Cremation: the Creation of the Implant Recycling Industry

Cremation: the Creation of the Implant Recycling IndustryIn this era of technological advances, modern medicine has reached new pinnacles of treatment. New methods of surgery that would have amazed physicians from a century ago are now considered routine.

These routine surgeries include total hip and/or knee replacement. In fact, I have personally known four people who have had one or the other — all of which were successful. Thankfully, with the advent of these miracle operations, modern medicine has also been able to provide us with new wonder drugs for fighting infection, the treatment of pain, and alternatives for treating a variety of other ailments.

However, while these patients are now able to live relatively pain-free lives, what is to become of these implants that are inserted when they are no longer needed?

One pioneer into this realm is a company known as Ortho Metals. Its goal is to cash in on this arena by picking up and then recycling the implants from the remains of people who have been cremated. The company’s mission statement indicates that it has three objectives:

  • First and foremost is that there is a need to recycle previously implanted devices. This process is initiated after the cremation process is complete and the metals are retrieved by funeral parlor personal for recycling. Once the implants are removed, the family of the deceased is then asked if they would like to have them returned. While this may seem bizarre, a family may need them in a court of law to prove medical error or the failure of a particular implant. Rarely, however, does the family opt for having the implant returned, so it is normally recycled along with other metal parts from the casket.
  • To free the deceased family from yet one more obligation during their time of mourning. The company states that, in this way, the family can then concentrate on taking care of their loved one knowing that the implant will be properly disposed of and not require any further intervention by the family.
  • Last, the proceeds from the recycling effort will become a part of a benevolent fund and the proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations.

Cremation: the Creation of the Implant Recycling IndustrySo, while the mission statement sounds promising, there is another side that leaves one wondering why these recycled implants only generate revenue for the scrap metal in them and doesn’t take into account the original cost of the implant. As an example, a titanium or cobalt chromium hip implant device may originally have cost patients or their insurance companies $2,700, yet as scrap metal may only generate about $4 in precious metal. (These are estimates, only.)

Some of the pros of recycling implants are:

  • Recycling is good for the environment. These particular products use valuable precious metals that, once sterilized, can be remanufactured into new implants.
  • The used implants will not take up valuable landfill space and, if later they are determined to be environmentally hazardous, costly clean-up efforts will not be necessitated.
  • These efforts will provide a viable means of disposal for funeral homes when family members have no use for implants and aren’t sure of how to dispose of them.
  • If, in fact, the company plans on donating the proceeds, it will provide much needed revenue to local charities.

Some of the cons of recycling implants are:

  • The uncertainty on the part of family members, during their time of grief, about the proper way to respond to such a request. It is nearly the same as being asked to donate a loved one’s organs except, in this case, the parts are being sold as scrap metal.
  • Another issue is that there are unscrupulous businesses out there and, given the current lack of laws/regulations surrounding this issue, one has to ask who is going to monitor these businesses. It will also be essential to spell out, like it is for funeral homes, what is expected in order to provide dignity to the deceased while the implants are handled by recyclers.
  • Last, how are other family members, friends, or acquaintances going to respond when told that the implants are to be recycled and will not remain with the deceased?

Cremation: the Creation of the Implant Recycling IndustryOrtho Metals is not the only company providing such services. Another investor in the recycling of implants out of Detroit, Michigan is Implant Recycling LLC. This company’s unique services include providing a pre-paid shipping container that any funeral home can use to collect the implants. The services further provide the cost of shipping back to the recycling facility. On its website, Implant Recycling LLC also explains, free of charge, the legality of recycling implants and provides free consultation with its legal representative. In addition, the company provides clear and extensive instruction on both its obligations and on the responsibilities of the funeral home in terms of how the implants are to be handled including:

  • The company will provide and deliver free shipping containers to the funeral home.
  • Once the container is filled, the funeral home may choose to lock the container prior to shipping.
  • The company will then pay for the cost of shipping the implants back to its facility.
  • Once received, the contents of the implants are weighed and a check is generated to the funeral home or a designated charity within 30 days.

For some who read this, the subject material may side on the macabre; for others, like myself, it is just another facet of life. After all, isn’t death just another part of life?

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Do You Save Your Empties?

I was asked on the live stream the other night if I keep the boxes when I buy new electronics or gadgets. I keep them for a while, to make sure that there are no issues that would cause the item to need to be returned.

