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Corsicana, along with a company called STS Electronic Recycling, is hosting an e-waste clean-up day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the former KMart Superstore, 3621 W. Highway 31.
Electronic waste is nearly any kind of communications or entertainment device except television sets. That includes computers, laptops, printers, monitors, fax machines, routers, stereos, projectors, copy machines, VCRs, DVDs, servers and the accessories that go with all those things, like computer mouses, cables and keyboards.
STS Electronic Recycling is located in Jacksonville, but the company hosts similar clean-up days in cities all over Texas, explained Jenny Hugghins, director of marketing for STS.
“Most are held in the fall and spring, like a bulky trash clean-up day, but we have four or five scheduled this summer,” Hugghins said.
The process of recycling the electronics starts with making sure it doesn’t hold any secrets, and then determining whether or not it’s still usable.
“The first thing we do is all the hard drives are electronically cleared to Department of Defense standards,” Hugghins said. “After that, things get parted out.”
If a computer or other part is still working, it will be sold on eBay, or in the STS retail store in Jacksonville. If not, then it might be salvaged for needed parts.
“Somehow, it will find a new home if it’s a marketable technology,” she said. “If it’s old or broken, it’s labeled electronic scrap and it begins the process of being smelted and separated into different pieces and reused that way.”
Some of the recycling is done in Jacksonville, but some has to be shipped out of state because of federal and state environmental regulations, Hugghins said.
“There’s a fair amount of lead inside those CRT (cathode ray tube) monitors, those big fat monitors, so those are sent out,” she explained.
What the company likes seeing are truckloads of computers and computer accessories, she said. STS will also accept broken MP3 players, game systems, phones and cell phones.
“If it’s associated with computers in any way we like it, routers, cabling, mice, keyboards, laptops and towers, all the other things as well,” Hugghins said. “Just no TVs.”
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