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Desktops

Photos: For old PCs, the end comes in pieces

Obsolete desktops and other electronics gear don't fade away--in some cases, they're shaken and shredded.

    For old PCs, the end comes in pieces

    Cast-off computing gear (foreground) at a Hewlett-Packard recycling facility awaits its rendezvous with a shredder.

    Credit: Hewlett-Packard

    Cast-off computing gear awaiting recycling

    For old PCs, the end comes in pieces

    Once bigger than a breadbox, each PC is shredded into 3/4-inch granules that will be separated into piles of steel, plastic and other material.

    Credit: Hewlett-Packard

    Shredded PCs

    For old PCs, the end comes in pieces

    Office electronics contain traces of copper, gold, silver and other metals that can be recovered after they're torn apart.

    Credit: Hewlett-Packard

    Bits of metal recovered from office electronics

    For old PCs, the end comes in pieces

    The shredder and granulator stand ready for action.

    Credit: Hewlett-Packard

    Shredder and granulator, ready for action