E-Cycling Day Set for September 25 in Shallowford Square

Waste Management will host an upcoming E-Cycling Day for residents of the Town of Lewisville.

The special electronics recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Shallowford Square. According to Waste Management’s website, “most electronics contain heavy metals that can be harmful to human health and the environment. With technology rapidly evolving in our increasingly digital age, outdated electronic devices are thrown away at an accelerating pace. Used electronics now account for 70 percent of the toxic waste found in landfills.”

Every day in the United States, approximately 130,000 computers are discarded. Peripherals can also be recycled. These include keyboards, cables, mice, computer speakers, printers, scanners, floppy drives, optical media and external hard drives. Every year, Americans buy more than 100 million cell phones, yet fewer than 20 percent of old cell phones are recycled.

Discarded phones represent about 65,000 tons of electronic garbage every year. Simply by recycling the phones, customers could save enough energy to power more than 194,000 homes for an entire year. Cell phones are made from copper, other valuable metals, and plastics - all of which require energy to extract and manufacture. Recycling cell phones helps recover these valuable resources and saves energy. Recycling just a million cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 1,368 cars off the road for a full year. This e-cycling event is a great opportunity to dispose of these type of items. This event is free for the residents of Lewisville. Please bring your electronic devices ready for discarding during this day.