I can't stand the U.S. Postal Service with their obsolete stamps and long lines, but they have actually come up with a useful service called "Mail Back" that allows you to ditch your old gadgets in the mail for free. Currently, postage-paid envelopes can be picked up in around 1500 post offices in 10 cites that include Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., with plans to go nationwide if the trial is successful. Once mailed, the discarded electronics end up at Clover Technologies Group for recycling (or possibly in pockets of crooked postal workers). [ComputerWorld via Lifehacker]
i would be totally down with the idea of people picking old gizmos up for free. alot of people have old pentium 4 computers with half a gig or so of ram and 60 gig hdds that are just collecting dust. they eventually throw em out, but thats a pain in the ass. Meanwhile, they're still perfectly good computers. even if the computer doesnt work, that doesnt mean that the entire thing is busted. perhaps it just need a diff motherboard or hdd.
by recycle, they mean melt down and use the material to make something else. i wish that they would instead send them to places to have the good parts reused
they could do this with lots of devices...but computers seem the most critical.