Originally Posted by Apple ][
I think that it's safe to say that most Macs do not end up in a dumpster somewhere. I still have my old Macs that are more than a decade old. How many people with old PC's are still keeping those alive?
Sorry buddy, the majority of them are already in some garbage dumb someplace.
Even Apple is reputed to have sent tons of Macs, Mac LCs, Peformas, Quadras and the Centris models to the dumpster just before Jobs returned to the company and reformulated the product line. By 1996, Apple had gotten it down to just Macs and Performas. In '97, before Jobs returned, there were just 4 Performa models released, the last one on April 1. Jobs returned on July 9th.
I did have a G4 Sawtooth that was a great machine that I used for nine years (which must be 63 years in "computer years"). I tried to give it away to a school or home for the elderly, but no one wanted it. I did finally give it away to someone who couldn't afford a computer, so I guess it didn't initially wind up in the dump. But I bet it's there now.
But if you really think that Macs don't wind up in dumpsters, I invite you to visit a recycling fair like the ones sponsored by TekServe. There you see old Macs by the ton ready to be recycled. The attached video has some info, although you don't see any Macs piled up. But I've been to those events and you see piles and piles of them. Since they were recycled, I guess technically, they didn't wind up in dumpsters, but eventually most of the non-toxic parts do.http://youtu.be/1byzAWVnDR8