Recycling electronics

Friday, December 27, 2013 - 7:51pm

It’s all so tempting.
Electronics has come a long way from old cathode ray tubes and big, complicated desktop computers.
And probably most of this stuff was on your Christmas wish list.
But, there is a problem.
So, you got your new flat screen TV, computer or phone. But what do you do with the old one?
Well, you bring it here, to Best Buy.
Yeah, you’re not going to get much on Ebay for an old TV or flip phone, and you really don’t want this stuff in a landfill.
There’s a lot of toxic material inside.
So, the State of Texas has mandated that if a manufacturer sells products in Texas, they have to take back their old ones.
In some cities like Dallas or Houston, the city runs the recycling center.
But in Tyler and Longview, it’s Best Buy.
“The only thing that we don’t recycle is hard drives,” says Manager Steven Harrell. “Obviously we have the data privacy law. So the last thing we want to do is take in an old hard driver, recycles it and for some reason, somebody snags it between the processes. We don’t want anybody’s data or information compromised.”
And given how fast things become obsolete, it’s a good thing.
So, don’t leave it for the trash man.
Take it here and feel all green inside.

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