I also hang on to them if I know I might resell the item later. For instance, I kept the box and all of the inner packaging for my iPhone 3GS. When I gave that to Kat a few months ago, I was able to safely pack it away in its original box prior to shipping. If you’re going to sell something, you’ll always get a better price if you have the original packaging.


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I have a storage room that I keep the boxes in, and I likely need to clean it out to recycle stuff. There are very few boxes I will ever use again. There’s no point in holding on to all of them.

Do you keep your boxes?

Don’t Delete Your Old Tech In Vain!

InterConnection provides computers to under-served people and communities around the world. From its Seattle-based computer recycling and reuse programs to schools and organizations far and wide, it makes a connection that makes a difference. It creates opportunity through computer reuse.

Company founder and director Charles Brennick was a presenter on the Gnomedex stage, teaching all of us what we should be doing with the old machines lying around the house and garage.


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Donating your old machines and smartphones is safe and secure. All of your data is securely wiped from hard drives using Department of Defense standards. You’ll get a tax break when you donate equipment, since InterConnection is a certified 501c3 nonprofit organization. It’ll gladly give you a receipt when you drop something off to it.

By recycling your old stuff, you’re helping the planet. No parts end up sitting in a landfill somewhere. The company is also helping people in the community by providing valuable hardware skills training to local low-income volunteers through its computer reuse program. Those computers are then sent to schools and organizations within under-served communities worldwide.

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Help Reduce The PC-To-Trash Cycle

There should be an image here!Do you recycle those old PC towers, keyboards and monitors like you should? As trash accumulates, green thinking is imperative. We should all get in the habit of recycle, reduce, and reuse everything. Of course that is difficult when Windows makes new technology that refuses to work with our old machines. The best defense is to comb through Lockergnome tips for ways to keep the old stuff going.

The hard fact remains that a lot of the waste produced by the U.S. is composed of recyclable and reusable materials that only need to be sorted and dismantled to collect rare earth elements and parts for re-manufacture. Until that situation changes our trash may very well be another nation’s treasure. Employment to recover valuable material is still employment. We may hear horror stories about children picking through sharp rubble at a great health risk, but what is the alternative source of sustenance for that child? Would they be forced to mine for blood diamonds or become prostitutes if that occupation did not exist. In some societies there is a division of rank in the population. Different treatment of lower classes is accepted and as much as that condition causes disgust in a person that values all life equally, we are not in a position to mandate that all peoples of the earth be treated fairly, even if that solution is unethical or harmful to the few to advance the development of the many.

Another consideration to be looked at is if the “poorer” nation actually has a better method of dealing with certain wastes that are not feasible in the more developed nation. It is hard to argue that a desert that does not lie near any seismic fault lines would not be a good place to store toxic or radioactive wastes. High temperature solar incinerators are being studied to potentially destroy any kind of waste ranging from Bio to Chemical to municipal. If transportation costs can be managed, solar incineration might be a profitable industry for developing nations and a better place to dump the barges of trash leaving New York City every day.

Zitiboat is an environmentalist tree hugger that uses electronics to help change the world one person at a time.

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Living Green: The Missing Manual

There should be an image here!Taking care of the earth is more important than ever, but the problems we’re facing can seem overwhelming. Living Green: The Missing Manual helps make earth-friendly decisions more manageable by narrowing them down to a few simple choices.

Author Nancy Conner says, “The book takes a three-pronged approach to green living: healthy living, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship. Readers will be able to make improvements in all of these areas. They can eliminate harmful chemicals from their households and food, replacing them with healthier alternatives. They can find ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on utility bills. And they can start to make an immediate difference in the health of the planet. The book emphasizes that each choice we make has consequences and helps readers to make greener choices.”

This all-in-one resource is packed with practical advice on ways you can help the environment by making simple changes in your home routine, work habits, and the way you shop and get around town. You don’t have to embark on a radical new lifestyle to make a difference. Living Green: The Missing Manual shows you how small changes can have a big impact.

Nancy emphasizes the simplicity of these decisions: “Life is full of conveniences, but it can be easy to lose sight of what those conveniences cost in terms of their effect on the earth. People don’t have to give up their conveniences, but they do have to become aware of how their personal choices affect the world. Living Green: The Missing Manual helps people understand environmental issues and make informed choices in all areas of their lives. Anyone who’s concerned about the world their children and grandchildren will inherit understands that we need to take action now.”

