For several weeks this summer, I drove around with an old television that belonged to my girlfriend, hers having been replaced by a fresh new flat screen. Because I drive a pickup, I became the designated discarder of the old technology that weighed only slightly less than a World War II-era battleship.
Uncertain as to where to take this ancient relic of TV days gone by, I lazily drove around with it lassoed to the tailgate inside my camper top for probably a month. Each time I heard it slide back and forth across the back of the truck or my girlfriend laughed that it was still in there, I thought, "Where can I dump this piece of crap?"
Finally, I found out the city had a recycling center for larger items like this not far from where I lived and I drove it by. They hemmed and hawed for a few moments before the sheer look of panic on my face that they might reject my offering caused them to take pity on me and wrestle the old treasure onto a rolling table of discarded tech junk. My long, sad nightmare was over, but what of others suffering a similar fate?
Fortunately, the city solid waste department and CompuCycle have announced the addition of a permanent recycling drop-off site for electronics.
According to the press release, items accepted include:
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PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, memory chips, hubs and routers, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, projectors, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, tape drives, hard drives, cords, cables and cameras.
The new location, at 7700 Kempwood in Spring Branch, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to electronics, the drop-off site accepts other standard recyclable items like paper, plastic, aluminum and glass.
So, stop driving like a fool around with your girlfriend's old TV in your truck already.