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April 28, 2014

Obsolete electronics recycled at e-cycling event

OSKALOOSA — Saturday was a perfect day for people to bring obsolete electronics to the Mahaska Communications Group parking lot to recycle and protect the environment.

Mahaska Communications Group teamed up with Midwest Electronic Recovery, of Walford, and several local organizations to hold an e-cycling event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.

The event began at 8 a.m., but people were bringing in their old electronics even before it started.

Randy Long of Midwest Electronic Recovery said the big items people brought to e-cycle event were CRT TVs.

“You get a fair share of computers,” he added.

What happens to the out-of-date electronics once they are loaded onto trucks?

“Everything gets torn down and separated,” Long said.

Computer boards are removed, and plastic and metal components are separated, he said. Also, TVs are stripped down to their bare tubes. Glass from TV screens is crushed and melted down, he added.

Long said that besides e-cycle events, his company works with landfills to remove electronics from trash before the garbage is placed in the ground.

An MCG representative was pleased with the initial turnout for the e-cycling event.

“Things are great,” Eddie Pierson said. “It's been pretty steady since a quarter to 8. The weather is great.”

Pierson said there was a crew of volunteers to help separate and load electronics onto trucks. Volunteers came from a variety of businesses and organizations such as Clow Valve, 4-H, Trees Forever and MCG, he said.

“It's a good project for the community,” Pierson said.

Trees Forever members also gave away saplings to people who brought in old electronics. They distributed sugar maples, lilacs and red oaks, Trees Forever President Craig Coen said. After the e-cycling event, Trees Forever members and local Girl Scouts planted trees in the Oskaloosa city square and at Edmunson Park, Coen said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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