October 13, 2015

Free Electronics Recycling for St. Clair County Residents

  Vintage Tech is proud to work in partnership with St. Clair County, Illinois, in organizing an electronics recycling event to be held on Saturday, October 17 from 9am to 2pm.
  This event will be held at Goodells County Park. Participants are asked to use the Goodells County Park’s north entrance between Castor and Goodells roads.
  Tri-City Times Online has more information HERE.

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June 13, 2015

Tossin’ and turnin’ electronics into new uses at recycling collection

HANOVER TWP. — A TV here and an old computer there and pretty soon there’s truckload of them.

That’s why Beth DeNardi had 20 tractor trailers on hand Saturday for the 14th Luzerne County Electronics Recycling Collection at the Hanover Area Junior/Senior High School parking lot.

It started at 9 a.m. and 45 minutes into the event, DeNardi marveled at the demand to supply the county with radios, printers, telephones, speakers, peripherals and so many other gadgets that make life easier but don’t last forever.

At last week’s drop off in Butler Township they counted 1,400 vehicles and filled up 12 tractor trailers, she said.

“This one we have a lot more space to work with,” DeNardi said of the parking lot behind the school.

Lines of cars and pickup trucks pulling trailers stretched in both directions, north and south on the Sans Souci Parkway and east and west on Ashley Street to enter the lot.

Constables directed the vehicles into the six lanes for drop offs. Drivers popped their hoods, opened their hatches or lowered their tailgates. Workers for Illinois-based Vintage TechRecyclers unloaded the items and tossed the smaller ones into huge cardboard boxes. They stacked big screen TVs and larger pieces onto pallets and cocooned them in plastic wrap, making it easy for forklift operators to pick and tote to awaiting trailers.

Municipal dump trucks pulled into a separate area for their scheduled deliveries. Nardi kept track of them, saying there were “six every half hour on the hour” throughout the day.

Jenkins Township sent three trucks including one pulling a trailer. “The one had about 78 TVs on it,” said Joe Lewis, township road foreman. Residents brought their electronics to the township garage and workers loaded them onto the trucks.

Agnes Glodek of the Breslau section of Hanover Township crept toward the controlled chaos after waiting in line about 30 minutes to get rid of TVs and a computer. She can’t dispose of them curbside with household trash and made the trip to get rid of them in an environmentally safe manner.

“Hey and it’s free,” Glodek said.

That’s right, there’s no charge.

“We’re one of the few counties that can offer that service,” DeNardi said. “We do it through grants with the state.”

The county’s Solid Waste Management Department receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. From 2003 through 2014, the county has recycled more than 5.3 million pounds of electronics, DeNardi said

The collections help prevent illegal dumping of the electronics and in turn limit the possibility of cadmium, lead, mercury and other harmful substances from leaching into water supplies. Approximately 95 percent of the plastic, glass, metal and other material is recycled. What can’t be reused is disposed in a state approved landfill, DeNardi said.

“It’s the right way to get rid of it,” said Brian Donovan of Shavertown, Kingston Township.

He carted an old TV and a couple of computers to the collection site and freed up the space they occupied in his garage.


Reach Jerry Lynott at 570 991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott

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June 2, 2015

Annual city recycling event going strong in its 21st year

A parking lot filled with scrap metal, old TV’s, outdated computers, books, refrigerators, microwaves and lawnmowers was the scene on Saturday at Recycle! East Lansing.

Recycle! East Lansing is an annual event held every year where people come and turn in items that are harder to recycle, such as old refrigerators and Styrofoam.

The event has been going on for 21 years, Recycle! East Lansing event coordinator Susan Schmidt said.

East Lansing resident Mary Anne Hagan said she is a regular at this event and an avid recycler.

“I store things in an extra garage that we have, and I could probably bring five carloads over here,” said Hagan.

Recycle! East Lansing turned out to be a very popular event, with dozens of cars showing up packed full of items.

“People save all year with their stuff they will have a place in their house with Styrofoam just for this events,” Schmidt said. “Some years have five or 600 cars go through so it’s a huge event.”

The items brought to the event are given to different vendors who decide what they want to do with them.

Old electronic items are a popular recyclable at the event, and Vintage Tech Recyclers, one of the event’s vendors, takes all of the electronic items and repurposes them, Vintage Tech Recyclers employee Steve Baccus said.

“We separate all the plastics (and) the metals (and) put them in their designated area, flatten them all down (and) ship them out to are facilities that actually (melts) them down to other reusable plastic and reusable metal,” Baccus said.

The people that come to this event really feel the importance of recycling and making sure what can be re-used is.

“We have a huge issue with too many items in our landfills,” Hagan said. “And it’s kind of a disgrace when there are so many usable and reusable items and things that can be refabricated and put to good use, so you almost get to the point where you feel guilty throwing something in the trash.”


