Used computer equipment is a rapidly growing source of waste in
House Bill 2714 which was passed in the 80th Legislative session addresses this problem by requiring computer manufactures that sell in
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has launched a new statewide website for recycling computer equipment. The site, www.TexasRecyclesComputers.org, will give Texans a simple way to find the recycling options offered by computer manufacturers.
Each manufacturer is responsible only for its own brand(s) of computer equipment. The collection and recycling must be convenient and free at the time of recycling. The rules define computer equipment as:
a desktop computer or laptop, and
an accompanying keyboard and mouse made by the same manufacturer.
The manufacturers are required to offer collection and recycling only for computer equipment purchased primarily for personal or home-business use—regardless of when it was sold; that is, not just computer equipment purchased after September 1, 2008.
By law, you will be responsible for any confidential information left on the computer equipment.