A report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showed, overall, that recycling in the state increased between 2013 and 2015. According to the report, Texans recycled an estimated 6.1 million tons in 2013 and 9.1 million tons in 2015. However, there were strong declines in plastics, electronic materials, and textile recycling.
The 2015 state bill, which was aimed at exploring the barriers and economic opportunity related to recycling in the state of Texas, initiated the report. Despite the state having an invested interest in recycling and holding the title of being the birthplace of the Keep America Beautiful initiative, America Recycles Day, the state’s diversion rate is lower than most others.
However, Texas is not alone in seeing a decline in recycling rates for some materials, especially plastics. PET recycling dropped in 2016 and recent market challenges have hindered efforts for #3-7 plastics in multiple states. Just the same, e-waste recycling is down by weight due to CTR production phasing out as new technology emerges. Furthermore, rather than pushing recycling electronic materials, there is a new focus on refurbishing and repairing devices, which can generate its own economic impact.
As an R2, RIOS, and ISO 14001 certified certified leading mobile, IT and data center asset management provider, HOBI International is dedicated towards responsibly recycling all materials, especially e-waste. With locations in Illinois, Texas, and Arizona, HOBI also provides remarketing and resale opportunities for devices beyond the end of their use. For more information on our full-scale, environmentally conscious technology management and disposal, visit our Enterprise Asset Services webpage.