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Get Rid of Toxic E-waste E-nvironmentally

Dispose of Darn Near Anything, Especially Electronics, During The Energy Corridor Recycles Day, Nov. 16

They’re all around us.

Old flip-style cell phones. Outdated telecommunications systems. VCRs. Cathode ray televisions that broadcast little but dust. Game consoles running Pong. Computers with prehistoric chips that take an hour to process videos of cats playing pianos. And all of them laced with potentially toxic materials that have no place in landfills. 

So here’s the deal.

Load up all those outdated, no-longer-used electronics and bring them to The Energy Corridor Recycles Day, November 16, where they will be disposed of properly, their precious metals recycled to prevent possible groundwater or soil contamination.

But wait, there’s more.

Got old clothes? Last decade’s hottest shoes? Lonely action figures waiting for another Toy Story sequel? How about moth-pillared towels piled in the garage? A slew of old documents that needs shredding, like those sentimental August 2007 utility bills? Or maybe Sesame Street DVDs awaiting your kids’ return from college?

Gather them all up and bring them to The Energy Corridor Recycles Day November 16.

In fact, the list of items accepted for recycling is rather amazing. Energy Corridor Recycles Day is West Houston’s opportunity to free itself from home and office clutter, while making sure our world doesn’t end up like a Steven King version of Wall-E.

Just check out what you can bring to Energy Corridor Recycles Day.

Electronic recycling service provided by Sims Recycling items include:

  • Computers – CPU’s, keyboards, monitors, laptops, cords, speakers, scanners, parts, floppy drives, mainframes/servers, microfiche readers, CD ROM drives, plotters, modems, dump terminals and copiers
  • Televisions – portable, large screen, and console units
  • Consumer Electronics – stereos, receivers, portable radios, digital music players (MP3 players), CD players, VCRs, DVD players and recorders, camcorders, cameras, game controllers, gaming systems, satellite receivers, microphones, power supplies
  • Telecommunications equipment – phones and phone systems, cell phones, PDAs, pagers, answering machines, intercom systems
  • Unacceptable Items – dehumidifiers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, loose batteries, hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, liquids and gases
  • Household items like glass, metal and plastic, thanks to Republic Services (but no white goods).
  • Document shredding, courtesy of ShredPro Services:
  • Unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household items, with American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) collecting items and giving them a second chance, recycled into insulation, wiring wraps and thread.
  • ­Shoes for all ages including tennis shoes in any condition, even unmatched, singles and damaged pairs
  • Jewelry & Accessories in any condition; please place small or breakable items in a separate bag
  • Toys for all ages, including plush toys, games, books and DVDs
  • Household Textiles including bedding, duvets, sheets, towels, unmatched sets, discolored, slightly stained or odd sizes
  • Backpacks, school supplies, toiletry bags, high chairs, picture frames (unbroken) décor, kitchenware, glassware (unbroken) – even larger furniture items in good condition (accepted on a case-by-case basis)

Phew. It’s enough to make Mother Earth sigh with relief. And your garage rejoice.

Energy Corridor Recycles Day is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, in the parking lot behind the Conoco gas station, N. Eldridge and N. Dairy Ashford, just north of I-10.

The event is sponsored by BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Chemical, Members Choice Credit Union, Phillips 66 and The Energy Corridor District. Recycling partners include America Textile Recycling Service, Shred Pro, Republic Services and SIMS Recycling Solutions.

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