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Maybe something I have missed?: What to do with old computer hardware?

 
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....because it's just too old to be interfaced with newer hardware.  Is there some entity that I may be unaware of that has pioneered re-using the old casings of computers/monitors, scanners, printers, etc. rather than the 'grinder'-based recycling option?  Any ideas would be welcomed.  Thanks!
 
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Mostly what I see advertised is the scrap recycling, which may or may not be reused, before it's sold as scrap and eventually shipped to Africa to massive, toxic landfills where kids are scrounging bits for resale- horrible looking images of all the health effects of that stuff...

I've interacted with some non profits that take used computer parts that either still work or can be affordably repaired, who rebuild the systems and install something like Linux on them so they run just fine, and repurpose the machines. And you could do the same if you have a use that would make the energy use worth it. I've seen people take an old laptop or PC and use it to manage air vents in a greenhouse with temperature sensors, or have a timer to feed the fish in an aquaponic system on a schedule, or open and close the hatch on a chicken coop in the morning/evening for examples.
 
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Thanks, Mark T.  I will look into a few local options and also some of those you recommended.  Hopefully will find a good solution to these boat anchors laying about!  Gratis.....
 
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Some gamers like to play old games. They use old computers.
 
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My local recycling business will take anything that's not a monitor as "sheddible".
They pulverize the components for whatever metal that is inside.
The plastic is discarded.
If you break the item down yourself,  you get more per pound for circut boards  and motors than for the whole item.
 
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