Spring e-waste drive May 7

Get ready: it’s our first big e-waste drive with Sam’s Club of the year.

It’s taking place Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sam’s Club in Jackson. And as a special extra, CP Federal Credit Union is offering a shredding truck to shred your personal and confidential documents.

Download our flyer for all the details!

Post-holiday recycling

Get a nifty gadget under your Christmas tree?

It’s a good idea to recycle the old version. Recycling Jackson will be open on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’ll be taking the usual recyclable materials, as well as e-waste – which means you can recycle that old not-so-flatscreen TV. And now we’re offering lower prices on recycling.

Our site will be closed through February and will re-open the first Saturday in March.

President’s Column: Hope Still Abounds

For those of us that are avid recyclers there was a glimmer of hope this fall that we will have the opportunity to bring others into the recycling fold. If you happened to miss the headlines a couple weeks ago, the Department of Correction put Jackson County on notice that they were going to no longer buy steam from the Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) or the incinerator.  With that news the county announced that it would close the incinerator at the end of October.  With that announcement we had a glimmer of hope that the county might consider expanding recycling opportunities in the county.

To voice our support to the county leaders about expanding recycling, Recycling Jackson, other environmentally focused organizations and individuals attended a County Commission meeting to outline how the county could pay off the bonds for the incinerator while they expanded recycling in our community.  We offered our support not only with implementing expanded recycling, but also with educating the community about the benefits of recycling.

Well, within a couple weeks there was another announcement that the state and the county had come to an agreement to allow the prison to continue to purchase steam generated by the RRF. With that announcement the county stated that the RRF would stay open.

While that announcement does give us pause, all is not lost.  There is still work going on behind the scenes to address some issues that have somewhat been ignored in the past.  If you feel strongly about the county expanding the opportunity for recycling in our community we encourage you to contact your State legislator and your county commissioner to voice your support of adopting a more environmentally friendly way to deal with our trash.

In other good news, RJ’s recycling drop off site will be open next year. Our hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  In January we will be open on the second Saturday of the month due to New Years day being the first Saturday of the month.  We will not be open in February as that is our slowest month of the year due to the weather.  The rest of the year we will be open the first Saturday of the month.

We have dropped our ewaste prices benefiting from the Michigan electronic collection law that went into effect in April of 2010.  We will also have two community e-waste drives next year and have committed to have another ewaste drive in Hillsdale with the support of Alsons’ corporation.

As you can tell we have a busy year in front of us and we really need your continued financial support.  We encourage you to support our operations with a tax deductible financial contribution.  We have made it easy to donate by clicking on the link on our website or you can just mail us your donation.

Thank you for your ongoing support and your interest in recycling and Recycling Jackson.

Happy Holidays!

Steve Noble
Recycling Jackson president

Summer e-waste drive totals

E-waste 2010 -  TVs

We had a great turnout for our summer e-waste drive as a part of the Jackson Community Recycling Day.

All-told, we collected 18,595 lbs. of electronics, including 11,800 lbs. of TVs; 2,500 lbs. of PC monitors; 2,500 lbs. of PCs; 1,700 lbs. of miscellaneous materials. That’s more than nine tons of e-waste that won’t go into the landfill, burned down for scrap, or sent overseas to make someone sick.

Look for details on our fall e-waste drive!

Recycle e-waste with Gazelle

Gazelle, says the New York Times, is a way to recycle your electronic waste (e-waste) and get some money back for your gadgets.

Rik Fairlie writes:

Gazelle resells most of the items customers send in and uses recycling as a last resort so that fewer products land in landfills.

Here’s how it works: Go to the site and type the name of your product in the search bar. The site will ask a few questions about the condition of the item and whether you have the original accessories like cables and AC adapters. It then prices your gadget based on current market value and immediately returns a figure. If you want to sell the gadget, click the Add to Box button. The company will even send a postage-paid box for easy shipping. And if your gadget has no market value, Gazelle will still recycle it.

Reportedly, Gazelle makes a profit by selling your scrap electronics on eBay and other auction sites. Up to 80 percent of gadgets find a new home, Gazelle says, and the rest get recycled. They have a no-export recycling policy, meaning your e-waste won’t end up in some third world country, melted for scrap.

Let us know if you try it, and what you think!

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