With the help of Living Green: The Missing Manual, you will:

  • Learn how to make your home energy efficient and free of toxic chemicals
  • Discover how to reduce waste, repurpose and recycle, and do more with less
  • Build and remodel earth-friendly homes with new techniques and materials
  • Learn tips for buying organic food and what it takes to grow your own
  • Get helpful information on fuel-efficient cars, including hybrid and electric models
  • Make your workplace greener and more cost-effective — from changes at your desk to suggestions for company-wide policies
  • Explore how to choose renewable energies, such as wind and solar power

The book also provides you with ways to connect with like-minded people and offers a survey of exciting new green technologies. Learn how you can help the planet with Living Green: The Missing Manual.

Where’s Your PC Now?

While the first part of this story is certainly sad and unfortunate, it is later into the article where things become readily frightening. Hard drives, likely unwiped, are available for a song to anyone willing to pay. Imagine, all of your history just sitting there on an old PC that you “threw away.” One might think of it as mother nature’s revenge for not recycling the computer in the first place

With cyber crime getting worse all the time, it never ceases to amaze me how naive most Westerners are about what happens when they dispose of their computers. But this is not a problem that is limited to just the West. Other regions contribute to this problem as well. Worse, they are also contributing to the criminal element.

With the poverty many of these regions see, it can hardly be much of a shock to see so many people feeling like the best approach to dealing with the circumstances is to dive into old hard drives to see what riches lay in wait for the hungry finder. It’s scary… but it is a fact of life. Lesson here: don’t be stupid. Destroy old hard drives… then recycle them.

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Hard Drive Shredding – Big Business

In an age where data breaches are fairly common, companies are looking for alternative to getting rid of their old hard disks with sensitive data on them. In steps two brothers who saw a need and have filled it. The Saraiva brothers saw a need and have filled. In the back of their truck is now a shredder that turns old hard disks into shrapnel. Though the brothers still provide other recycling functions, shedding is now becoming very lucrative for the creative duo.

According to the article it states:

"We’ve been focusing on hard-drive shredding for about a year and a half," says James Saraiva, who runs the business with his brother, Phil. "Before that it was all about recycling old computers." But one day a customer had trouble parting with the hard drives of those computers because a massive data breach had made the news. The brothers immediately saw the opportunity before them.

They recast the business as one specializing in the destruction of hard drives for the sake of keeping sensitive data out of sinister hands.

The serial numbers of the hard disks are recorded and after the shredding is complete, customers get a certificate showing the drive was destroyed.  The brothers only charge $10 to destroy the drives and have lined up about 50 customers in the New England area.

I think this is a great business idea that can be expanded upon in other areas of the country or overseas.

Comments welcome.

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We Need Electric Powered Cars Today – We Do?

Over at the San Jose Mercury News there is an article which basically states that we need electric vehicles ASAP, with some facts thrown in to backup this premise. There is one statement that I agree with totally:

There is no issue more urgent. History shows a pattern of using access to energy to influence diplomatic outcomes, with events often escalating into violence. We must prevent this from happening to our country. National security as well as economic needs require that we urgently adopt a strategy to strengthen our energy resilience. The most practical and immediate way is to encourage the mass manufacture of vehicles, as well as the retrofitting of existing ones, so that they first run on electricity.

I believe that this statement ‘There is no issue more urgent,’ says it all. There is no more important issue that will affect all of us and how we live. From the cost of food to housing, higher fuel costs will hurt our quality of life.

The second statement ‘History shows a pattern of using access to energy to influence diplomatic outcomes, with events often escalating into violence,’ should remind us of what happened before the attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. The US had cut off the supply of oil to the Japanese, which was one of the economic punishments the US used, because of the Japanese invasion of mainland China.

When I first read this article, it brought one thought to my mind. Obviously electric cars would need batteries. Batteries that can be charged to hold a power source. But we are all aware that batteries eventually fail and must be replaced. What does one then do with the old batteries?

Recycling will help, but I am sure there may be some components that may not be recyclable and could pose a potential hazard to our environment. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Recycle That Old PC Using Linux – Interesting Read

I was roaming through the forums when I spotted a post by raymac46 over at Scot’s Newsletter forum in which he/she had posted some rules about recycling older computer systems. Some of the rules I found intersting and thought I would share them with you.

