What happens to unwanted tech junk?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by estockme, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. estockme macrumors regular


    Mar 3, 2011
    I often wonder this given the amount of resources, precious metals from around the world, etc, that go into producing things that many people replace every 1-3 years. I know a lot of it gets shipped to to Asia for recycling because I have seen pictures of children sitting on piles of computer chips, but is that it? And ebay, of course... how about plugging everything into a giant computer that can incorporate working processors and storage to make a giant, benevolent server and thinking machine a la Hitchiker's guide?
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Recycling, rubbish, or grandma's attic. Probably a very small amount gets used in something people call art these days (making something hideous out of old tech junk).

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