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This page represents the current resource disposal policy of HacDC.
In my own lair, I can make solo judgments about what to keep and what to pitch, but in a community workspace it would suck for one person to throw out stuff that someone else wanted to keep. At the June 3rd, 2008 meeting, a basic outgoing-stuff strategy was outlined:
- If you think something should be thrown out, move it to the outgoing-stuff box. (Does this box exist? Katie 08:19, 11 August 2009 (UTC))
- After a week in the box, if nobody objects, out it goes.
- If you want something in the box, consider taking it home instead of storing it at the space!
- If it isn't too large or heavy, consider slating it for HacDC's GIMBOEJ.
Incoming donations that do not find their way into the HacDC infrastructure, set aside for a project or identified as valuable for future use in its donated form should be, in the following order of priority:
- Cannibalized for usable parts, craft projects and/or disassembled for educational purposes
- Donated to another non-profit organization who could divert the donation from the waste stream
- Granted to a member who promises to divert the item from the waste stream and not sell the item for personal gain. (Must notify Central Services for compliance reasons before acquiring or removing resources donated to HacDC.)
- Sold to any for-profit organization or individual willing to pay for it
Finally, junk which remains without purpose or plan for more than one month will be sent away for responsible e-waste recycling.
local electronics recycling resources
The DC government will take electronic waste without an additional fee, but you need to drop it off at the Ft. Totten Waste Transfer Station, which is almost impossible to find, particularly since the directions on their website refer to the use of a road that is currently closed. Here's a quick Google Map that conveys three key things:
- McCormick Road cannot be used -- at least, not the last time I went there
- you should not cross Puerto Rico Ave from Taylor, but rather get onto Brookland Ave going north immediately before it (I believe you can use either ramp off of Taylor to do this, but am not sure)
- The employees at the station can be a little vague on where electronics recycling occurs. Go to the end of the path on the map (although I should emphasize that its final location, not the specific way it gets there, is the important thing -- I can't recall the exact geometry of the station, and would encourage you not to drive your car into anything that looks like a giant crushing machine, despite what my map may say)