Waste Management’s Janesville and Madison recycling centers offer free electronics recycling Dec. 26-30 in exchange for food bank donations
Madison & Janesville, Wis. — December 20, 2011 — Protect the planet and help neighbors in need by recycling unwanted electronics at no charge when you bring food bank donations to Waste Management’s recycling centers in Janesville and Madison from Dec. 26-30.
Waste Management will waive electronics recycling fees in exchange for your donation of five non-perishable food items for each device you drop off for recycling during Dec. 26-30 at the company’s recycling centers at 2200 Fish Hatchery Road in Madison and 340 Black Bridge Road in Janesville. Donations are taken from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Madison and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Janesville.
“If upgraded electronic gadgets will be under your tree this year, plan to recycle your unwanted electronics for free while helping out people right here in our community who are struggling to make ends meet,” said John Rickard, plant manager for Waste Management.
Food donations will benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin in Madison, and ECHO’s Food Pantry in Janesville. The most helpful non-perishable food donations include cans, jars and boxes of soup, peanut butter and jelly, beans, meat and tuna, fruit and vegetables, and crackers and cereal.
Eligible electronics for this event are televisions, computer monitors, computers and computer accessories, printers, fax machines and video and DVD players and recorders. No appliances, please.
Older electronics may contain potentially harmful materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium, but also contain valuable materials that can be reclaimed for use in new devices. Electronics collected will be forwarded to Waste Management e-cycling centers where workers disassemble electronics and sort the metals, plastic housings and other components for use by manufacturers that incorporate the recovered materials into new products.
Waste Management’s electronics processing facilities are certified to meet or exceed stringent environmental, health and safety protection criteria set by the Basel Action Network, among the highest standards worldwide. “We share consumers’ determination to make sure their electronic products are disposed of safely,” Rickard said.
In Wisconsin, many electronics cannot be placed in trash. September marked the one-year anniversary of a statewide ban on landfilling or incinerating computers, printers, televisions and other electronic discards. Wisconsin households and schools are recycling more than 30 million pounds a year of electronics, and state businesses and institutions are also recycling extensively.
The holidays are a peak buying period for electronics, with more than one in three shoppers buying electronics gifts during Black Friday weekend alone this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. Increased buying prompts increased disposal of electronics that are replaced.
“Remember, the cardboard packaging your new gadgets come in is recyclable too,” Rickard said, noting that cardboard can be recycled with your household recyclables statewide.
About Waste Management
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is the largest recycler in North America and a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
About Second Harvest foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin through community partnerships, serving nearly 141,000 people who struggle to put food on the table, including 43 percent who are children. Through food and financial donations and volunteer support, Second Harvest Foodbank acquires and distributes food to 315 partner agencies, including food pantries, shelters and meal sites, in 16 counties. From July 1, 2010–June 30, 2011, Second Harvest Foodbank distributed 8.6 million pounds of food. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit www.secondharvestmadison.org.
ECHO, Inc., created in late 1969, is a non-profit, faith-community sponsored charity organization, serving low-income individuals and families in the Janesville area. It exists through the generosity of others in the community. ECHO stands for Everyone Cooperating to Help Others. Congregations help us, so do many individuals, businesses, school and community groups, foundations, and social service agencies. ECHO has grown from being a food pantry and clothing depot to being a charity organization called upon to help meet temporary housing, food, transportation and other emergency needs for low-income families. ECHO seeks to help people help themselves through its programs and services, not readily available through other sources, and to assist them in utilizing other existing services and programs in the community. It does not impose any theological or political value system upon those served. Requests for assistance may be made at the ECHO Office. For more information, visit http://www.echojanesville.org/.