Electronics Recycling Day

by Donna McCollum

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is hosting an Electronic Recycling Day to help you and the environment. Americans throw away about two million tons of electronics a year. This weekend, the City of Nacogdoches will do their part by recycling computers. System Technician Michael Donnell said, "So, now that we are finally getting some companies in that will be willing to recycle some of this stuff, this is finally our day, so we can get rid of it."

The city devotes an entire storage room to old computers and parts. In the past, the obsolete tools would be auctioned. Last year it brought $25, hardly worth the trouble.

The city's Webmaster, John Turner, turns old computer parts into artwork. Fortunately for those of us not so artsy, there is an Electronics Recycling Day.

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is giving all residents a chance to clear out a closet and protect the environment from heavy metals. "What the recycling companies like to do is take all these little chips which are coated with gold, brass, and all kinds of metals. They'll crush all that stuff up, melt it down, and separate all the metal," explained Turner. The company then sells the recycled material. The return will be shared with Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful.

You may like the idea of protecting the environment, but you may be concerned about protecting your privacy. Information Technology Manager Lynn Thomas is confident in the program. "You'll know those PCs are going to be cleaned off. They'll be demagnetized, and you can rest assured, if we trust that [security precaution], then they can, as well."

The City of Nacogdoches replaces outdated computers every three to four years. The Information Tech Department plans to stay committed to electronics recycling.

The Deep East Texas Regional Electronics Recycling Day is Saturday, Nov. 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the parking lot of the Daily Sentinel on Colonial Drive.

Other electronics you can recycle free of charge are video and audio equipment, phones, and hand held electronic devices. Televisions will be accepted with a disposal fee from $10 to $25.