Environmental Protection

TCEQ Tallies Consumer Participation in Computer Recycling

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, more than 24 million pounds of computer equipment was collected in 2010.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced second-year results on computer recycling in the state, which requires manufacturers that sell in Texas to offer consumers convenient, free recycling for their brands of computer equipment. As part of this program, manufacturers collected for reuse or recycling 24,300,000 pounds of computer equipment in Texas from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010. This is nearly twice as much as last year.

Currently, 78 manufacturers representing 123 brands are participating in the program. TCEQ encourages consumers to take advantage of these recycling opportunities in 2011. Recycling used computer equipment helps conserve the reusable materials contained therein, including copper, lead, and steel.

Texas consumers can learn how to recycle their computer equipment by visiting TexasRecyclesComputers.org. The site provides a link to each manufacturer’s program as well as additional information for consumers, manufacturers, and retailers.

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