I have a bit of experience recycling old computers for folks in my town. In addition to keeping perfectly useful machines out of the landfill, this process makes available a working system for someone who may not be able to afford one otherwise.
I thought I would post my thoughts on how I do this in case other members might decide to do the same. Of course your additional comments are most welcome to help me out.

1. Know when to fuggedaboudit. If the machine is older than a PII 266, cannot support more than 128MB RAM or won’t boot from a CD-ROM I just don’t think it’s worth my time to work on it. Better to send it to the shredder and move on to a better candidate.

2. Use Linux for the operating system. Yeah some of these old junkers would work fine with Win 2000 but I don’t have the cash to buy a CD every time. Win 98 or Me aren’t supported for security so why would you want to install them anyway if someone wants to go online?

3. Have hardware available. For sure you’ll need more RAM. Most old computers I get have 64MB and often some of that is shared video. I buy used PC133 RAM off eBay and it works OK in older systems, right down to PC66. Anything older than that I don’t fix (see point 1). You might need an old video card as well – sometimes onboard video is SiS which sucks with Linux. Audio can usually be configured even if it’s ISA. An Ethernet card is always handy as well as some of these old junkers were used on dial-up.

4. Know your customer. Can they afford cable or DSL? If not, set up the machine to play music and Linux games. If they can afford it, encourage anything but dial-up. In my area light DSL and cable are the same cost as dial-up anyway.

5. If your client has no previous experience with a PC, so much the better. They won’t expect to have Windows and will happily use the Linux desktop. If they are Windows conditioned be prepared for a harder sell and maybe rejection. If that happens, move along to another possible user.

6. Install the right desktop. KDE and Gnome are probably going to be slowboats on the old hardware I get at the thrift store, even if I put in gobs of RAM. On the other hand Fluxbox is going to scare the pants off a new user, especially if they have seen Windows once or twice. Xfce seems to be a great compromise and both Vector Linux and Xubuntu offer very classy Xfce desktops.

7. Don’t always go for the cutting edge distro. The old graphics cards prefer something a bit more trailing edge. You aren’t going to enable much eye candy anyway. I find that Xubuntu 6.06 LTS works fine in most situations.

8. Configure, configure, configure. Make sure your client gets all the right codecs, printer support, scanner support etc. because sure as shooting the precocious ones will want to try hooking up a digicam or something.

9. Be prepared to offer long term tech support. Linux is pretty user friendly but you can’t expect a new user to have no support if something goes wrong. I don’t tell my clients the root or admin password but they still manage to mess up the icons or worse at least once or twice. Also make sure they know how to do basic tasks like email and web surfing before you leave them to it. Remember there are not that many Linux tech support folks out there – yet. So this means you.

10. You have the final word here…any additional rules you can think of?

 

This is a great way to extend the life of an older box and keeping same out of our land fills. Also check out the other great tips that were added to the posting at the link below. I especially liked the ones about password protecting the BIOS, setup boot for all 3 drives to HDD and the other suggestions to prevent people from messing with the system. :-)

Scot’s Newsletter forum article is here.

Comments welcome.

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Recycling Books, Computers, Clothes, And Other Junk

We’ve got old computers, laptops, and monitors sitting the garage collecting dust. Most of them don’t work anymore and we can’t just throw them out because they have parts that could potentially lead to environmental hazards. This eHow article provides steps, tips, and warnings for safely disposing computers.

The Dallas Morning News printed a story that covered not only electronics, but also items like furniture, lumber materials, and more. Here’s a list of places and ways to recycle stuff, some from the The Dallas Morning News and others from research.

Many schools including my kids’ elementary and middle schools participate in the Cartridges for Kids program. If you don’t have a school, we’d be glad to take your stuff. If you’re outside of the Dallas area, you may not want to ship it to us and one of these may have more convenient options.

Computers and Electronics

CollectiveGood collects mobile phones, pagers, and PDAs.

The County of Sacramento has many links to cell phone recycling sources.

DonateIT wipes drives clean and provides info on how wipe drives.

Free Geekery lists 10 ways to recycle old computers.

