The gifts have been opened and now it's time for the post-holiday clean-out. In 2012, electronics were popular gifts, often leaving older items to be discarded.
Penny Morin with City of Lubbock Solid Waste Services said they gladly take things like computers, monitors, keyboards and cell phones, but they encourage looking at other options beforehand. She said local charities like Salvation Army and Goodwill are always looking for reusable items.
"Now there's also a lot of buyback programs," Morin said. "A lot of electronics, people are getting rid of them sooner than they used to. So they're still good, they can be refurbished, and there's a lot of programs out there where you go onto the web, onto the Internet, and it tells you about the different programs and the different companies that will buy back your electronics."
Last year, approximately 1.35 tons of computers and monitors was recycled through the City of Lubbock program.