In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Fort Bliss DPW-E will host an Electronics Waste Recycling Day, to ensure that electronic waste items are disposed of properly. All Fort Bliss and El Paso residents can properly dispose of their Electronics Waste at the Fort Bliss Recycling Center. The drop-off site is located in front of Building 1334, behind the Shoppette on the corner of Cassidy and Marshall Roads.
"Electronics waste is anything with an electric cord," said Lilia Lenhart, DPW-E program manager. "Two million tons of electronics are landfilled each year and many of these electronics have as many as 30 distinct materials that make up a personal computer - lead, cadmium, barium, chromium, and mercury are among the most harmful, Lenhart further stated. Plastics from the computers are also hazardous and like other computer materials could potentially harm our ground water."
Last year, residents recycled over 10,000 pounds of unwanted electronics items.
"This is an opportunity for the public to dispose of their unwanted and outdated electronics properly," Lenhart said. This collection is for the public with only personal items accepted. No property book items will be accepted and all personal information should be erased from computer hard drives.