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Grants to fund e-scrap collection

March 13, 2009

Next Super Scrap Saturday set for May 16; Daily drop-off service coming

Wabash Valley residents will have a convenient, environmentally safe option for disposing of computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic items thanks to a series of state grants.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has awarded grants totaling more than $32,000 to the Indiana State University Recycle Center, TREES Inc. and WorkForce Inc. to provide e-scrap collection for Terre Haute and the surrounding area.

Since 2007, the three organizations have teamed up to collect approximately 750,000 pounds of electronic waste and processed the items in an environmentally sound manner.

"Our ultimate goal is to provide a daily drop-off facility for electronic waste with little or no cost to individual users," said Paul Reed, director of the ISU Recycle Center. The university maintains a drive-through drop-off facility for recyclables at its Facilities Management Building at Ninth and Sycamore streets.

The university received a $14,375 grant from IDEM to purchase a forklift and signage for e-scrap collection while WorkForce Inc. received $15,750 for the purchase of a 24-foot box truck with a lift gate to provide transportation of e-scrap. TREES Inc. received $2,000 to assist with marketing e-scrap recycling and supporting efforts of the ISU Recycle Center.

"The response to our two E-Scrap Super Saturdays last year was truly impressive, proving that Wabash Valley residents care deeply about the environment and the proper disposal of electronic waste,” said Joy Sacopulos of TREES Inc. "We are pleased that these grants will help us make the process more convenient for all and thereby do an even better job of keeping e-scrap out of landfills."

The project will also create jobs for individuals recently released from prison in a program that helps them transition back into the work force.

"This grant will help create a number of jobs for some very disadvantaged Indiana residents," said Greg Keesling of WorkForce Inc. "Having a job can go a long way toward keeping these individuals from returning to prison. The recidivism rate for our employees is just 15 percent compared with a statewide average of nearly 50 percent."

The ISU Recycle Center, TREES Inc. and WorkForce Inc. will conduct another E-Scrap Super Saturday on May 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ISU parking lot at Ninth and Chestnut streets.

The three partners have been seeking IDEM grant support for more than a year to carry out plans to provide daily e-scrap drop off in Terre Haute.

"We are delighted that each of the partners were awarded grants that were coordinated to make daily e-scrap recycling available in our community," said Greg Ulm, president of TREES Inc. and a leader of the e-scrap partnership.

A start date for daily e-scrap collections is expected to be announced soon.

Photo:
E-scrap by the truckload Following the success of special events such as E-Scrap Super Saturday shown in this September 2008 photo, a series of grants will enable the Indiana State University Recycle Center, with partner agencies WorkForce Inc. and TREES Inc., to offer drop-off service for electronic waste items.

Contact: Paul Reed, director of custodial and special services, Indiana State University, 812-237-8197 or preed1@indstate.edu; Greg Keesling, WorkForce Inc. 317-532-1368 or gkeesling@work-force-inc.com; or Joy Sacopulos, TREES Inc., 812-237-2718 or jsacopulos@aol.com

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

 

Story Highlights

Next Super Scrap Saturday set for May 16; Daily drop-off service coming

State grants will enable the ISU Recycling Center and its e-scrap partners provide daily collection of electronic scrap, including computers, monitors and televisions.

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