Free e-Waste collections at the Texas Medical Center on April 20 and 22.
Texas Medical Center will sponsor the 2nd Annual e-Waste Recycling Collection for the public on Apr. 20 and 22, 2013.
“With the increase in popularity of electronic devices, many consumers are interested in preventing e-waste from filling up landfills,” said Rick Dillard, Texas Medical Center Sustainability Council chair. “Plus, people are realizing that old electronics not properly discarded are toxic dangers to the environment.”
E-waste includes laptops, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, cables, printers, fax machines, scanners, computer and circuit boards, data storage devices, toner cartridges, cameras, cell telephones, compact discs, game consoles and controllers, radios, and batteries.
On Saturday, Apr. 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the public may drop off their unwanted electronic devices at no cost at the Texas Medical Center South Extension Lot located at 1522 S. Braeswood Blvd. at William C. Harvin Blvd. On Earth Day, Monday, Apr. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the location is the John P. McGovern Museum of Health And Medical Science at 1515 Hermann Drive.
In 2008, the United States generated 3.16 million tons of e‐waste. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 430,000 tons or 13.6 percent was recycled. Recycling metals from e-waste uses a fraction of the energy needed to mine new metals.
The Texas Medical Center Sustainability Advisory Council is one of the 22 advisory councils formed to address important issues in the Texas Medical Center. Its mission is to support the sustainability policy of each member institution, and facilitate a systematic process to identify sustainability opportunities, share best practices, and serve as a coordinating body in the execution of Texas Medical Center-wide sustainability initiatives.
For more information, visit www.tmcsustainability.org.