CARSON CITY — The nonprofit electronics recycler Comprenew of Grand Rapids is coming to Carson City-Crystal High School with its recycling trailer.
Area residents and businesses will be able to use the electronic recycling (e-recycling) service from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through April 2.
The first stop for the trailer was in Greenville, where residents recycled many electronics, according to Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski.
“During the collection period there was 11,738 pounds of TVs, computers, cell phones and other consumer electronics collected,” Rytlewski said.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, discarded TVs, computers, peripherals (including printers, scanners, fax machines) computer mice, keyboards and cell phones totaled about 2.37 million short tons in 2009.
“Being proactive and recycling obsolete electronics is the responsible way to dispose of this waste stream,” Rytlewski said.
Rytlewski is happy with the program this year.
“I am very pleased with the participation thus far in this program, as well as the support from community members that are happy to have found a home for the old TVs and computers that were previously taking up floor space,” he said.
The weight of items recycled this year has exceeded the amount from the previous year.
“In 2012, we offered one day a year where electronics could be recycled,” Rytlewski said. “During that day we collected around 6,000 pounds and in 2013 that number has nearly doubled after two weeks.”
The trailer will continue to travel throughout Montcalm County with new stops yet to be added. The idea is that each community will have local access to recycle electronics and keep them items from the waste stream.
“Comprenew will take almost anything with a cord or battery, Rytlewski said. “But no big box appliances, air conditioners or refrigerators.”
People can drop off old cell phones, radios, microwaves, televisions, laptops, keyboards, printers, household batteries and many other items.
For more information, call Rytlewski at (989) 831-7504.