Waste Management spokesman Wes Muir says they’re doing this because old household electronic devices are made out of things that can be recycled, and they don’t need to be buried in landfills.
“Everything from the glass, the plastics, the metals, all this material is a valuable resource that can be recycled into other products.”
Muir says in the past two years alone, nearly two million tons of old TVs, DVD players, VCRs, computers, printers, cell phones, you name it, were buried in the nation’s landfills. He says since Waste Management and Sony started working together on recycling, they’ve collected more than 11 million pounds of electronic waste, and that total will grow as they continue hosting recycling events around the country. They accept just about anything in the way of table-top and hand-held consumer electronics.
“What we won’t accept is microwaves, smoke detectors, household appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners.”
Muir says they also won’t accept anything from a business or commercial entity. Private individuals only please, and up to five items per person. The free recycling centers will be open from 9am till 4pm tomorrow at Space Center Houston on NASA Parkway, Reliant Park, the Humble Civic Center in Humble, and the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Recycling Center.
Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.