You've just brought home that shiny new computer with all the bells and whistles and you can't wait to set it up. Then there's the small matter of your old computer that's on its last legs. It's not worth selling or even donating. Do you just toss it in a dumpster and call it a day?
Think of the millions of computers, tablets and cell phones that are in use in this country. Now imagine the effects on the environment of all the discarded ones lying in a landfill. This e-waste is not biodegradable and contains toxic substances like lead or cadmium that can leak out into the eco-system.
Fortunately, a number of companies have stepped up to provide safe, eco-friendly recycling programs for electronics. Here are some of the convenient options here in Corpus Christi.
According to STS Electronic Recycling, up to 80 percent of toxic material in landfills is a result of e-waste. They're helping to reduce that number with their free EPA-compliant electronics recycling program. For your peace of mind, STS performs secure destruction of hard drive data with a process that exceeds the rigorous standards of the Department of Defense. Call 903-589-3705 for more information.
Retailer Altex Computers & Electronics has partnered with Ascent Recycling and Consulting to offer a free recycling program for computers regardless of brand or supplier. Just take your components in to their retail location at 5945 McArdle Road between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. They accept any laptop or desktop computers along with monitors and peripherals such as keyboards and mice.
The website of the Environmental Protection Agency allows you to search for electronics recycling programs provided by major retailers and manufacturers. They also offer helpful guidelines such as a reminder to remove any batteries from equipment for separate recycling.
Responsible recycling is a major element of "green" living and shows consideration for your neighbors at our Springs Apartments community. Please share any other recycling tips you may have!