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Eco-Quartier ICT Drop Off (E-waste Recycling)

One of the local Eco-Quartier’s in Montreal was having an e-waste (or ICT-Information and Communications Technology) drop off day! I sent them an email prior to the event, asking if I could take some of the electronics to use for my robots. I showed up in the afternoon, and helped out to take e-waste out of people’s cars, and also started to create a stash of electronics that I wanted.

To be honest, I was not expecting so much e-waste as there was! The number of computers, monitors, and tvs was just amazing.

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The crazy part about everything here was that a large part of the items are functional!

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At the end of the day, I had a pretty great looking stash:

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Scanners:

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Vintage Apple:

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Record players:

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VHS machines:

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Tape cassette machines:

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Printers & typewriters:

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Misc:

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I’m looking forward to scavenging parts from all of these. You can learn many things from tearing apart these old electronics, it’s really cool! Plus, it costs nothing to do, and whatever is not used or is scrap can just be recycled (with the right people). Completely a win-win situation!

Big thanks to the Eco-Quartier Pierrefonds-Roxboro volunteers that were nice enough to let me join in on the fun this afternoon! :) You can find out more about Eco-Quartiers here.

I really encourage everyone interested in robotics to go and find their local e-waste disposal and try to get some parts from old electronics! It is a great feeling to reuse instead of buy new, and it is also good for the planet! :)

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