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Electronics Recycling Recap - September 15, 2018

Many thanks to our fantastic volunteers and city employees for making our 6th electronics recycling event a success on September 15, 2018! Below are the stats:

  • 17,871 pounds of electronics filled up two 26-foot trucks
  • ~100 households and 5 businesses served
  • $2,400 raised via donations and fees to support our Zero Waste programs in Wayne
  • 63 tube TVs
  • 11 tube monitors
  • 8 microwaves
  • Pick-ups at 3 senior citizen homes
  • We opened at 7:45 a.m. and wrapped completely at 10:30 a.m.
  • Majority of people heard about us through social media

This was the smoothest run electronics recycling event ever. We owe special thanks to the many people who helped make it that way:

  • Coach Kaminsky and the Wayne State College Men's Basketball players who helped do heavy lifting and senior citizen home pick ups
  • Coach Cleary and the Wayne State College Women's Soccer team who not only helped with the unloading and lifting, but also served as greeters and money collectors
  • To Green Team volunteers Sherry Dorman, Carol Dunning, Laura Dendinger, and Gail McCorkindale for also serving as greeters. Thank you once again Sherry for donating the donuts!
  • City employees Earnest Ping and Officer Dominic Consoli provided terrific help at the event with traffic, heavy lifting and set up. Our city team is the best ever!
  • Chief Chinn, Chanelle Belt, Wes Blecke and Joel Hansen for their help on behalf of the City in support of this yearly event.
  • DataShield for showing up early with three terrific employees, Ramone, Stephen and Jeff, and having it all wrapped and loaded right at 10:30 a.m.
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for funding via the Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant.

With partners like these, the community of Wayne will continue to be successful in our efforts to Recycle Right and reach Zero Waste. Thank you!

What kind of electronics do you accept?
We are accepting TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, floppy discs & CDs, telephones, cell phones, printers, cameras, cords, keyboards & accessories, networking equipment (routers, modems, Ethernet cables), docking stations, stereos, speakers, CD players, gaming stations, chargers and more. Sorry, no batteries, VHS tapes, or large appliances accepted. Click here to see the full list of acceptable and unacceptable items.

Are there any fees?
Yes, we ask for a suggested donation of $10 per carload and $50 per business load of reasonable size.  Our priority is to serve households, which have limited access to electronic recycling services.  There are specific fees for more hazardous electronics, such as TVs and monitors containing CRTs, and microwaves, which are difficult to recycle.  All fees help support City of Wayne community programs focused on waste reduction as part of our overall Zero Waste strategy.

  • Suggested donation of $10 per carload, $50 per business load of reasonable size
  • Additional fees for hazardous electronics containing CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes):
    • Monitors: $5
    • TVs: $10
  • $10 per microwave
  • No fee for flatscreens

Why should I recycle my TV or monitor instead of throwing it in the landfill?
These items contain CRTs, or Cathode Ray Tubes.  CRT items contain hazardous substances, such as mercury, lead and phosphorus among other things.  A standard CRT monitor can contain up to eight pounds of lead, while the mercury amount is smaller but just as harmful.  When these items are thrown in the landfill, they get broken, which causes leaching into the soil and groundwater when it rains.

Our electronics recycling provider from Omaha, DataShield, de-manufactures a portion of the CRTs at its facility then sends the remaining hazardous glass portion to an EPA-approved facility for further processing. The Wayne Green Team pays DataShield to dispose of electronics in a responsible and environmentally safe way. Your efforts make a difference in protecting our planet.

What are the benefits of recycling electronics?
Recycling your old electronics impacts the environment positively in several ways:

  • Keeps potentially harmful waste out of the landfills
  • Protects personal information on electronic devices
  • Repurposes useful electronics
  • Takes less energy to reuse than to renew

What's our community's track record for recycling electronics?
Since 2013, the Wayne Green Team has hosted an electronics recycling event every year. Since that time we have diverted over 42 tons of electronics from the landfill. Way to go Wayne!

Questions or want to help?
Email us and be sure to like us on Facebook.  Thank you!

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