Many consumer products contain chemicals that may be hazardous to human health or the environment if improperly used, stored, or disposed. These chemicals become hazardous wastes when they are no longer wanted or needed as household products. Unfortunately, household chemicals are frequently washed down drains, poured on the ground outside, or hidden in the garbage, where they ultimately pose risks to human health or the environment.
Improperly disposing of household chemicals in the garbage may start fires, explode, or react in the solid waste collection vehicles, often injuring workers. Because of this potential danger, household chemicals will not be collected with Sugar Land's residential solid waste collection.
The term "e-waste" refers to the wide range of electronic waste from more traditional consumer electronics (TVs, VCRs and stereos) to computers and computer peripherals (printers, keyboards, scanners, etc.) and to newer technology products such as cellular phones and digital cameras.
Some e-waste also contains hazardous materials that may harm the environment if disposed of improperly. Products containing cathode ray tubes (CRTs), namely computer monitors and televisions, are considered hazardous waste.
House Bill 2714 was signed into law and went into effect on September 1, 2008. The law requires manufacturers to provide Texas household consumers with free and reasonably convenient collection, reuse and recycling opportunities for devices listed below. For more information, please visit TexasRecyclesComputers.org or TexasRecyclesTVs.org.