Sustainably purge your home/office electronics, textiles, toys and more, plus securely shred documents
West Houston’s largest e-recycling event will collect an incredible variety of unused electronics – along with household textiles and toys, plus documents destined for secure shredding – at Energy Corridor Recycles Day 2016, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, November 19, at the Addicks Park and Ride, 14230 Katy Fwy.
More than 435,500 pounds of unused electronics have been collected by The Energy Corridor District and its company partners during the annual Energy Corridor Recycles Day.
“That’s a lot of electronics kept from harming the environment with the potential to leak toxic chemicals into landfills and along roadsides where they are often disposed of,” explains Rachael Weaver, community relations coordinator for The District.
Energy Corridor Recycles Day also makes it easy to purge unwanted stuff from garages, family rooms and offices. A large number of volunteers from Energy Corridor companies join the event, unloading stuff from trunks and pickup beds so that you don’t even have to leave your vehicle.
Certified electronics recycling during the event will be handled by CompuCycle. Electronics accepted for recycling include:
- personal computers, laptops, servers, server racks, switches, hubs and routers;
- keyboards, mice, speakers, cords and cables;
- computer monitors (CRT, LCD, LED, Plasma), projectors and TVs (no larger than 27 inches);
- hard drives, floppy drives, tape drivers and memory chips;
- printers, copiers, plotters and fax machines;
- UPS batteries, power supplies;
- CDs, VHS tapes, DVD/CD/VCR players and stereo equipment;
- game consoles, controllers and PDAs;
- cell phones and telephones;
- rechargeable batteries;
- even hair styling utensils, alarm clocks and electric fans.
Electronics waste is a significant issue in the United States, which generates some 3.4 million tons of electronic waste away each year. More than two-thirds of those disposed electronics are not recycled, instead tossed in the trash or along roadsides. Many of those devices contain potential carcinogens such as lead, cadmium, flame retardants, hexavalent chromium, mercury and PVC.
“Energy Corridor Recycles Day is an easy way for people to purge their offices and homes of unwanted goods and documents in a sustainable manner,” Weaver says. “Improper disposal is a daunting problem worldwide. Each year in America alone we trash 130 million cell phones, 74 million keyboards and mice, and 23 million televisions.”
Confidential document shredding has also proven popular at Energy Corridor Recycles Day, which securely grinds up anywhere from 9,000 to 16,000 pounds of old paper files every year.
Save the date November 19 and start collecting your unused electronics, textiles, toys, old documents and more for Energy Corridor Recycles Day 2016.