Texas Reports Electronics Recycling Results

Release Date
Fri, February 27 2015
Computer manufacturers collect more than 25 million pounds of electronics
Lisa Wheeler

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today announced that Texans turned in more than 25 million pounds of electronics to computer manufacturers for recycling. In addition to recycling covered computer equipment, many computer manufacturers also voluntarily collect other electronics for recycling. The TCEQ allowed computer manufacturers to report other electronics collected, not just the computer equipment covered under the program. Computer manufacturers reported collecting more than 25 million pounds of electronics from Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31, 2014.

Currently, 98 manufacturers representing 148 brands are participating in the computer recycling program. As part of the program, computer manufacturers collected more than 18 million pounds of covered computer equipment in 2014. Of that collected weight, more than 17 million pounds were recycled and 266 thousand pounds were reused.

Texans have many opportunities to recycle their computer equipment and other electronics outside of the computer recycling program. Collection events coordinated by municipalities, local nonprofit groups, private recyclers, and community-oriented businesses are additional ways Texans can recycle their computers. Since some of the recyclers don’t report to the TCEQ, the agency’s reported number doesn’t fully represent recycling activity in Texas.

The TCEQ encourages consumers to take advantage of electronics recycling opportunities in 2015. Texas consumers can learn how to recycle their computer equipment by visiting TexasRecyclesComputers.org, and their television equipment by visiting TexasRecyclesTVs.org.

For more information on the programs, contact the TCEQ’s Pollution Prevention and Education Section, 512-239-3143.

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