Earth Friendly: E-Waste Days will be Sept. 17-18
By Meridith Byrd
The city of Victoria has partnered with Bass Computers to sponsor the annual Electronic Waste Days recycling event. This year's E-Waste Days will be at the Community Center on Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Electronics can be brought to the community center either day.
E-Waste Days are free for residents and businesses; all items will be accepted at no charge. However, in order for the event to have enough collection trailers on site, the city is asking businesses to register by Sept. 14 with the number and type of items that will be brought. Registration can be done at the Environmental Services website: www.victoriatx.org/environmental/recycling.asp.
Items accepted during the E-Waste event are desktop and laptop computers, TVs, monitors, servers, cameras, projectors, hard drives, cables, VCRs, DVD players, desktop printers, keyboards, mouses, batteries, cell phones, and communication equipment. Staff will be on hand to collect everything.
Area residents and businesses alike are encouraged to take advantage of the E-Waste Days, since the landfill is not permitted to take electronic waste, including TVs, because of the heavy metals and other contaminants inside. For instance, lead is a component of cell phones, as well as the cathode ray tube in older TVs and computer monitors.
Mercury, cadmium, nickel and lithium are all examples of harmful materials commonly found in electronics. Electronic waste should never be placed in the garbage, but disposed of responsibly, in order to keep the contaminants out of the environment.
While it might be hard to conjure up images of recycling when you think of your old laptop or cell phone, it is true. Materials such as glass, plastic, copper and aluminum, can be recovered from the electronics and recycled or incorporated into new products.
It is important to know that this is not Household Hazardous Waste Day, so items such as oil, pesticides, paint, medical equipment, appliances and lawn equipment, will not be accepted.
Questions can be directed to the city's Environmental Services staff at 361-485-3230.
Meridith Byrd is a marine biologist and invites read ers to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.