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    Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    What does everyone do with their old computer equipment? Naturally I thought take it to the recycling center so I went to the Artistic Waste Management which is supposedly Des Moines official recyling center and they tell me just to throw it in the garbage! Is this right? I thought that stuff was not allowed in the normal trash bin?

    I have 2 old CRT monitors and 3 stripped out towers that need to go. Then they tell me if they take them they charge anywhere from $12.50-$17.50 a monitor depending on the size. Yikes! So do I throw a piece in the trash each week and save around $50 to dispose it properly? I can't imagine that is the right way to do it and I was shocked that someone working for waste disposal told me just to throw it in the trash.


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Oh hell no, dont put it in the garbage. Good way to get a fine. Call your local Goodwill. They are taking computers and recycling them for free in many locations.

    Computers leak poisonous chemicals into the ground.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    This is non-functional equipment though, not sure goodwill will take it


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    This is non-functional equipment though, not sure goodwill will take it
    If your goodwill is participating, they will take all. Our in Sioux City is.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Move back to Ames--you can toss two a year at the city's "free" disposal day, Sept. 13. Public Works

    Here are other options, from the Ames city's Web site Public Works



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    In a related query, I have several old satelite receivers and a couple of dishes. I live in Nevada and was wondering if there is a proper method for disposing of these, preferably in Story County.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    I was at Staples the other day and they said if they couldn't fix my computer, they would take it off my hands at no charge. I saw that as a win-win.
    They did get it fixed though.


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Oh hell no, dont put it in the garbage. Good way to get a fine. Call your local Goodwill. They are taking computers and recycling them for free in many locations.

    Computers leak poisonous chemicals into the ground.
    Not if you throw it in your neighbors trash!


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    A few options short of disposing of it assuming it is still a viable computer:

    (1) Make a Media Center PC out of it tied to your HDTV and/or use it to experiment with free Open Source software.
    (2) Craiglist - Consider the free stuff if you just want it gone.
    (3) ReStore - I'm not sure if they take computers but they might.
    (4) Goodwill - See (3)
    (5) Salvation Army - See (3)
    (6) Local schools

    With (3) through (6) you may be able to deduct the fair value. I'm not terribly familiar with ReStore, but I posted a free item on Craigslist for the first time and the guy that came to pick it up mentioned ReStore as a another possibility for things like this. I think the proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Item (6) may not work so good for an individual as I think many companies fill this need in higher quantities of similar computers.

    WIth regard to (1) you can also have some fun loading Linux and some other free open source software and experimenting and trying out many software applications totally free. OpenSource.com is the place that gathers all that stuff. Download Ubuntu and try it out. It works great on older computers.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    This is non-functional equipment though, not sure goodwill will take it
    Disregard my previous list of things to do. Unless you are willing to fix what is wrong, I'm not sure how viable any of my options are.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by candg4ever View Post
    In a related query, I have several old satelite receivers and a couple of dishes. I live in Nevada and was wondering if there is a proper method for disposing of these, preferably in Story County.
    For some older electronics equipment, even non working, there is often a market on eBay selling it for parts. I've had intentions of selling a basement full of stuff and in fact tried to buy a non working item that could be used to fix a broken and very expensive audio/video receiver. I didn't bid enough and regretted it. As far as selling stuff, I've never put the energy into figuring out how to list something and understanding how to deal with the shipping costs. I'm sure it easy, but just haven't been motivated to do it.


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    I know the Best Buy's in Des Moines will take one computer (includes monitor) per visit for free. It's part of a new pilot recycling program they are putting together. They will even remove the hard drive for you for security reasons. Hope this helps.



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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    You could put it up on Freecycle, you can get rid of anything on there.


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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    Regional Collection Center in Bondurant.

    Metro Waste Authority

    They will send the computer to another location, it will be recycled and hard drive shredded.

    $.50 / pound.


    Last edited by CycloneBax; 07-29-2008 at 11:14 PM. Reason: correction

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    Re: Computer disposal in Des Moines?

    This is what I use for all my "techno trash". Batteries, old cell phones, computer parts, CDs... pretty much anything "techno".

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