June 19, 2013

Vintage Tech partners with Goodwill

Vintage Tech Recyclers has partnered with Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, the nonprofit job training and placement agency. Vintage Tech recently took possession of a Goodwill facility in Philadelphia that they will use to refurbish and recycled used electronics.

The company expects to process 10 million pounds of electronics in the 18,000-square-foot facility’s first year of operation. Materials will come from Goodwill stores or municipal recycling centers throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the company has planned 91 permanent collection points between the two states, Todd Gibson, Vintage Tech’s vice president of sales and marketing, told Waste & Recycling News.

“We were previously in the e-waste industry as an upcycler, and we realized we should leave it to the professionals and really get this done right,” said Scott Lindsey, who runs the sustainability program for Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia. “So I’m really looking forward to working with a very holistic company such as Vintage Tech.”

Lindsey said Goodwill expects a turnaround of about $500,000 from saved disposal costs and new revenue generated.

“It’s really a triple bottom line thing for us; it’s the socially just thing to do, the environmentally correct thing to do and it really makes sense for us [financially]. … We’re really hoping with this to place veterans into the workplace, and start a new veterans program. So this will really help jump-start that with the money that we’re saving,” he said.