Earlier today, while walking through the halls of my college, I came across our electric recycling containers. Here departments dispose of unwanted old tech, from dead power supplies, to iffy looking Pentium 4 white boxes. Though time to time gold can be found. Below is my find from today:
In total I found several KVM cables, a few cat 5e patch cables, PS2 to USB adapters, null serial cables, and RJ45 to serial adaptors. These components are in great condition and shorty will see repurpose in my home lab.
This practice is called Ecycling. E-cylcing is the practice of reusing / repurposing electronic equipment rather than disposing of said equipment at the end of its life. Over the years I have recovered netbooks, 100MB lab switches (One was POE!), cables, 5.25 floppy holders, CRT monitor stands, rolling stands for desktop towers, 17” monitors and more. My current tower is using a recycled late 90s yellowing case just for that vintage feel.
In the end all I want to stress is everything can be repurposed. Additionally always keep an eye out for goodies that may appear in your corporate / college recycling.