Texas Reports Electronics Recycling Results
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today announced that Texans turned in more than 38 million pounds of electronics to computer and television manufacturers for recycling in 2013. Computer manufacturers reported collecting 22,220,731 pounds of computer equipment. TV manufacturers reported collecting 15,910,368 pounds of TVs and plan to offer over 400 collection sites or events for Texans to recycle TVs.
Currently, 94 manufacturers representing 137 brands are participating in the Texas Recycles Computers program. As part of the program, computer manufacturers collected more than 22 million pounds of covered computer equipment in 2013. Of that collected weight, more than 20 million pounds were recycled and nearly 1 million pounds were reused. The 2013 number is the second highest amount reported by computer manufacturers, the highest collection amounts reported last year, for 2012 collection when manufacturers reported collecting 24,093,143 pounds of computer equipment.
Participants in the Texas Recycles TVs program include 34 manufacturers representing 53 brands. 2013 was the first year TV manufacturers were required to establish a recycling program. As part of the program, manufacturers collected more than 15 million pounds of TVs in 2013. Individual manufacturers in the program reported collecting 1,210,368 pounds of TVs. Manufacturers that participated in a recycling leadership program (RLP), which must provide at least 200 collection sites, events, or programs, voluntarily reported collecting 14.7 million pounds of TVs in 2013. In 2014, there will be two RLPs offering more than 400 collection sites and events.
Texans have many opportunities to recycle their electronics outside of the computer and TV recycling programs. Collection events coordinated by municipalities, local nonprofit groups, private recyclers, and community-oriented businesses are additional ways Texans can recycle their used electronics. Since some recyclers and TV manufacturers aren’t required to report to the TCEQ, the agency’s reported number doesn’t fully represent recycling activity in Texas.
The TCEQ encourages consumers to take advantage of electronics recycling opportunities in 2014. Texas consumers can learn how to recycle their computer equipment by visiting TexasRecyclesComputers.org and their television equipment by visiting TexasRecyclesTVs.org. For more information on the programs, contact the TCEQ’s Pollution Prevention and Education Section, 512-239-3143.