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Today’s Progress

Thanks to a Honda Element from Zipcar (picked up downtown since there are no longer any Zipcar vehicles on Beacon Hill) I managed to make a few runs to the various recycling and transfer centers around Seattle. I cleaned out enough boxes of Styrofoam packaging to fill the whole cube-y back of the Element and made a trip to Total Reclaim to recycle useless electronics including:

3 broken routers
1 SCSI Zip Drive
2 dead Palm devices
6 dead phones
4 broken keyboards
8 defunct mice
3 Palm chargers
2 calculators
1 headset
3 or more phone chargers
1 broken CPU fan
20+ miscellaneous power cords for unknown devices
1 USB hub
1 multi-card reader
1 defunct 10-key pad
1 broken wireless hub
1 ancient power screwdriver
3 external modems (going back to 2400 baud)
1 bubble jet printer
1 old alarm system, or the broken components thereof
1 half-sized beverage fridge (RIP old game-night friend!)

I think we finally may be hitting the end of the electronics graveyard that we’ve been maintaining for the last decade. Back before recycling operations were as affordable and easy to access as those we have today, I just couldn’t bear to throw these things out with the trash. Dumping illegally along the side of the road (like so many of my neighbors resorted to after responsible cities stopped accepting electronic junk with their garbage pick-ups) was never an option, ever ever ever. That’s not how I roll, as the kids used to say. I held on and waited for a solution to present itself.

It was worth every penny of my $17.50 to rid us of the 51 pounds our miscellaneous defunct electronics and the $20 to have a responsible recycler take the dead ‘fridge off my hands.

10 comments to Today’s Progress

  • Now the question is… what percentage of those things died in your hands, compared to Chris’? ;-)

  • Now the question is… what percentage of those things died in your hands, compared to Chris’? ;-)

  • game night fridge is dead? NoooooooOOooo.

    That’s an impressive list of electronics. I’ve got my own farm of the dead to deal with someday soon.

  • game night fridge is dead? NoooooooOOooo.

    That’s an impressive list of electronics. I’ve got my own farm of the dead to deal with someday soon.

    • Yeah, Kate was trying to help “defrost” the freezer section and started chipping away at the icy build-up with a screw driver or something. Punctured the thing and released all the coolant while I was out at the movies or something. I only realized what had happened when I stepped in the pool of water. :(

      On the plus side, Office Max was selling a similar fridge for a steal in their year-end inventory reduction sale so I used my Christmas money from my dad to get a new one. :)

  • Well done! There’s a computer recycling operation here in Alexandria, and I have made HUGE use of their services. :)

  • Well done! There’s a computer recycling operation here in Alexandria, and I have made HUGE use of their services. :)

  • The phones, Palms, card reader, screw driver, and at least 2 of the modems succumbed to the infamous aura.

  • Yeah, Kate was trying to help “defrost” the freezer section and started chipping away at the icy build-up with a screw driver or something. Punctured the thing and released all the coolant while I was out at the movies or something. I only realized what had happened when I stepped in the pool of water. :(

    On the plus side, Office Max was selling a similar fridge for a steal in their year-end inventory reduction sale so I used my Christmas money from my dad to get a new one. :)