Gene Green Hosts E-waste Collection Drive
(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, February 7th, Congressman Gene Green and City Councilman Ed Gonzalez invite Houstonians to recycle their unwanted electronics at Houston Community College Northline Campus in the south parking lot. Items will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2009, Americans discarded 2.37 million tons of electronic waste. Approximately 25 percent of those electronics were recycled; the other 75 percent were thrown in the garbage. Household electronics contain precious metals and harmful contaminates that, when thrown away, can seep into the environment causing harm to workers and nearby communities, and water sources.
“As consumers it is our responsibility to dispose of our unwanted devices responsibly. It is tempting to just throw away our unwanted items, but we need to keep the long term in mind, and help preserve a healthy environment that can flourish for generations to come,” Green said. “Our goal with this event is to make it more convenient for constituents to recycle in their own neighborhood.”
Acceptable items include: televisions, computers, printers, cell phones, gaming devices, toner cartridges, small appliances, household batteries, CDs, DVDs, tapes, and video devices.
During the 113th Congress, Rep. Green introduced legislation to prohibit the export of restricted electronic waste to foreign countries. This legislation would make American companies responsible for recycling their E-waste in the U.S. creating more jobs for Americans and a safer environment for all.
Please note the following items will not be accepted during the event: smoke alarms, large appliances, microwaves, paint cans, oil waste, vacuum cleaners, and fans.
WHAT: E-waste Collection Drive
WHEN: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: HCC Northline Campus, South Parking Lot, 8001 Fulton Street, Houston, TX 77022
DETAILS: Congressman Green and City CouncilmanGonzalez invite community members to recycle old electronics.