Who’s eating all the old computers?

It’s hard rubbish here at the moment, and having just had a power supply fail on me leaving me with no spares, I thought I’d go scavenging. PC components are mostly interchangeable, I’ll just grab a handful of computers and pull the bits I need, and toss the rest out with the hard rubbish.

But someone’s taken them all.

Not only they, they’re cutting the cords off any CRTs lying around. I suspect scrap-metal hounds (copper in the power and video leads), but I can’t be certain because there seems to be a lot of steel things that weren’t snaffled.

Who’s taking the old computers, and why? Also: how do I lay my hands on a power supply – don’t tell me I’ve actually got to buy one!

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2 thoughts on “Who’s eating all the old computers?

  1. glen

    That’s kind of weird. I was actually wondering recently how to dispose of old computer equipment (a laptop and some old pcs). You’re welcome to any power supplies I have lying around.

  2. Chris Till

    >> they’re cutting the cords off any CRTs lying around. I suspect scrap-metal hounds (copper in the power and video leads), but I can’t be certain because there seems to be a lot of steel things that weren’t snaffled.

    I was taught to always cut the cord off any electrical item you dispose of. The item is being disposed because it’s obviously faulty (back then anyway, these days probably just because of an upgrade) – if someone were to then take that item and plug it in they could get fried.

    I’ve always insisted my helpdesk staff also cut any network/phone/etc cables in half that they dispose of. Otherwise a cable thrown out always somehow ends up back in your supplies again – ready to waste your time (yet again) at the most inconvenient moment in the future.

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