I also cleared out some room in the garage, it’s a win win win.


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  • JO – like the new WP site; am using WP more and more now too … Another online ref for e-waste is at http://www.computertakeback.com. I do some of the updates on this site.

  • Hi Jeremiah,

    Do they recycle peripherals as well? Items like old keyboards, old mouses (mice?), etc. I also have a ton of cables we don’t need.

  • Yup, but I would call them first to find out. The number is on the website (link in post)

  • Have i missed something or Windows 97 doesn’t exist?

  • Trish101

    I love the idea of computer recycling as well