ROUND ROCK (KXAN) - People across Texas are used to placing their trash, or recyclable materials on the curb for pick up. When it comes to electronics, people sometimes just let it pile up in the garage because they're not sure on what to do with it.
"You want to avoid sending your computer to a landfill just because of all the various components in it, it can be hazardous to the environment so doing it through a facility such as ours," said Edward Sandefur, operations supervisor for Recycling Services at Waste Management. "We break it down to it's parish commodities and ship it out to our approved vendors."
On Saturday, the Round Rock Waste Management Recycling Service is hosting a recycling collection event.
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 3920 Gattis School Road, Round Rock
They're looking for computers, monitors, old cell phones, and anything electronic no matter what decade it came from.
"We see a lot of old cell phones come through the old brick phones you originally had in your cars wooden televisions with three channels just a whole array of different technology from 70's plus to now so it's interesting with the vast array you see something different everyday," said Sandefur.
About a dozen workers take a part unwanted gadgets and then sort them in different piles. Everything from the plastic shell of a flat screen TV to the hard drive of a computer. Everything is recycled and reused.
A certified third party will take the parts and have it go back in the market.
"We've seen increases and decreases, it does have it's seasons to say Christmas time we always see a lot more electronics being recycled as they're being upgraded or getting new products," said Sandefur. "Plus commercial wise we see a steady flow of material coming through because businesses are constantly upgrading their systems for their employees."
Waste Management will take PCs and laptops to its data secure are in the warehouse and have the hard drives swiped to ensure they're secure. They're then shredded so that it's never retrievable at any point.
There are items that cannot be recycled. WM will not take anything with mercury or refrigerant. It will not take smoke detectors for example.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.