AUSTIN (KXAN) - You're not alone if you don't know what to do with those electronics you no longer use.
In an effort to help those people looking to get rid of those devices, KXAN and the Better Business Bureau will be offering free secure data destruction and electronics recycling Saturday morning. It will be from 9 a.m. until noon at Dell's headquarters in Round Rock.
If you can't make it to the event, another option is to drop off your electronics at a retailer or recycling company.
At Global Environmental Services (GES) , there are piles of printers and stacks of computers. All of them are old and outdated, but none of it is trash.
"We are a 56,000 square foot facility and we maybe have one or two bags of trash, of actual trash, a week that gets thrown away," said Kevin Czachow, GES business analyst.
Everything that comes in either gets repaired and resold on the secondary market, or de-manufactured.
12 million pounds of Austin's electronic waste was processed at the facility just last year. Companies like GES take recycling seriously, but the Texas Campaign for the Environment says there's more work to do.
"The bad news is that 80 percent plus of these are still ending up in landfills where they pose a threat to our land and our water," said Andrew Dobbs, program director of Texas Campaign for the Environment.
Strides to improve the recycling effort recently have proved effective, but some programs are better than others. State laws now hold television and computer manufacturers responsible for offering recycling.
"The worst case scenario right now is these companies that are depending on people simply mailing in their electronic waste," said Dobbs. "Very few people are going to schlep a TV down to the post office and drop it in the mail."
The goal is to make recycling electronics as easy as it is to buy them.
The Texas Campaign for the Environment is working with several state lawmakers, and House Bill 3465 and House Bill 648 have been voted out of House committees. They're tackling issues such as requiring recyclers to have certification, and having landfill operators educate customers. House Bill 3704 looks to close the "mail-back" recycling loophole.
Another aspect to the recycling issue is a fear of turning over private information.
At GES, hard drives are wiped clean. If it passes, only the date remains and it's reused. If it fails, the hard drive is shredded. GES also tracks customers material from the minute it enters the building, to where it ends up.
"The word needs to get out," Czachow said. "Most people don't know this service exists. We offer a tour. Come on down. We can show you your material getting destroyed on site. I can provide a certificate of destruction. "
GES accepts drop offs for free at their north Austin location .
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