AUSTIN (KXAN) — There is a new place to recycle your old electronics in Austin.
“Electronics are the fastest growing waste stream in the United States,” said Andy Dawson, Resource Recovery Center acting manager.
To keep up, the City of Austin now offers electronics recycling for free. The Resource Recovery Center accepts things like computers, TVs and cell phones.
“Recycling electronics saves natural resources, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and keeps valuable and potentially hazardous materials out of the landfill, which contributes to Austin’s Zero Waste goal,” said Austin Resource Recovery Director Bob Gedert.
Dawson said you can drop off items without worrying about your sensitive information. The City of Austin contracts with ECS Refining, a company out of Dallas. The company keeps items like cellphones and computers secured until data on the device can be destroyed. They also report back to the city.
“We can feel confident that the materials aren’t falling into the wrong hands and that they are indeed being recycled, that they’re not ending up in a landfill or being shipped to a developing country,” said Emlea Chanslor, spokesperson for Austin Resource Recovery.
The Resource Recovery Center also takes these items that are hard to recycle.
- air conditioners
- hot-water heaters
- all types of metals, including steel, aluminum, tin, copper, brass, stainless steel, etc.
People can drop off items at 3810 Todd Lane, and the center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Right next door to the Resource Recovery Center is the Household Hazardous Waste facility. There you can drop off things like household chemicals, batteries, oil, grease and paint to be safely disposed of.
Paint is recycled into Austin ReBlend paint in beige or dark beige. It’s free for you to pick up. Since last October, they’ve made 16,800 gallons of the paint.
The Austin Resource Recovery also offers free mulch for anyone willing to load it themselves.