Quick Question

Is there a place (or are there places) in Houston for recycling computer monitors and large quantities of paper? I ask because I have been in the market for a new monitor and wanted to NOT toss away my perfectly good old one.

The other part of my question stems for the massive amount of paper waste my office generates. Even though we’re less than 20 people, we produce a lot of waste… yet I can’t find a paper recycling place in Houston (especially SE Houston).

Wassup wit dat yo?

11 Comments so far

  1. Monica (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    if you monitor is still in good shape, you can take it to goodwill or one of the women’s shelters in town. i do this with most of my old electronics. not sure about paper recycling….


  2. Serena (unregistered) on July 6th, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

    City of Houston recycling centers accept monitors.
    http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/recycling.html#scrap

    Paper recycling for a business is tough. Unless you can get an entire large office building to recycle, most waste companies won’t help you out. You could try to pass some of it along to the city, but I don’t think you’d have a lot of luck.


  3. Steelsun (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 8:05 am

    Monitors: If they are working, don’t bring it to the city recycling, as they’ll just sell it to a brak down company and it’ll be torn to get the metals out. DOnate it to a charity as others have said.

    Paper: Many churches and schools have paper recycling bins that accept your donations: They are usually green and yellow. The schools/churches raise money with these recycling efforts – try those.


  4. Aisha (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    A nonprofit organization called Discover Technology will take your old monitor. She upgrades computers and installs software for people with disabilities and then sets up computer labs for other non-profits that serve people with disabilities. http://www.discovertechnology.org is the website, I believe.


  5. morton hurley (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    monica: I like your idea about donating it to the Woman’s Shelter. Excellent! The only place I can think of is a place called… ummm… can’t remember the name, but it’s across the street from Katz’ Deli on Westheimer. Do you know what I’m talking about?

    serena and steelsun: Yeah, we don’t produce THAT much waste in paper to warrAnt a pick up service… which has been frustrating. I think I’ll call around to the various churches/schools to see which ones have a paper recycling bin.

    THANKS FOR THE TIPS YO!


  6. morton hurley (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    Aisha: Hey dude… just saw your note… but the link doesn’t work.


  7. Scott (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    Most charities don’t take old monitors anymore due to the fact they have so many of them now from people like you. I’d take everything to Westpark Recyling Center (on Westpark and 59):
    http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/westpark.html

    It’s a pretty sweet place to recycle. They have drive through service, and people to help take everything out of your car. They take monitors and paper, but note that they only take “5 electronic components per month per customer.” Good luck!


  8. cybertoad (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    Those paper bins are called Abitibi Paper Retrivers and you can find the nearest one at A, href=”http://www.paperretriever.com/default.asp?ID=1&c=us”>their site (click on “Container Locator in left sidebar).


  9. cyberbtoad (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Ah! – Let’s try this one more time – I really do apologize… Abitibi Paper Retriever

    (please feel free to delete or correct my other comments)


  10. morton hurley (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    No problem cybertoad… your comments are precious to us all.

    Thanks for the link! I checked it out and sure enough… there are loads of the bins around my office. Awesome!!!


  11. Hileigh Richenswank (unregistered) on July 14th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    You can also check out http://www.freecycle.org. Find the local Houston listserv, sign up for it, check out their operating rules, and offer your unwanted stuff. Great way to keep things out of the landfill that just need a new home.



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