CCISD and Dow host free electronics recycling event Sept. 23, 9 to 11 a.m.

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CCISD and Dow host free electronics recycling event Sept. 23, 9 to 11 a.m.
Posted on 09/06/2017
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The average U.S. household owns 24 electronic products and the vast majority of those electronics are still being landfilled, dumped or stored away at the end of their product’s life. For the U.S., that adds up to more than 3 tons of electronic waste. In addition to taking up space, discarded electronics can also contribute to environmental and health hazards.

Clear evidence shows that properly recycling surplus and old electronics is the right thing to do for community’s environmental sustainability and quality of life.

And that’s why Calhoun County ISD, Partners in Education and The Dow Chemical Company are proud to host and sponsor a free residential electronics recycling event on Sept. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hope High School's parking lot located at 900 N. Virginia Street (corner of Ash & Virginia - former elementary campus).

Most residential household items of any age and condition can be accepted and recycled, including computers, laptops, notebooks, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, toner cartridges, scanners, copiers, typewriters, faxes, servers, hard drives, memory chips, RAM, cords, cables, radios, speakers, VCRs, DVD and CD players, cable boxes, telephones, cellphones and TVs up to 50 inches.

Certain items cannot be accepted at the event, including appliances, refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, vacuums, ACs, fans, smoke alarms, lamps, light bulbs, thermostats, batteries, hearing aids, watches, oil, paint, paint cans. No biohazard or medical waste will be accepted.

CompuCycle will provide the logistics and recycling service for material collected from the Port Lavaca event. The company, who recycles 12 million pounds of electronics annually at their Houston facility, is fully-certified with secure and eco-friendly electronics recycling practices. All data media hardware is either shredded or wiped, in compliance with R2:2013, HIPAA, HITECH, Sarbanes Oxley, DOD, PCI, GLB and FACTA. More information about CompuCycle processes can be found at compucycle.net.

“We are excited to offer this service to our community again this year,” said Calhoun County ISD’s Partners in Education Coordinator Amy Boone. “Our event sponsor, Dow’s Seadrift Operations, has definitely provided leadership and support for educating our students and our community about recycling and environmental sustainability over the years. We appreciate their support.”

In addition to the electronics recycling event, Calhoun County ISD and Dow have partnered together on a mobile classroom about sustainable energy solutions, a recycling education center and a recycling trailer.