Guide to Computer Recycling and Reuse

National Cristina Foundation

ReCellular recycles and resells used wireless phones and accessories. It wipes the phone’s memory clean to eliminate all personal information.

Staples accepts computers and tech hardware. Charges $10 for large equipment.

TechSoup Recycling Guide

Clothes and Shoes

Tennis Shoes

Dress for Success donates work clothes to low-income women so they can wear them to job interviews.

Books

Most libraries accept book donations. If they don’t add it to their collection, they might save them for a book sale. Your area might have an organization that collects books for book sales or donating.

Books for Soldiers

American Library Association info on book donations.

Books for Prisoners and Prisoners’ Reading Encouragement Project

Drop your book somewhere and it could join BookCrossing.

Baby Gear

Newborns in Need is a charity organized to take care of sick and needy babies and their families.

Glasses and Hearing Aids

Lions Clubs for glasses

LensCrafters for glasses

Unite for Site for glasses

Lions Clubs for hearing aids

About.com Hearing Aids Recycling info

Hear Now for hearing aids

House Materials and Furniture

Dallas Habitat for Humanity accept specific building materials. Check your local organization to see if it accepts such items.

Others

Write Direct Marketing Association to opt out of junk mail for $1 check or money order. Do it online at www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offmailinglist or send it to Direct Marketing Association, Mail Preference Service, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512. You must renew every five years.

Donate Cars for Homes

E-cycling Central lets you find recycling centers by location (U.S. only)

General Recycling and Reuse information

Green Dimes Junk Mail Reduction Kit promises to reduce junk mail by 90 percents and plant 10 trees in your honor for $15.

HUG Internationally is a Dallas area organization that works with orphanages and hospitals in Romania. HUG also addresses the problems of housing these babies, including repairs and renovation of buildings.

International Consumer Recycling Guide

National Recycling Coalition

Recycling Database

List missing other good resources? Please share recycling resources.

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Dell – More Changes On The Way

Seems like Dell is making more than just cosmetic changes to the company with some new offerings that sprung into the news this past week.

In London Dell announced a new low budget Super Computer that is designed for those doing research for such things as a cure for cancer. Some are calling this a publicity stunt but let’s face it, Dell could use some good press just like anyone else. The new ‘Legion’ system will have the power of at least 3,000 desktop computer systems.

Dell is also introducing a new brand of secure laptop systems that are encrypted using the Seagate technology to protect information on the hard disk. Both the Dell Latitude D630 and D830.1. will have this technology available.

Dell also plans on opening a retil outlet in a new shopping center being built in Moscow. Dell will be offering their full product line including desktops,laptops, printers, servers, and other accessories. Though Dell does sell their wares in retail stores such as Wal-Mart against other OEM’s, this will be Dells first Dell only store in the world.

Dell is also going into the recycling business. For a fee of $25 they will clean off the hard disk on any system and than recycle its parts. Dell has also been offering a curb side pickup service If you wish to participate in this service you can contact Dell directly to see if the program is available where you live. Dell lists the following information on their site:

To order Asset Recovery Services, contact your Dell representative at 1-800-757-8434

Comments welcome.

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Staples Recycling Program – $10 Fee

Staples has begun a recycling program in which consumers can bring in old monitors or computers for a flat $10 each to cover the cost of recycling the units. Keyboards, mice and speakers are accepted at no cost. The recycled items can be dropped off at any Staples store in the United States during normal business hours.

For the past four years, Staples as also offered a free recycling program covering such items as cell phones, pagers and digital cameras for free, regardless of the brand or whether the device was bought at Staples or not.  Staples thus has expanded the recycling program to cover computer systems as well, again  for any make or brand, whether bought from Staples are not.

With over 1400 stores nationwide, most consumers will have a Staples store hopefully within driving distance to take advantage of this programs. This will make Staples one of the first major retailers to offer a recycling program on a daily bases.

It is good to see that consumers will now have a choice and hopefully this program will help prevent old computers from ending up in the landfills.

Comments welcome.

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Microsoft Lists Ten Tips To Recycle Or Donate That Old PC

During my travels I located this article that is packed full of information from Microsoft on how to best recycle or donate that old PC that is sitting around taking up space in your closet or garage. What is interesting about the article is that Microsoft lists recycling sites and also tips on how to deal with recycling firms. They also provide some valuable information on how to properly donate a PC.

