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What is the best way to dispose of non-working computer equipment?

I've got several boxes of hard drives, CD/DVD drives and expansion cards which I've collected over the last 8 years or so. I'd like to dispose of them. Can I just put them in the trash, or is there a recommended way to recycle them?

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marked as duplicate by slhck, sblair, Breakthrough, David, DMA57361 Jul 19 '11 at 21:08

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Don't trash them, this is my Earth just as much as it's yours. Recycle them properly please. I think it's quite apparent that just throwing them out isn't going to solve anything. –  Breakthrough Jul 19 '11 at 19:44
@Breakthrough - It will solve my closet-space problem :P –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 19:50
Too localized because it solely depends on what your city, county, etc. has to offer in terms of recycling facilities. Check with them to make sure you recycle properly. –  slhck Jul 19 '11 at 19:55
@Moshe, on second though, just trash it. It'll only end back up in your drinking water, with all those good nutritious heavy metals. –  Breakthrough Jul 19 '11 at 19:56
@Breakthrough - I was kidding, sheesh. :-D –  Moshe Jul 19 '11 at 19:58

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You live in NYC. There are about a billion places to dispose of them. Artists may want them as "found objects". There are recycling centers. There are classrooms and colleges and local fixit shops.

Throw something up on craigslist.

Put them with a sign on the box that invites people to take one or the whole thing. Sell them at a local crafts fair / flea market.

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Because all those were common sense things, I think this question should be closed. –  jcolebrand Jul 19 '11 at 19:40

Google for E-Waste Recycling in your area.

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