Recycling is an important consideration for Information Technology Resources. For more infomation please visit the Green IT page at the Sustainability site.
What happens to obsolete computer hardware?
- All supported, configured redeployments are at the direction of Instructional Technology, the Product Lifecycle Management team, Technical Services and Student Computing.
- Any equipment leaving the university will have the SEU logo removed, the serial number from the CPU recorded and the hard drive reformatted. The operating systems for the Macs may remain. Equipment targeted for disposal will have the hard drive removed.
- Classroom and Lab machines are sold or donated to schools and non-profits.
- Staff machines are redeployed based on Tech Services recommendations.
- Broken machines are salvaged by Technical Services. Those computers beyond repair are donated to computer repair and robotics programs.
- When equipment has been passed down outside of the “normal” process, the equipment will not be accepted for subsequent service, or be used as the basis for future redeployment through the obsolescence process.
"With 2-GHz computers available for well under $1,000, what good is an old 300-MHz Pentium II system? The answer depends on your willingness to experiment, have fun, learn, and prevent pollution. Here are ten things you can do with that old PC, starting with tasks for relatively "better" old PCs, and working our way down to the real junkers."
By Warren Ernst on November 19, 2003