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Back for Another Byte

April 19, 1993| Associated Press

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Computers roll in by the truckload--ancient Apples, old IBMs and hoary Hewlett-Packards.

Once destined for the dump, the castoffs are being saved, spruced up and shipped to schools.

Thousands of working machines and others in need of slight repair are being thrown away by corporations and government agencies trying to keep up with the latest advances.

Rather than letting them pile up in warehouses and landfills, volunteers for the 3-month-old Computer Recycling Center, tucked in a Silicon Valley industrial park, fix the computers up and give them away.

"It's wrong to be throwing the computers in the garbage," said Mark Hass, a former robotics engineer and founder of the nonprofit center.

Thousands of schools lack the money or the technical expertise to obtain computers and train students to use them, Hass said. "It solves a need for them (companies) and it solves a need for the schools," he said.

School officials welcome the computers.

"It's very trying times in terms of school finances," said Louis C. Henry Jr., principal of Arbuckle Elementary Community School in San Jose, one of the first recipients of the computers.

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