Sunday, April 22, 2018

State Certified, secure electronic recycling returns to the Keweenaw

HOUGHTON -- The Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) -- in partnership with Michigan Tech, Goodwill Industries, and the cities of Hancock and Houghton -- has recently received funding from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for electronic waste recycling. Spring and fall collection events are planned for 2018, in addition to the development of two permanent collection sites in the area. 

The spring collection will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Goodwill Industries at the airport. The following items are among those that will be accepted: cell phones, computer monitors, copy machines, cordless phones, fax machines, laptop computers, keyboards and mice, microwave ovens, printers, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, and VCR and DVD players.

The CCRI  is committed to providing environmentally and socially conscious recycling services for your unwanted electronics. The Keweenaw electronic recycling events are in collaboration with Comprenew, a Grand Rapids recycling company that is now expanding to the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.*

Comprenew is a Michigan DEQ-inspected and nationally certified  facility. By working with a Michigan based company we are helping to create jobs for UP families. The company has a "no landfill" policy that is strictly enforced.**

Free film on electronic recycling to be shown April 30

CCRI, along with Portage Lake District Library and the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, will sponsor a free showing of the film Death by Design (2016) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at Portage Library. A discussion will follow the film, and a recycler of the year award will be presented. ($3 suggested donation)

We love and live on smartphones, tablets and laptops. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone. But this revolution has a dark side. From factories in China, to high tech Silicon Valley, the film tells of environmental degradation, health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

* See: "Comprenew announces expansion into Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin."

** For a sample list of Comprenew's items acceptable for electronic recycling click here.

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