Office Depot/Hewlett Packard summer offer to recycle consumer electonics

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From USA Today, by Michelle Kessler

Consumers can take old computers and other electronics to Office Depot (ODP) stores for free recycling this summer, the retailer and its partner Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are expected to announce Tuesday.

H-P already offers PC recycling via mail. But it charges about $35 for shipping and processing…

The offer includes all brands, not just those made by H-P. From Sunday [July 18th] to Sept. 6, Office Depot will accept computers, monitors and most other peripherals, digital cameras, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and TVs 27 inches or smaller. Customers can recycle one product per day. A PC and its peripherals count as a single item.

Just remember, electronics recyclers usually demand a fee, so this Office Depot/HP deal is a good thing for those of you who have consumer electronics just taking up space in the basement or garage. Ironically enough, they are runing the program during the back to school rush, good marketing guys.

For those of you who are motivated enough to finally get rid of the old 486 sitting in the basement, take a minute to remove the hard drive from the case. It’s fast, simple and you won’t have to worry about others finding your old data. (Although we all know that true geeks tend to “collect” equipment and then claim that when they hit it rich, they’ll someday open a computing museum.)

2 Responses to “Office Depot/Hewlett Packard summer offer to recycle consumer electonics”

  1. Arthur Says:

    From the microsoft link:

    You need to destroy the platters inside. Try smashing them with a hammer. Destroying them with a torch should work.

    I feel this surge of home-improvement-itis flowing through the veins. Now, where’s my Powersaw.

  2. ConfigSys.boy! Says:

    I’ve got two closets full of old hardware, but I’m just not sure I could give most of it up. I tossed an old 486-DX100 kit a few years ago and have regretted it ever since.

    As for disposing of old HDDs, they make for good target practice. Just don’t stand too close. A .22 shot won’t go all the way through a five platter drive, but it will send fragments flying.