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Recycling cables
Posted by: wurm
Date: November 08, 2014 05:44PM
Oy. I've been doing some housecleaning/downsizing/organizing and among the many things I can't bring myself to just throw out are a bunch of cables I've accumulated. They must be worth something, but I'm not about to list individual cables on eBay. Hell, I'm disinclined to even count and sort them (but I probably will).

I'm thinking of just selling them all at once; sort of a "box o' cables". Do you think there would be any interest in something like that (either here or on eBay or Craigslist)? A quick glance shows a handful of coax in various lengths, a whole bunch of USB cables and a couple of extensions, ethernet cables, audio cables and adapters, a couple of firewire cables and who knows what else.

Any other place I'm not thinking of that would put them to good use?
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2014 06:06PM
you'll be lucky if you find someone to take some of these for free. Most likely they will end up in landfill or if lucky, in some recycling stream. No one will pay for old cables. I have too many of those myself. sad but true.
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: November 08, 2014 06:45PM
Yeah, I've got a lot, too, everything from power cables to SCSIs, and some I don't know what they're for.

I figure I'll leave them to my kids to throw out.

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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 08, 2014 06:54PM
I feel the same way; some things I just cannot throw away with the knowledge that they will clog some landfill. I imagine there are some people in a third-world country that may be employed stripping cables for the metal, but that is not too calming, either.



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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: wurm
Date: November 08, 2014 07:04PM
Thanks. I guess I feel a little better knowing that I'm not throwing out something with value. I'll probably weed through it and keep one or two of each...just in case.
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: Kate
Date: November 08, 2014 07:11PM
I could use a couple of the older iPhone bables if anyone has a few lying around. The wide ones for a 4s.

Happy to pay postage

Kate
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: Carm
Date: November 08, 2014 07:14PM
Electronics recycling place. Put em up on the free/for sale side.
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: billb
Date: November 08, 2014 07:24PM
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I feel the same way; some things I just cannot throw away with the knowledge that they will clog some landfill. I imagine there are some people in a third-world country that may be employed stripping cables for the metal, but that is not too calming, either.
Really don't want to strip the pvc from copper as it hardens the copper.
It gets chopped into bits then the copper and pvc bits are separated from each other via a solvent . The solvent/pvc is then precipitated and centrifuged back apart and the solvent reused. The majority of the pvc unfortunately gets safely burned waste/energy.



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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: wurm
Date: November 08, 2014 07:48PM
I just filled a bag of cables to bring to Best Buy tomorrow...coincidentally enough, on my way to the town landfill. Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2014 08:01PM
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wurm
I just filled a bag of cables to bring to Best Buy tomorrow...coincidentally enough, on my way to the town landfill. Thanks for the idea.

does Best Buy recycle cables?


EDIT:
Apparently they recycle a lot of stuff

[www.mprnews.org]



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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 08, 2014 08:18PM
A few ziplock bags can hold the obviously still-valuable cables.

Even VGA monitor cables are still worth something.

USB, etc

Put any firewire together - those are probably about as valuable as SCSI to most (i.e. not valuable at all).

Ethernet are still fine, too.
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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 09, 2014 07:46AM


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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 09, 2014 11:20AM
BB just sends them to some 3rd world country to be stripped =)





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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: billb
Date: November 09, 2014 12:16PM
156 countries world-wide bid on recycles as they are a commodity.
1/2 of the U.S. recycles are exported to China, Canada, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, UK, Mexico, India, Germany, Italy ,Hong Kong, Japan, in that order by volume. The other half is recycled here or burned - waste to energy.
It's not uncommon but increasing less often when a market price for a scrap commodity falls thru the floor that it gets dumped in a landfill.



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Re: Recycling cables
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: November 10, 2014 10:51AM
ewaste -- Free yourself of the clutter, that is worth much more than what you will probably spend in time and financial return.
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