Lincoln Twp. to host electronic recycling event

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township residents who have aging computers and television sets collecting dust can get rid of them Saturday.

Community businesses and residents can recycle their unwanted electronic items from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lincoln Township Hall.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling will take in the material Saturday at 2055 W. John Beers Road.

Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter said this will be the third time the township has held the four-hour event in conjunction with the Green Earth. Porter said she first heard of Green Earth and its community events with municipalities when they joined forces with Lake Township.

“We had a really good turnout, and they stayed busy the whole four hours they were here last year,” Loar-Porter said. “They’ve been great to work with. Our residents get really excited because they don’t know what to do with all that stuff.”

Accepted items include computers, laptops, monitors, TVs, telephones, cameras, DVD players, cords/cables, printers, toner cartridges, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances and any other electronic items with a cord.

A $10 hazardous waste fee will be collected for all monitors and a $20 waste fee for all TVs. All hard drives can be wiped to Department of Defense specifications for an additional $10.

St. Joseph-based Green Earth Electronics Recycling is registered as a recycler with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Green Earth Manager Jeff Bodtke said the company collect between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of electronic material at each of the community events.

Bodtke said they’ve come across a lot of strange devices since they began doing this eight years ago.

“There was this one piece of equipment that had hazardous waste in it at one of the events,” he said. “We had to turn it over to the county because we couldn’t touch the liquid. We’ve gotten stuff from electric razors to those old arcade-type games like Ms. Pac-Man.”

Those who can’t make it to the free event can visit www.greenearth1.com/fees for information about fees. All businesses are encouraged to register by emailingpickup@greenearth1.com or calling 326-1232. To contact Lincoln Township, residents can visit www.lctberrien.org or call 429-1589.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on May 13, 2016)

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