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Getting rid of old electronics


vtfireman85

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TV’s and similar arent a problem, but currently we have half a dozen or more old cell phones, probably 4 old laptops and a couple old tablets. There are electronics drop offs but something about that creeps me out , i don’t have much for secrets, but I figure there is enough personal info on there that I don’t want some oddball harvesting it. Some of them don’t work at all, maybe it isn’t a concern. Honestly a landfill seems almost safer, but instead i just keep moving them around. 
Whats everyone else doing? 

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I take the hard drive out and taken the torch to it. Even do this to the old floppys and CD's I don't need any more. Once it is a small pile of melted plastic and metals, I doubt if most people can get any information off them. Then I take the rest of the machine to the recycling center.

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Most Goodwill's take electronics and participate in a recycling program so any info on the machines stays safe.    A lot of Goodwill's are connected with Dell recycling so that the "E-Waste" doesn't end up in the landfill. 

 

After looking it appears your local Goodwill has a different program that helps create job opportunities in your community with no long needed electronics. 

https://goodwillnne.org/stores/goodtech/

 

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22 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

Digging a new water line, foundation, laying a new slab or sidewalk?

Take a hammer to them, then put the pieces, in different places along the bottom of the trench, or under the concrete.

Just like the "mob boss" in Chicago 🤔, he's not telling any secrets these days 😂😂

Mark

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As I said scrub it the HRC way with a hammer and send it to the landfill 

Then it only adds very little damage to the environment i.e. only the fuel for the truck to get to the landfill

All landfills are lined now so there is little chance of the contaminates getting in to the environment as they would in any recycling process 

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22 minutes ago, Art From Coleman said:

In a country with a population approaching 2 BILLION, what's a few million more or less, so excuse me, whilst I find someone who gives a ****.

Your concern for your fellow man is overwhelming!

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Phones: I take out the battery and put it in the microwave for a few seconds. Not the best solution, as it stinks up the house.

Computers: I remove the hard drive, bring computer to recycling location, and either drill or bandsaw the drive. If I had some major secret that someone with serious expertise, time and money really wanted to know, I suppose they could reconstruct them and get part of it out, but my only concern is identity theft and the like. The name of the game there is like any crime perpetuated by lowlife scum: just don't be the easy target and they'll move on! No one is going to raid my chopped up HD for my credit card number.

Actually, now that I think of it, I hope they do. That would be funny to have someone spend the time and energy to max out my limit of $3k!!

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Just now, 1586 Jeff said:

He should use his sister-in-laws......

I am not getting between her and food, no sir, no way.

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1 minute ago, 1586 Jeff said:

Afraid of losing an arm?  Or worse?

She has her own gravitational pull, food sort of comes flying in. It’s like giving a junkyard dog a bone , you don’t hand it to them, you throw it at them and run like ****. 

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