I thank Kathe Kitchens for bringing this to my attention:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 14, 2006
TCEQ Encourages Consumers to Recycle Used Electronics this Holiday Season
An estimated 1.3 million computers could be recycled annually.
Every holiday season, millions of Texans receive new home electronics. But as quickly as the latest television, computer, digital camera, cellular phone, video game console, or mp3 player is unwrapped, the older model is quickly discardedâ€”usually in a closet or an attic.
â€œIn this season of giving, we want to encourage consumers to donate their used electronic items, instead of throwing them away,â€ said Matt Baker, division director of the Small Business and Environmental Assistance division at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). â€œOften these products are still in perfectly good working condition, and can be recycled for reuse, or disassembled and sold for parts.â€
Based on a study by the National Recycling Coalition, about 1.5 million computers are taken out of service in Texas annually, and only an estimated 162,000 are recycled, leaving more than 1.3 million units that arenâ€™t recycled. â€œEven if your computer is several years old, it is still valuable,â€ said Baker. â€œAn average personal computer typically contains 40 percent steel, 30 to 40 percent plastic, 10 percent aluminum and 10 percent other metals, including copper, gold, silver, cadmium, and platinumâ€”all recyclable,â€ said Baker.
To find a recycler near you, the TCEQ has published an updated version of its statewide computer and electronics recycler locator guide, located in the â€œHot Topicsâ€ column of the TCEQ home page, http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
In addition, take-back programs are also being offered by some makers of computers and mp3 players, to promote recycling. Contact your manufacturer for details. Local charitable associations and nonprofit organizations are also in need of â€œalmost new,â€ working electronics including computers, televisions, video game consoles and digital cameras. Often these groups have a year-round necessity, and can find a new home for your used electronics.
If you donate to a non-profit, you can use it as an income tax deduction, which means YOU can decide how the government spends at least some of your money!