I live in a small town on the sparse side of Oregon. Sparse of people, anyway; there are lots of mountains, high desert, cows, deer, elk, foxes, ground squirrels, badgers, raptors of all kinds, and so on. But hardly any computer geeks, and no recycling of any kind, let alone finding a use for older computer gear.
But thanks to some cool folks at Linuxchix.org, I learned of two excellent resources for recycling or adopting out old stuff. Costco will give members a few bucks trade-in value on their old electronics, and if your stuff has no trade-in value they’ll send it to a recycler at no cost to you. You don’t even have to haul it farther than your door- they send you a shipping label. Visit the Costco Trade-in and Recycle Program for details.
Freecycle.org is a free community-based service for giving and getting free stuff. “It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.” If there isn’t a Freecycle group in your town, it’s easy to start one.
Hurrah for creative thinking and making it easier to reuse stuff!