Tell me about it.
Every so often I have to go to the local tip to throw away big items that won't fit in the bin (trashcan) and I am AMAZED at the amount of computer hardware that is piled up there. I used to retrieve the odd machine that looked useable and 9 times out of 10, the machine will boot up (albiet slowly) into Windows XP. A simple install of a lite linux distro and bam! - A perfectly useable computer.
It seems people (morons?) throw away XP machine when they "slow down" as they are "too old".
It completely annoys the god-damn hell out of me.
Oh, the last time I tried to take a machine - I was shouted at and told "You're not allowed to take old computers anymore!!!" - they even have a freakin camera checking for those pesky re-cyclers!
And as for the 'broken' laptops - give them me! I'll install debian on it, hook it up to an LCD and use it has a nice 'n quiet MythTV frontend!
Honestly - some people need shooting.