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Things I took to CHaRM today

Started: 2013-09-28 14:20:58

Submitted: 2013-09-28 14:44:35

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In which the intrepid narrator takes obsolete and broken electronics to Ecocycle's CHaRM

Ever since moving into this house last spring I've been accumulating electronics and other things we can't easily dispose of in our curbside recycling bin. We had a few electronics die on us in the past year (our HP LaserJet printer Rygel and my Mac Mini Sasami), and during the flood I found a box of electronics I hadn't touched since moving in. I'd meant to visit my local Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials ("CHaRM") for a while but got sidetracked with the flood. When I pulled up I discovered they were accepting flood-damaged items free from City of Boulder residents, but the stuff I wanted to get rid of wasn't actually flood-damaged, so I paid full price -- US$33 -- to properly discard my electronics and other stuff.

Stuff waiting to be taken to CHaRM
Stuff waiting to be taken to CHaRM

(Behind the pile is the flood-damaged carpet from our basement; I'm waiting for the City of Boulder-sponsored curbside pickup starting next week to get rid of that.)

The full list:

  • Cables:
    • Coax
    • Audio
    • USB
    • Speaker
    • Phone
  • 2 pair shoes
  • Computer power supply
  • Samsung cell phone
  • Flat-bed scanner
  • Computer keyboard (an old Microsoft Natural keyboard with a PS/2 interface)
  • 2x computer mice
  • VCR (still worked, but we haven't used it in years)
  • Receiver (still worked, but we haven't used it in years)
  • 2x hard drives
  • Mac Mini
  • Roomba (no longer fully functional)
  • HP LaserJet printer
  • Extra HP toner cartridge
  • Scrap metal (mostly edging removed from the yard)

Now I can actually park my car in the garage again.

Bitscape, age 26, is a highly sought white hat hacker and an agent of
social subversion. An avid fan of salsa, developer-centric web design,
and cheesy pop music, Bitscape co-creates a world of love and
acceptance by sharing his vision. He enjoys helping low-tech firms
define their offline strategy, and he's advised many anonymous
unknowns, including the homeless on Pearl Street, escaped mental
patients, and hookers on East Colfax. As an aspiring web bum, he
applies his knowledge to a community venture, the Content Collective.
Bitscape resides in Westminster, Colorado, but may soon be moving into
a van down by the river. For speaking arrangements, don't bother
calling. Your bits will be lost in the noise.
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