But what I found very interesting was the list fo software programs that home users can use to erase completely all data off of their systems prior to recycling or donating that old PC. Some home users think that removing data only is enough. I personally believe that the entire hard disk should be cleaned off of all data and software applications including the operating system. There have been to many horror stories of criminals being able to retrieve information off of hard disks and being able to obtain identity information of prior owners.

Microsoft also points out to include all software and accessories with the unit. They also mention that on OEM machines the operating system disk must remain with the system and can not be used on another computer system. Also of note was their mentioning that most schools will not take PC that are over 5 years old. Which is understandable since older systems may not meet the needs of internet access and newer software applications.

They also note that:

“Schools often receive donated computers that lack the appropriate supporting documentation and media for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Now, through Microsoft’s Fresh Start for Donated Computers program, schools can get Windows installation CDs and the proper documentation for their donated computers — at no cost to the primary and secondary schools.

Find out if your school qualifies for Microsoft software at no cost.

Apply Online”

So if you know of a school who has received donated computers with no documentation, Microsoft may be able to supply the proper operating system free of charge. And some people think that Microsoft doesn’t have a heart. :-)

Take a look at this Microsoft article and I hope it helps some of you who are struggling with what to do with that old PC. Good luck and happy donating.

Ten Tips From Microsoft.

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Being Green – What Is It ?

When I first read that Micheal Dell was touting ‘being green’ at the Consumer Electronics Show, in las Vegas, my first thought was recycling computer parts to save our landfills from toxic waste. During the next few weeks after the show had ended, I read more articles which explained exactly what some of the major companies were doing and I had a better understanding what ‘being green’ was all about.

So I thought I would pass on some of things I learned from my research.

‘Being green’ does include recycling old computers systems. Some of the large OEM’s provide a Free service and will take that old PC in for recycling, when you buy a new PC from tehm. One company that does this is Apple.

Other companies have reduced the amount of packaging for their products, to reduce excess waste.

And reducing energy use is now a prime concern of both Intel and AMD. Where once they touted the speed of their chips, they now also include how energy efficient they have become. By using less energy, the chips also produce less heat, which in turn reduces cooling costs as well.

Hewlett-Packard will pay you to return your used print cartridges. I know that Staples is involved in this effort as well. The print cartridges are then recycled when possible.

And other major companies also have their specifics on ‘being green’ And states are also getting into the act and either impose a recycle fee and hold vendors responsible for recycling their products.

Here is one figure I stumbled on in my research:

‘Gartner estimates 925 million PC’s, will be replaced worldwide between 2006 and 2010.’

Now that’s a eye opener.

Comments welcome.

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Recycle That Old PC – But How?

Some of you may have bought a new PC for X-mas or are considering replacing that old clunker computer when Vista is released at the end of January 2007. And you may be wondering what to do with your old system once the new one arrives. Here are some tips for you to help make disposing of the old PC hopefully a pleasant experience.

But first you will want to make sure that no personal data remains on your old system before disposing of it properly. For PC users, there is a free program known as Eraser. This program will completely remove all files from your hard disk. For the paranoid among us, another option is to disassemble the hard disk and destroy the platters inside of the unit.

Most computer manufacturers have a recycling program for old computers if you buy a new system from them. Some manufacturers will also recycle other brands of computers just as long as you buy a new system from them. Before making your computer purchase, ask the manufacturer of the new system what its policy is on recycling old computers. You may be surprised that they will make arrangements to have pre-paid boxes sent to you for transport.

Also, ask around. Your friends, neighbors, or relatives may know of someone who might want your old unit and may be willing to take it off your hands. It never hurts to ask and you may be surprised at the results. Not everybody has the pocket change to blow on a new rig. Elderly people on a fixed income may be eager to take your old PC just to learn on. Local charities sometimes will take old computers and fix them up for just this purpose. Ask at your local church if it knows of anyone who might be able to get a few more miles from your system.

At used computers.com, you can place a free ad for your old system. Just be aware that this may involve having to ship the system to a different part of the country, but you may be able to negotiate the shipping fee with the buyer.

Some states (such as California) collect a recycling fee when you purchase a computer system. Check and see if the fee may have already been paid for your computer. Why pay twice?

If anyone has any other ideas on how to dispose of old computers, please leave a comment for all of us. Thanks in advance.

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