Austin Community Landfill Diverts Electronic Waste

Waste Management has teamed with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas to begin accepting obsolete computers, monitors, cell phones and other electronics waste that will be contributed to Goodwill. Waste Management will accept e-waste at the Austin Community Landfill at no additional charge to its customers.

Goodwill is leading the charge to find ways to recycle and safely dispose of the millions of pounds of electronics equipment that is disposed of in landfills every year. Since 1997, Goodwill has operated its Computer Works store that turns computer donations into revenues, which support their mission to provide job-related services for people with barriers to employment. (www.austingoodwill.org).

“Last year, Computer Works received over 1.5 million pounds of donated computer parts and materials,” says Rebecca Hays, Goodwill Recycling Manager. “We sell personal computers, with the average system selling for $175.” Goodwill also de-manufactures computers and recycles aluminum, processors, cables, floppies and other parts.

“We are excited about our partnership with Goodwill Industries because we can provide one more way for residents to recycle waste and save valuable landfill space,” says Steve Jacobs, Waste Management’s Central Texas Landfill Operations Manager.

In October 2005, Waste Management began accepting, at no charge:

  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Cell phones
  • Fax machines
  • Digital cameras
  • Printers

Not included: televisions, photocopiers, microwaves, bread makers, or stereo equipment.