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Get Ready to Keep Hazardous E-waste from Being Trashed: Energy Corridor Recycles Day is Nov. 14!

Addicks Park & Ride new location for this event, which annually collects tons of unused electronics

More than 2.4 million tons of electronic waste – many laced with toxic heavy metals – are thrown into landfills or incinerated every year in the United States. Help keep the environment safe and dispose of your old e-waste sustainably at The Energy Corridor Recycles Day 2015, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14 at a new location, the Addicks Park and Ride.

The seventh annual Energy Corridor Recycles Day – one of Houston’s largest e-cycling events, moves to the Addicks Park and Ride, 14230 Katy Fwy – where volunteers will make it easy to properly dispose of unused electronics, household recyclables, clothes and even toys, while securely shredding documents. You don't even have to get out of your car. 

Load up your televisions, computers, phones, hard drives, monitors, telecommunications equipment, game consoles and other electronics and bring them to Energy Corridor Recycles Day where they will be disposed of properly.

“Whether it's your garage or company storage closet, this is an opportunity to clear out clutter while helping Mother Earth,” explains Rachael Weaver, community relations coordinator for The Energy Corridor District.

Last year, 52 skids of electronics were collected. That's more than 46,235 pounds of e-waste disposed of properly, keeping potentially toxic materials out of landfills, roadside ditches and from being shipped overseas where salvaging the metals in electronic devices often involves unsafe conditions and even children.

“Electronic devices produce 50 million tons of waste worldwide each year, while the waste stream increases annually,” Weaver says. “Toxic chemical found in e-waste include lead, cadmium, mercury, PVC, flame retardants and hexavalent chromium, many of which are known to cause cancer, while all of them can have detrimental affects on our bodies.”

For cell phones alone, 135 million were trashed in the U.S. during 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with only 17 million recycled. More than 74 million keyboards and mice, many discarded by companies upgrading computer systems, were tossed in landfills.

Document clutter can also be eliminated at Energy Corridor Recycles Day. Last year’s event securely shredded eight tons of documents (15,400 pounds). The Internal Revenue Service recommends keeping documents for seven years. “After that, it’s time to de-clutter,” explains Weaver.

Join the host of volunteers from our event partners Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips to help make this year's Energy Corridor Recycles Day the biggest one yet. Last year’s e-cycle event drew a record 822 vehicles.

Your business can participate, too, from sponsorships, providing goodie bag swag or getting the word out to employees. To support Energy Corridor Recycles Day 2015, contact Rachael Weaver at rweaver@energycorridor.org.

Electronics recycling provided by CompuCycle. Document shredding provided by Shred Pro Services. Clothes, shoes and toys recycling provided by American Textile Recycling Services. Household recyclables collection provided by Republic Services.

“Save the date and start stacking up your old electronics, household items and documents today,” says Weaver.

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