Recycling Handbook

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Guide for setting up and teaching warehouse tasks.

Standard Volunteer Tasks


  • Bins Required:
    • name
      • Size:
      • Contents:
      • QC into:
    • name
      • Size:
      • Contents:
      • QC into:
  • Special tools:

  • How to Teach:

  • Special Notes:

Systems at the Bench

Basic System Deconstruction is a few years old.


  • Hard Plastic
  • Steel (remove rods from longer keys, screws, plates)
  • Filmy plastic with printed silver circuitry
  • Rubbery sheet (jellyfish-like)
  • Circuit boards
  • Wires/cables

Network Devices

  • Plastic (remove all LEDs, wires, switches, etc)
  • Steel (screws, etc)
  • Circuit boards
  • Wires/cables
  • Misc (CBM, etc)

Daughter Cards

  • Cards
  • Steel (screws, faceplates)
  • Aluminum (heat sinks)
  • Fans
  • Batteries (occasional button batteries)
  • RAM

Floppy Drives (aluminum chassis only)

  • Aluminum
  • Steel (covers, screws, etc)
  • Circuit boards (controller card)
  • Misc (motors, plastic/steel mix, cable/wire)

Heat Sink Fan Combos (ZIF only)

  • Fans
  • Aluminum (heat sinks)
  • Wires
  • Steel (screws, clips, brackets)

Hard Drives

  • Bins Required:
    • Chassis
      • Size: medium -They get heavy fast
      • Contents: All parts of the hard drive except for the circuit board,
      • QC into: HD chassis gaylord
    • Circuit Boards
      • Size: medium or Small
      • QC into: Category 3 circuit board barrel
    • Steel - screws and loose steel brackets
      • Size: Small
      • QC into: Schnitzer steel bin.
    • Trash
      • Size: Trash Cans
      • Contents: loose foam pads and rubber covers
      • QC into: Garbage dumpster
  • Special tools:
    • Phillips 00 and Torx 4 for laptop size drives.
  • How to Teach:
  • Special Notes:
    • We should have the tools required to remove the boards from laptop drives. In the past we have instructed volunteers to pry off the thing circuit boards so that they rip neatly around the screws.
  • Alternate method
    • Magnet Harvesting:

Advanced volunteer tasks

Aluminum Drives

  • Bins Required:
    • Motors
      • Contents: motors with or without integrated circuit boards.
      • QC into: Motors barrel
    • Mid-grade Circuit Boards
    • Steel
    • Cast Aluminum
      • Contents: Clean Aluminum chassis with no steel, brass or other bits.
      • QC into: Clean Cast Aluminum Barrel
    • CBM
      • Contents: Everything else including: wires, low grade circuit boards steel that did not come off pure.

  • Special tools:
    • Power drill if appropriate
    • Phillips bit #2 and occasionally #1

  • How to Teach:
    • Stress that with the power drill it is easy to strip screws and that striped screws make aluminum unclean.

  • Special Notes:
    • John's Experiment
      • In one hour of uninterrupted work with the corded power drill I disassembled 21 large 5.25 inch aluminum drives. Smaller drives have low grade boards and more annoying screws. (In John's opinion smaller drives may not be worth the effort.)

this yielded:
14 lbs of cast aluminum
18 lbs of motors
1.5 lbs of midgrade circuit boards.
1 lb of junk plastic
unknown quantity of steel that has the aproximate value of CBM
unknown quantity of cbm (steel plastic and wire)

notes: I stripped 2 screws which i was able to remove quickly. I set aside 2 drives that looked like they would require excessive effort. I'll cbm them or clean them enough for dirty aluminum. My focus was on separating motors and midgrade circuit boards, I let everything else that came off of the drive pile up and go into a cbm, unless it happened to be clean plastic.

Battery Sorting and Boxing

Overhead Projectors

Power Supplies

Wood Bearing Material (speakers)


Bench Setup for Motherboards

  • The volunteer group Central City Concern disassembles motherboards every Tuesday morning. The following are instructions for re-configuring the bench in preparation for their arrival.

Supplies =

these are up above the MoBo/Cards shelves by the windows =
2 very big pink plastic bins,
2 big blue plastic bins,
6 little floppy-disk buckets;
these are standing up by one of the east windows =
4 big pieces of cardboard;
these you'll have to scrounge from Recycling or Adv Test =
RAM - 6 to 12 sticks,
Button Cell Batteries - 6 to 12,
Procs - Socket & Slot - 6 to 12
(Adv Test has a "Bad CPU" bucket you might need),
Heatsink/Fan combos - 6 to 12.

Rolling Steel Cart =

have volunteers empty it saturday nite,
install the 2 very big pink bins to hold the MoBos.

Non-Magnetic Metal & Small Steel buckets =

let them be empty, except for a little seeding.

BenchTop =

Red Bucket =
2 sticks of RAM
White Bucket =
2 ButtonCell Batteries
little floppy-disk Bucket =
1 for each workstation (volunteers will use these for screws).

UnderBench =

Speakers & Fans bin =
socket-type Heatsink/Fan combo
upper right MoBo bin =
a socket proc, a slot proc with plastic & heatsink attached
both lower MoBo bins =

Cover the E-Plastic & RibbonCable gaylords with the cardbaord,

put a big blue plastic bin on each (for plastic from MoBos).

GBM gaylord =

if it is more than 1/2 full, swap it out to gaylord country, we'll fill it for sure, & it's easier than having to swap it part way through the MoBo shift, or leaving it for the afternoon shift.

future changes being considered =

 since RAM is now Cat3 like most procs, have volunteers put RAM
    in with the procs under the bench (easier for us to sort or
 have volunteers use an empty bin under their bench for plastic,
    this would eliminate the big blue buckets & cardboard.

Staff Only

Hazardous stuff