Missouri City Green electronics recycling event deemed a success

Volunteers assist with filling truck with electronic items recycled at the event.

Volunteers assist with filling truck with electronic items recycled at the event.

The need to properly recycle unwanted and outdated electronics was apparent as 250 residents from across Fort Bend County took advantage of the Missouri City Green free recycling event held on January 11. In the first hour, approximately 100 residents recycled items ranging from cell phones to big screen televisions, thereby keeping a large quantity of electronics out of landfills.

Missouri City Parks and Recreation Department provided support for the event, as well as 28 volunteers from Missouri City Green and the Mayor’s Youth Commission, to quickly and efficiently unload electronics from vehicles. Since there is no outlet for free electronics recycling, this collaboration allowed residents to avoid a charge at area recycling centers.

Paul Wierzbicki, Missouri City Horticulturist, helped at the event and reflected on the change in attitude toward recycling. He remembered a 2009 e-waste collection filled two pallets compared to a 27-foot truck being quickly filled last weekend. Wierzbicki commented, “When I first started six years ago, recycling was an afterthought and now we have hundreds of folks lined up to recycle their materials.”

Due to the overwhelming success of the event, Missouri City Green has plans to host another one later this year. Missouri City Green is the city’s Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate and a non-profit organization that seeks to foster and encourage local residents to take responsibility in the community through recycling, planting native trees and plants and other earth-friendly activities.

For questions or more information, email info@missouricitygreen.org.

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