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January 31, 2012

Habitat ReStore Starts Electronics Recycling Service

 

By John Mulcahy
Daily Telegram

ADRIAN, Mich. —

 

Habitat for Humanity ReStore has begun accepting electronic goods for recycling.

 

The store, 2811 Treat Highway, sells donated home repair and home furnishing items at low cost and uses the funds to support Habitat projects.

 

ReStore began accepting electronic items for recycling Jan. 24, said Jessica Sattler, fund development director for Habitat.

 

Items accepted include televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers, cellphones, game consoles, iPods and MP3 players.

 

All electronic items are accepted free of charge. ReStore does not pay for the items.

 

ReStore joined with Vintage Tech Recyclers of Romeoville, Ill., to recycle the electronic goods, ReStore manager Mike Cornell said. Vintage parked a
53-foot trailer at the store and will pick it up when it is full, he said.

 

Vintage Tech Recyclers will pay Habitat 2 cents a pound for the material, Cornell said.

 

Electronic items contain mercury and other hazardous materials, Cornell said.

 

“We don’t want to see those things winding up in landfills,” he said.

 

Vintage Tech Recyclers are certified with R2 Solutions and ISO 14001, both of which promote environmentally safe recycling of electronics, according to a news release from Habitat.

 

Vintage Tech Recyclers also wipes software from hard drives, the news release said.

 

ReStore had collected about 25 televisions and about 15 other electronic items as of Monday, Cornell said.

 

The Lenawee County Solid Waste Department sponsors two waste collection days a year that include electronics, said Diana Schroeder, administrative clerk for the solid waste department.

 

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan, 1357 Division St., accepts donations of computers, including computer monitors, and other electronics year-round, but does not accept televisions, executive director Beverly Lyell said.

 

R & M Recycling, 2675 Treat Highway, pays for electronics (with a 20-pound minimum) but does not accept televisions or any devise with a cathode ray tube, general manager Brian Howard said.

 

OmniSource, 815 Treat Highway, charges $10 to accept televisions with 32-inch or smaller screens and $20 to accept larger televisions, cashier Sharre Wilson said. The company accepts other electronic devices but does not pay for them, Wilson said.

 

An important benefit of the new ReStore electronics recycling service to county residents is that they won’t have to wait for one of the county-sponsored collections to get rid of old televisions at no cost, Cornell said.

 

ReStore hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

A link to other Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Michigan that accept electronic devices for recycling is available at www.michiganrestores.org