There is curb side garbage collection in my home town, basically people dump old or broken stuff out the front of their homes and council trucks eventually pick it all up. This occurs twice a year and if you are keen and early you can find some great hardware when driving around the streets.
In the last month I've found 5 commodore monitors, 3 c64s (all working), an amiga 2000 (repairable I hope), 3 amiga 500s (2 working), 8 c64 disk drives (all working), 2 amiga disk drives (both working), a shit load of disks cables carts and powersupplies. If this goes on any longer my wife may leave me.
There is so much free stuff about. Its amazing how much money people are willing to spend on ebay.