The Fort Hood Recycle Center is hosting a free event to help people get rid of some of those bulky, unwanted items collecting dust and taking up space in their homes.
On Friday and Saturday, the center is urging area residents who can get on post to bring unwanted household appliances, computers, electronics or “anything with a chord,” to two drop points to be recycled. The items will be collected through a partnership with Killeen-based Cen-Tex Scrap and Metal and a check for value of everything will be donated to Fort Hood’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said Mike Bush, Fort Hood recycling manager.
“This helps people clean up. It coincides with spring clean up,” he said. “We are hoping to make a big splash with it.”
Many of these items can’t normally be recycled through post, and if the event is successful, Bush said they another one will be scheduled.
“We want to see how much of this stuff is out there,” Bush said. “What do people have and what is there a market for?”
Recycling these sorts of items, commonly called e-waste, not only saves space in the landfill, but if not disposed of properly, could be toxic and leak into the water supplies, Bush said.
For those concerned with privacy, Bush said each computer or data storage device will be cleared by three memory wipes or physically destroyed. A certificate of destruction will also be issued. He does recommend wiping the hard drive yourself as well, before bringing the item it.
Drop locations will be at the Warrior Way and Clear Creek commissaries. For more information, call the recycling center at (254) 287-2336.