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April 8th, 2010
E-waste collection set for April 17

STAFF REPORT

Texas State, the City of San Marcos and the university’s hazardous waste  disposal company, PSC Environmental, will hold their second annual E-waste collection/recycle event on April 17.

Electronic waste (called E-waste) includes televisions and monitors computers, computer peripherals, audio/stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, telephones, fax and copying machines, cell phones, video game consoles, as well as cords, extra CDs and DVDs.

However, university-owned electronics cannot be recycled at the event, due to a state-approved process for returning such items through Texas State’s Materials Management Department.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Bobcat Stadium parking lot at the intersection of Aquarena Springs Drive and Post Road. The collection event is once again being offered to San Marcos residents and all of Hays County free of charge.

More than 20,000 pounds of used electronic waste was collected during the E-waste event in 2009.

Microwave ovens, appliances, batteries, fluorescent bulbs or household hazardous waste will not be accepted at the event and should not be brought.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), E-waste  is the fastest growing segment of municipal trash. In 1998, more than 20 million personal computers alone became obsolete and only 13 percent were recycled or reused.

Electronic waste contains hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium. Television and cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain about four pounds of lead. These toxic metals can contaminate drinkable ground water if released in landfill. However, electronic waste is made of valuable materials that are highly recyclable, including steel, glass, plastic and precious metals.

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