Free And Easy Computer & Electronics Recycling. Right Here In Good Ole Fayette County

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Now don't go and start thinking ole Git is some sort of bedwetting tree hugger or such. Let it be known that I am convinced this whole global warming thing is a bunch of crap and that our grandkids are going to laugh their butts off looking back at us in 25 years or so. With that said I am and have always been a conservationist. Not a doomsday, the hole in the ozone is going to swallow us up type, but someone who believes we should be good stewards of our surroundings and not be wasteful. Following are some practical tips in recycling that many may not be aware of.

Now first thing; Do not ever pay Dell or Office Depot 25 or 30 bucks to ship off your old computer to a recycle center. It’s a stupid waste of money which only dupes you into thinking you just personally saved the earth. Instead try these links where we can all recycle easily and free. They are on our county website and in our own backyard.

Fayette County Landfill & Transfer Station Info

Household Recycling Items

The neat thing about the Household Recyclables is that you don't even have to separate your recyclable items anymore. They all just dump in the same compaction bin. This makes it an easy and no fuss solution. Yup! Glass, cardboard, cans, plastics, metals,….. all in the same hole. Don’t git no easier than that.

Computer & Electronics Recycling

I've always said: "When recycling becomes convenient and easy, I'll start doing it. Until then.... it goes in the trash". Smiling

All Other Recyclables

This link allows you to input the item desired and it will tell you where it can conveniently recycled in Fayette County.

A couple of months ago I dumped 2 old servers, 8 desktop computers, a bunch of monitors, several printers, all the associated wiring, keyboards and mice Eye-wink off at the electronics trailer. It was a packed pick-up truck load. The only hassle was that I had to carry it all up the stairs and stack it in the Gaylord boxes. But, it was well worth the effort and free. Get rid of all of your old, unwanted and obsolete video games, cordless phones, radios, typewriters, microwaves, Nintendo Machines, etc..... Only thing - Please note they DO NOT TAKE: TV's, wooden stereo speakers and light bulbs.

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Submitted by snapfinger on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 10:01pm.

Thank You for this great tip. It's amazing the things I learn from reading The Citizen blogs. This is the type of information the community needs and appreciates. Good Job!

Submitted by Spyglass on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:21am.

Will any place around take them without a fee?

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 2:40pm.

I've never bought a new battery from a legitimate source who wouldn't take the old one and also give you a credit for it!

I also have never bought a stolen one.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:26am.

Try AutoZone.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 11:49am.

Maple is right. Try any auto parts store. They get 'core exchange' credits back with the batteries you turn in. Same with used oil. Nearly all oil change facilities will accept your used oil.

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Submitted by simpleton on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 10:13pm.

What I don't understand is why Peachtree City doesn't have curbside recycling. Does anyone know if there's a way to get it? I lived in one city that had mandatory recycling and you had to purchase "garbage stickers" and I believe there was a fee for any extra garbage you had sitting out each week. In another city in which I lived, curbside recycling was commonplace and they ran it by treating it as community service for inmates or other lawbreakers. This, I thought, was an excellent idea because there was no additional cost. As convenient as Peachtree City's recycling center might be, a trip over there takes time that I simply don't have.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 2:32pm.

This is one thing the town does that I agree to. We have enough trash on the streets now from garbage pick-up without another group of salvage trucks coming through and with the terrible side of the street messes. People put everything out there to salvage---even old trees.
Also, hardly a day goes by we don't have those creaky old trucks lumbering through due to the town allowing more than one company picking up trash on different days!
I would rather have door to door salesmen! Or JWs. Or Mormons. Or Church Ladies!

There is an extremely nicely kept salvage center on McIntosh trail off route 74 S. One trip a month to there can't be a burden to anyone except the Defense Secretary possibly! (The street is Kelly until the dam then it is McIntosh Trail. (or MacIntosh, maybe.) I don't know whether the Chief was Scot or Irish!
No garbage stickers or tax charges please. We are sufficiently like the Germans enough!

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 9:36pm.

Good post Git. We all need to be good stewards of our planet, regardless of whose horse wins the race. It is good to be a conservative, one who actually conserves. As for tree hugging, well, some of my favorite living things are trees. I like them for their patience and serenity.

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Submitted by The Crime Dog on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 9:19pm.

If you drop off your PC ANYWHERE, take out the hard drive first and keep it to yourself. Your identity will thank you later.

I'm waiting to find a place that has the hard drive "shredder" and supposedly one exists. That's the DoD way to dump info anyway.

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 2:20pm.

Why is that?
There is nothing in my hard drive that could hurt me or help anyone else!
I don't put SS numbers etc., there.

Submitted by MYTMITE on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 2:40pm.

protected in some way, we would not want anyone else to get to those wonderful poems, blogs or pontifications that we have read here. Would hate to think that someone got them off your computer and had them published. They would surely make the best seller list and then that person would get wealthy off of all your hard work. That would be a shame. Shalom.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 8:24am.

There's more than one way to safely dispose of an old computer.

Removing the hard drive is effective. Physically destroying it afterwards is sure to do the job. But less drastic measures can be used also.

Reformatting the drive ought to work. Every computer has a so-called BIOS, a program which runs briefly when the computer is first turned on, and which normally gives you a couple of seconds to press on a key to get to stop right there and give you a chance to work with it. If you reformat the whole disk, everything ought to be erased completely. That might be sufficient.

If working with an operating system, deleting files and then defragmenting the drive might cause new information to be overwritten over the old one, effectively wiping it out. That, however, might possibly leave gaps where no new information comes in to overwrite the old stuff. At least this does not destroy any part of a computer you might intend to give to some other reliable person (like your parents or grandparents), and it can preserve valuable software programs on it.

One method which ought to work is taking out the hard drive and then running a strong magnet all over it. That should mess up the hard drive pretty well. Then, if you're really neurotic about this, you can put a hammer to it, although these drives are pretty tough. After you've done that, throwing your drive away buried in your stinky trash ought to do the job, as I doubt the trash collectors are the type that would bother salvaging the drive to steal your identity.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 10:05pm.

I failed to mention that very important point. Thanks for brining to our attention the hard drive security issue. I removed them from my units and cut them up in our shop with a metal cut-off saw. And like Cy mentions below... never sell one off in garage sale. It's not worth it.

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Submitted by muddle on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 11:22am.

I threw away an otherwise perfectly good laptop case because of the embroidered logo of a certain institution on its flap. I was very careful to ensure that I emptied the case of all contents first.

Later, I realized that I had left my flash drive clipped on the strap! It included a document with a detailed map to the $5,000,000.00 that D.B. Cooper buried in Utah.


Back in Nagasaki

Submitted by Bonkers on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 2:56pm.

Boy, you are cleaning house from your old employment!

Do you want to continue college instruction?

Submitted by MYTMITE on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 11:51am.

Changed the second word by adding Un at the beginning, then I followed the instructions in the map and it lead me to Caotaiu D's! where I was given a coupon for 3 breaded shrimp, cole slaw, 2 hushpuppies and a small diet coke. All I ended up with was a case of indigestion. Didn't realize old D. B. was such a joker. What is a flash drive?? And where do you use it?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sat, 08/02/2008 - 9:27pm.

on second thought, don't even do it. It's not worth it.
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