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May 9, 2015

University of Scranton to host electronic recycling, document shredding event

Campus Electronic Recycling and Document Shredding Event: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. University of Scranton, 800 Linden St., Scranton. At the Monroe Avenue and Linden Street circle. Area residents can bring paper to shred as well as several items to recycle, ranging from cables to blenders to air conditioners. A list of items accepted at the event is available on the University’s website. Sponsored by Cintas Document Management and Vintage Tech Recyclers and is free of charge.


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March 24, 2015

Electronics drop-off at Novi’s Power Park on Saturday

Electronics drop-off in Novi

The Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) will kick off its 2015 Electronic Waste Recycling Events at Novi’s Power Park (45175 W. Ten Mile Road) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

Acceptable items include: desktop computers, laptops, computer related equipment, televisions, printers, fax machines, telephones, gaming systems, cameras, holiday light strings, microwave ovens, small appliances. Basically, it is most items with a plug. Items not accepted at e-waste events include large household appliances, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

This free e-waste collection event is sponsored by the Recycling Authority, in partnership with Vintage Tech Recyclers (www.vintagetechrecyclers.com) and is open to all Michigan residents, schools and businesses.

Visit www.rrrrasoc.org or by call 248-208-2270 for more information.

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March 13, 2015

Council approves placement agent for bond refunding, could save city over $150000

GAYLORD — City Council members voted to approve Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. as a placement agent for the city in regard to the refunding of wastewater treatment bonds, a move expected to save the city more than $150,000.

The vote was unanimous to name Baird as the placement agent, allowing the financial services firm, which has a Traverse City office, to begin coordinating the placement and issuance of Unlimited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds.

These refunding bonds would refinance wastewater treatment bonds from 1999 and 2005, originally created to allow expansion of the city wastewater treatment plant.

Currently, the 1999 bond has an interest rate of 4.2 percent and a rate of 4 percent on the 2005 bond. According to Joe Duff, city manager, through the refunding bonds, the current bonds would be refinanced with lower interest rates.

“We feel we could do better,” Duff said. “It makes sense to do this.”

Duff said the municipal finance adviser indicated to the city that this could save approximately $154,680 total on bonds, a savings estimate he said could rise. The bonds themselves would not increase as far as percentage and bond retirement would stay the same.

“All this would do is save the ability for savings to be passed along to our residents and the community,” Duff said. “The bonds would not increase and retirement would stay at 2020.”

The placement agent fee for Baird comes at a cost of $13,500 to the city, with an additional $400 for the Municipal Advisory Council Fee.

Councilman Bill Wishart motioned to approve the placement and engagement letter, and council members voted unanimously in approval.

By approving Baird as the placement agent, this allows Baird to more forward and begin coordinating the bond issue, which includes making contact with financial institutions and holders of existing bond notes, and begin looking at the sale of refunding bonds.

The bond issue would next be advertised for bids, which would lead to a call to the city with the rate and what the bonds would go for, followed by an acceptance resolution presented to the council.

Electronics recycling service canceled

• Council members voted to cancel electronics recycling services from Vintage Tech Recyclers after finding the organization planned to charge the city for what was once a free service.

According to Duff, Vintage Tech planned to charge $7,000 for electronics recycling during an event that previously came at no cost to the city or participants.

Though the service was canceled, Ed Tholl, Department of Public Works superintendent, said he has been looking at other options to replace Vintage Tech while continuing to provide the electronics recycling service event.

One option being considered is Bay Area Recycling for Charities, based in Traverse City. Tholl said for an estimated cost of approximately $1,000 to $2,000, they would send trucks and four people to pick up all of the electronics to be recycled.

Duff said such a service is unnecessary.

“Right now, the way we have our spring cleanup set, we are collecting any of the products our citizens and residents wish to put out,” Duff said. “I just don’t think we necessarily need to do this program.

“City residents would not be affected one bit.”

Duff also cited the current recycling program in Otsego County as another reason why such a service would be unnecessary. He added if the county wished to add electronics recycling to their services, the city could consider passing a bond to help.

In other news:

• Mayor John Jenkins proclaimed April 2015 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Gaylord.

• Council members approved a request for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this Saturday. The 15th annual parade will run from Main Street to the Community Center on Center Avenue.

Mark Johnson (989) 732-1111 mjohnson@gaylordheraldtimes.com

Gaylord Harold Times

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March 4, 2015

E-scrap ‘mismanagement on the rise’

United StatesElectronics recyclers in the USA are abandoning a growing volume of e-scrap, claims the Basel Action Network, a non-profit environmental organisation that globally fights illegal and irresponsible trade in hazardous waste.
The latest example of what BAN director Jim Puckett calls ‘another alarming case of e-waste mismanagement’ is a New York State-based electronics recycling company that is believed to have locked its doors more than a month ago, leaving e-scrap abandoned at several locations. ‘Far too many irresponsible electronics recyclers hide behind the green word ”recycling” but operate like horse traders,’ Puckett alleges.

