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    recycle hardware question

    I help the local Humane Society as a volunteer. My main function is to get donated computers ready for resale at the Thrift Shop. We have sold over 50 computers this year. Many of the donations are in non-working condition. If I can not get them back into working condition, I "cannibalize" whatever components are worth saving. I had been taking the "remains" to a recycle center. Now however, we have an individual who has asked to buy our discarded electronic "stuff" - including monitors, towers, computer components, radios, tvs, etc. He gives us $10 - $15 each time he picks up a load - usually about a half of a pickup full. What can he be salvaging and how is he selling it? Is it a process that I could do and give the proceeds to the Humane Society?

    A bit off topic, I know, but if it can help the dogs and cats, I hope you will understand.

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    Re: recycle hardware question

    There are many precious metals in electronics. My guess is he is selling them to a precious metal recovery/recycling center - beats going to the dump. Either that, or he is hoping you will miss a tender morsel during your cannibalizing frenzy!
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    Re: recycle hardware question

    trebor,
    Bill is probably right about the salvage for precious metals bit.
    So, if he can give you a few bucks for things that you have already sifted through....why not?

    Saves you a trip to the recycle center also. At our local center, they also charge a fee to dispose of computer systems and parts, with monitors and TVs considered "hazardous" materials.
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    Re: recycle hardware question

    Seems like a good deal to me. I had to pay a guy by the pound to take my old stuff. And I'm sure a lot of it got resold.

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