August 21, 2012

Free electronics recycling OK'd through 2014


GAYLORD — The City of Gaylord has extended its contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers through 2014.

The recycling firm, which comes to Gaylord every May around the same time as Spring Cleanup, takes in broken or outdated electronics to be recycled. In 2011, Vintage Tech Recyclers set up shop at the Department of Public Works garage and took in 60,000 pounds of electronics for recycling.

The service comes at no cost to the city, other than providing the firm with a collection site and volunteers. It is open to all residents of Otsego County.

“It’s been a really smooth operation,” said City Manager Joe Duff. “It provides a place for people to get rid of such items at no cost, and it’s going to be recycled. You’re not putting it into a landfill — you’re actually helping the environment.”

The City Council voted unanimously at its Aug. 13 meeting to extend the contract.

Accepted items include televisions, monitors, computers (hard drives are destroyed), VCRs, microwaves and cell phones, among others. They do not take refrigerators, stoves or air conditioners.