This question has some humor as well as practical implications for owners of Apple Mac G5s.

I came across this earlier on today as an alternative recycling option:

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Source Macgasm

Is this really a viable option (if a little extreme) & what other recycling methods exist for an old Apple Mac G5 ?

  • This is very cruel. – Paul R May 22 '13 at 7:38
  • @PaulR I think it illustrates the potential dangers as outlined in Wing Tang Wong's answer below. – Simon May 22 '13 at 13:00
  • Another use I saw when walking through Harlem the other day... a door stop. – Ryan Hollingsworth Jun 5 '13 at 16:19

Personally, I would lean against this for several reasons:

  • The aluminum used in the Mac Pro cases isn't food grade metal.
  • Some of the adhesives in the case were potentially noxious.

I realize it's tongue in cheek, but keep safe, people. :)


The frame of the Mac Pro(s) are basically aluminum. So you can take it to your local metal recycler and have it scraped for aluminum in exchange for money.

You can also refer to Apple's recycling policies.

Ebay/Craigslist are other options, as there are system rebuilders who would love to make use of an old Mac Pro case.

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  • Excellent reasons why it is such a stupid idea. – Simon May 22 '13 at 9:10
  • Can you make any comment in your answer as to plausible recycling options for the G5 ? – Simon May 22 '13 at 10:03
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    apple.com/recycling – bassplayer7 May 22 '13 at 13:12

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