BBB recycling event protects personal data, keeps 5.5 tons of electronics out of landfills

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Many of Central Texans now have more space in their closets following the Better Business Bureau’s free data destruction and electronics recycling event, held Saturday, May 4 at Dell’s Round Rock campus.

Global Environmental Services (GES) recycled old computers, monitors, printers, circuit boards, fax machines, hard drives and laptops. BBB also took in old cell phones. BBB employees chipped in as volunteers and Cintas shredded paper documents.

GES collected a total of 11,095 pounds of material, including the following:
Desktop computers: 3,025 pounds
Misc. Electronics: 5,998 pounds
CRT Monitors: 1,817 pounds
Televisions: 217 pounds
Cardboard: 38 pounds

BBB held the event to help consumers avoid identity theft, which is a growing problem in the United States. A Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Network report showed that there were 369,132 complaints filed in 2012 relating to identity theft, which is more than double the number of complaints filed a decade earlier.

In addition to protecting consumers’ private information, the free event helped protect the environment by reducing the amount of material destined for local landfills.