Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and the annual reminder to take care of the planet is a good time to e-cycle the unwanted and unused electronics in your home or office.
“E-cycling a computer, DVD player, or other electronic device provides an opportunity to recycle reusable components and keep electronics out of landfills, ” says Thad Nation, executive director of Wired Wisconsin.
In 2011, Wisconsin’s E-Cycle Wisconsin program brought in 6.2 pounds of e-waste per resident. These efforts keep electronics out of landfills and generate economic growth for collectors, recyclers and redistributors of collected materials. More information on E-Cycle Wisconsin can be found here.
E-recycling drives are being held around the state this weekend in honor of Earth Day:
Saturday, April 21
The Washington County Habitat for Humanity will be holding a free e-cycling event at the West Bend High Schools parking lot, 1305 E. Decorah Road in West Bend from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 22
In the Milwaukee area, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore, along with Mayfair Mall, 2500 North Mayfair Road, is hosting an e-recycling drive on Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Macy’s Northeast Parking lot. Computers, televisions, phones, copy and fax machines, printers, stereo equipment, microwaves, CD/VCR/DVD players and most small electronics can be dropped off during the drive. Items can be functional or non-working.
Both Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill offer e-cycling services year round, but are holding Earth Day e-cycling collection events to help increase awareness of their programs.