[Noisebridge-discuss] E-Waste / Donations discussion

Rubin Abdi rubin at starset.net
Thu Oct 29 20:18:47 UTC 2015

It would be great if folks involved with the refresh weekend to please
chime in. Thanks.

On 27 October 2015 at 13:37, Zach R <organicunity at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hey all,
>   So there was some tension in the space today regarding some hardware
> donations I brought over.  After talking to some people I learned that
> there was an E-Waste cleanup effort recently, and that some members donated
> their time to haul stuff away.  I would like to take the opportunity to
> open this topic up for discussion among the community.
> I was told tonight that E-Waste has been a problem at NB, and this was
> news to me.  I was also told the regular collector of E-Waste (the phone
> number on the E-Waste bin by the elevator) does not do pickups anymore.
> This also surprised me because he did a pickup earlier this summer when I
> called him... Well, I called him again tonight and he is says he is
> completely okay picking up E-waste.  I scheduled a time with him for
> Wednesday afternoon and I will take it upon myself to meetup with him and
> update via the list what is going on there.  He seemed more than happy to
> haul stuff away when I talked with him tonight.
> I would come to the meeting tomorrow night to talk about this more if I
> didn't have a prior engagement.  Tuesday nights are usually my busiest of
> the week.  But I would like to ask these questions to the community:
> 1) How much donations should we allow in the space?  What are the items we
> don't want and who should we turn away?
> 2) How should E-waste coordination for pickups happen?  (I am willing to
> take on a role in this)  What is a "Plan B" if regular E-waste people are
> unavailable?
> 3) How often should E-waste get picked up?
> 4) How should the hackershelves be organized to facilitate keeping the
> space clutter-free? Who decides what will stay and what goes?
> In regards to the last one, there are a bunch of vintage oscilloscopes on
> the hackershelves now.  There is also a very large printer on the top, and
> other items I would personally vote to remove.
>     I think communicating about these questions with as many people as we
> can will make sure there is enough input on this.  I would hate to see NB
> become a place that refuses donations and is hardware anemic.  We do not
> receive anywhere near the donations we used to back in say, 2012 and
> earlier.  I am able to bring some quality stuff into the space (I brought
> in 5 laptops last week that were all gone without a couple days) and I
> would like to continue supporting NB this way.
>     One of my favorite things to do for the community is to provide
> hardware, and it is also immensely helpful for my classes.  There are
> countless people that have benefited from the donations we receive and the
> hackershelves and donations have proved to be incredible valuable to many,
> many noisebridge people in positive ways.  Let's find a way to keep this
> sustainable and working for everyone.
> Best,
> Zach
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