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Ma Earth Wants Your Old Phones, Computers, TVs & More at The Energy Corridor Recycles Day Nov. 14

Rain or shine, it’ll be easy to dispose of e-waste sustainably at Addicks Park and Ride

Do your part for sustainability and dispose of your outdated electronics, household textiles, toys and more while getting old documents securely shredded at the free, seventh annual The Energy Corridor Recycles Day, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, November 14, at the Addicks Park and Ride, 14230 Katy Fwy.

West Houston’s largest electronics recycling event makes it easy to de-clutter garages, family rooms and offices. With volunteers ready to help unload your old stuff, you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle.

Last year’s event drew a record vehicle count. More than 46,000 pounds of electronics – many with potentially toxic materials – were sustainably disposed of while another 15,400 pounds of documents were securely shredded. And a host of household recyclables, clothes, textiles and toys were collected.

Televisions, computers, cell phones, desk phones, hard drives, monitors, telecommunications equipment, game consoles, keyboards and mice, along with electronics can be disposed of properly at The Energy Corridor Recycles Day.

The amount of electronics trashed or incinerated in the United States each year is staggering, says Rachael Weaver, community relations coordinator for The Energy Corridor District, which yearly hosts the Recycles Day event.

“We generate about 3.4 million tons of electronic waste each year and more than two-thirds of that is trashed and not recycled,” explains Weaver. “The numbers are stunning: 130 million cell phones, 23 million TVs, 74 million keyboards and mice are trashed. Inside many of those devices are chemicals known to be potential carcinogens, such as lead, cadmium, flame retardants, hexavalent chromium, mercury and PVC.”

Weaver says The Energy Corridor District is hoping this year’s Recycles Day breaks its record for both vehicle count and pounds of electronics collected.

“The new location at the Addicks Park and Ride is big and convenient, with access from IH-10, SH 6 and Park Row,” Weaver says.

Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips are sponsoring The Energy Corridor Recycles Day and providing volunteers.

CompuCycle is providing electronics recycling. ShredPro Services will securely shred documents. Clothes, shoes, home textiles and toys will be collected for recycling by American Textile Recycling Services. Republic Services will collect household recyclables.

To learn more about The Energy Corridor Recycles Day, visit our event page at http://bit.ly/EnergyCorridorRecyclesDay15

For a list of accepted items click here.

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