Last week I visited Brenda Aynsley at the ACS PC Recycling SIG, now located in the Australian Computer Society office in Adelaide. This is a special interest group of the South Australian Branch of the ACS, which takes donations of old computers, refurbishes them and then sells them to non-profit community groups for a nominal amount. Those eligible include pensioners and TAFE students.
Volunteers scrub hard disks, make any repairs or upgrades needed to the hardware and install new copies of Microsoft Windows software (Linux is also available as an option). This is a useful way to keep some hardware out of landfill and provide a service to the community.