According to BAN, this latest incident follows examples of companies in Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Utah, Ohio, Georgia and other states that ‘recently abandoned large piles of e-scrap or sent it to irresponsible operations overseas or in the US’.

For more information, visit: www.ban.org

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February 27, 2015

Zonneveld: Europe’s e-scrap recyclers ‘struggling to survive’

EuropeThe e-scrap recycling sector in Europe is facing tough times right now, according to Norbert Zonneveld, general secretary of the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA). ‘In 2014, two of our members went bankrupt and more are struggling to survive,’ Zonneveld confirms to Recycling International.
The companies in trouble are mainly ‘small and medium-size enterprises, not the big waste management companies or businesses who are affiliated to metals recycling companies’, Zonneveld explains. Under the current market conditions, he adds, ‘you could argue that there is an overcapacity in the European market’.

EERA’s general secretary contends that only one-third of the e-scrap in Europe is properly recycled at present while the other two-thirds is handled by the big car shredders (in the form of, for example, washing machines and refrigerators) or via unofficial ‘grey circuit’ processing. ‘If we can get our hands on this two-thirds, which guesstimates believe to be around 6 million tonnes, there would not be an oversupply of e-scrap recyclers any more,’ he says.

In its March issue, Recycling International will provide yet more insight into Europe’s troubled e-scrap recycling sector through a full report on the recent International Electronics Recycling Congress in Salzburg, Austria.

 For more information, visit: www.eera-recyclers.com

February 27, 2015 by Editorial Staff

Recycling International

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February 26, 2015

Electronics recycling pact off the table

NORMAL — The town has withdrawn a proposed intergovernmental agreement with Bloomington and McLean County that would have helped cover the cost of electronics recycling offered by the town.

Normal City Manager Mark Peterson notified Bloomington City Manager David Hales and County Administrator Bill Wasson on Tuesday, the day after the Bloomington City Council tabled a vote on the pact after some aldermen had questions.

“We’ve already spent a considerable amount of staff time; we don’t need to spend additional time on this,” Peterson said.

The town will continue to accept electronics at its drop-off center at 1301 Warriner Street and during monthly Saturday drives.

The idea of sharing the cost of recycling electronics was first discussed in the fall at a McLean County Solid Waste Management Technical Committee meeting after the town, which offers the service to any McLean County resident, started receiving bills for the previously free service.

The mandated funding from electronics manufacturers that helped cover the cost had run out, forcing Normal’s recycler, Vintage Tech of Naperville, to start charging to pick up and recycle the electronics. The largest cost in the program comes from recycling old televisions and monitors that have cathode ray tubes.

Between September and mid-February, the town had to pay more than $46,000 to recycle electronics.

The proposed intergovernmental agreement was expected to go to the city councils and County Board by the end of the year, but Bloomington City Manager David Hales raised some concerns, sidetracking the agreement until this month. The Normal City Council approved it Feb. 16; the County Board was expected to vote March 17.

The pact would have split any 2015 costs among the three entities based on population.

Normal spent $8,692 in January. Earlier this month, Vintage Tech informed the town it had received notification of its share of 2015 electronic manufacturers funding and promised to recycle 262 tons from Normal between February and November at no cost.

Peterson said Wednesday, because the proposed intergovernmental agreement has been withdrawn, Normal will cover all of January’s cost. Under the proposed pact, Bloomington would have picked up about $4,000 of that cost; McLean County, about $2,000.

The town will consider a new recycling contract later this year to cover December and beyond, he said.

Bloomington Alderman Kevin Lower was among those with questions about the proposed intergovernmental agreement. Lower said Wednesday that before the pact came to the council, he contacted Advanced Technology Recycling in Pontiac to discuss what that company could offer.

Normal had reached out to ATR when it issued a request for proposals for electronic recyclers last fall, but the company did not respond. Three other companies, including Vintage Tech, submitted proposals.

On the day of the Normal City Council vote on the pact, ATR contacted town officials via email saying it could provide a less expensive option. Because the proposal came in late and because council members said they wanted to maintain the integrity of the request-for-proposal (RFP) process, it approved a one-year pact with Vintage Tech.

Lower said he brought up questions at Monday’s Bloomington City Council meeting because he was “looking into the future; long-term, what are we doing? Can we do it at no cost or cheaper?”

He indicated that ATR offered to pay to recycle some electronics. ATR officials did not return calls to The Pantagraph on Wednesday.

“I certainly appreciate what Normal has done,” Lower said. “I did not intend for them to be stuck with the (January) bill.”

McLean County Board Chairman Matt Sorensen said while he appreciates Lower and others “making sure Bloomington, Normal and McLean County gets the best deal, Normal went through a deliberate and fair process (for the RFP)” and that should be respected.

“We owe a thank you to Normal for taking a lead on electronic recycling,” Sorensen said.”It’s unfortunate this has become such a big deal.”

Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch also thanked Normal and said the city “will continue to evaluate a partnership this fall.”

A law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, bans all electronics from being dumped in landfills and requires they be recycled.

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