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Recycle that Old Computer

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Don't store that old computer in the garage or send it to the landfill. Recycle it instead at this free computer recycling event in Austin.

When: Saturday, January 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport, 3600 Manor Road

What: Any make or model of computers and related equipment, including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, and laptops will be accepted. NOTE: Other electronics items such as televisions, stereo equipment, cell phones, appliances, etc. will NOT be accepted.

Cost: FREE

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Usable equipment will be refurbished and donated to the National Cristina Foundation

Dell, Inc., the National Recycling Coalition and a variety of Central Texas partners, including the University of Texas and the City of Austin, are sponsoring this event. Other partners include the TCEQ, Recycling Alliance of Texas, City of Round Rock, Lower Colorado River Authority, Central Texas Recycling Association, and Keep Austin Beautiful.

At the last Dell recycling event in Austin/Round Rock 103 tons of computers were recycled. Help beat that number by recycling your old computer on January 31!


Some interesting computer recycling statistics

The average life span of a computer bought today is three years.

A study conducted by the National Recycling Coalition projected that by 2007, computers will be replaced in an average of two years, and 500 million personal computers will have become obsolete.

Nationally, 20 million computers were taken out of service in 1998; only 2.3 million (11.5 percent) were recycled.

Calculating by population, an estimated 1.5 million computers are discarded in Texas annually, with roughly 162,000 recycled, leaving more than 1.3 million units assumed to be stored or disposed of in landfills.

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While computers are safe to use, they do contain some environmentally sensitive materials. These materials can be safely removed or recycled, but only if we all work to dispose of these products responsibly. The TCEQ is committed to responsible solutions for reusing and recycling unwanted computers.