Ever wondered what actually happens to your old PC components when you chuck them in the recycling bin? Well, the odds are that they end up being either recycled or possibly re-purposed at a facility similar to the one that the LinusTechTips gang visited recently. The facility in question is known as Free Geek, a non-profit organization where volunteers receive old and broken PC electronic devices that people no longer want, sort them, test them and either recycle them for the precious metals they contain, or use them to build working machines that then get sold back in to the community for very competitive prices.
Linus visited the Free Geek facility in Vancouver, unearthing a veritable Aladdin’s cave of old hardware that will sure have the pulses of many overclockers racing, - especially those who are partial to a stab at the Old School is Best School contest where ancient and outdated hardware can be worth its weight in gold. In the video (link below) Linus explores several stages of the recycling process with volunteers helping to sort through boxes upon boxes of motherboards, expansion cards, CPUs, memory sticks, drives and pretty much every component or device that was ever made, ever.
The efforts of Free Geek and its enthusiastic volunteers help address several issues including the recovery of precious and toxic materials that are used in the manufacture of many PC components and the reduction of the environmental impact of the inevitable PC upgrade cycle. It also provides local communities with access to affordable PCs that actually function quite productively with a simple Linux OS.
I’m guessing there are overclockers involved with non-profit facilities like Free Geek all over the world. If you are involved with something similar in your community, chime in on the HWBOT forum thread (link below).