It's the First of Spring so it's officially okay to start cleaning your house. I'm not a clean freak but I do love to throw stuff out. For me it's way better than buying things. So in honor of Spring, today I threw away two laptops. They'd been sitting collecting dust for TWO YEARS but I never got around to it because I figured it was going to be complicated. "It's electronics, you can't just throw them into the trash, you have to dispose of them". Today seemed like a fitting day, so I Googled 'recycle electronics SF' and found a place that was on the way to work. It was not complicated at all and I should have trashed these suckers a long time ago. Let me make the process painless for you too: If you're in the SF Bay Area there are a lot of places that will recycle old electronics. I went to Green Citizen on Howard and 2nd Street but literally 5 minutes after I dumped the laptops I passed a guy piling tons of old electronics into the back of a truck for another company called Computer Recycling Center. The SF Department of the Environment has other links as well.
Stop kidding yourself. You're not going to sell it on eBay or Craigslist. This is junk so throw it out.
Recycling the laptop is free and they'll wipe the hard drive as standard procedure. If you want to get medieval on it, this guy will smash your hard drive for $20 and give you a certificate to prove it!