There are approximately 8.2 million TVs, 5.9 million computers, and 7.8 million cell phones in Wisconsin homes. A growing disposal problem is facing consumers.
Two area non-profits are working to get the devices recycled properly.
The Good News Project and Northwoods Alliance For Temporary Housing, NATH, are sponsoring an electronic recycling event.
It's open to Rhinelander area residents on Friday, June 21, from 12 pm to 6 pm, and Saturday, June 22, from 9 am to 12 pm at Charter-NEX Films-Red Arrow Drive in Rhinelander. The location is just off Highway 8 west.
Frederick Place Executive Director Tammy Modic describes what is being recycled..
"..Pretty much anything that is not a large appliance that plugs in. Computers, monitors, pretty much anything that goes with a computer. Any type or size of TV or DVD player, gaming system, cords, wires, laptops, air conditioners, cell phone, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, vacuums, microwaves, stereos. Again just about anything that has a cord but isn't a major appliance..."
No appointments are necessary for the general public, and the cost to recycle most items is $.40 per pound with all tax-deductible proceeds benefit the two area nonprofit organizations.
Area businesses are also encouraged to attend, and those with large quantities of recycling can reserve a no waiting drop off time on Friday morning by calling the Good News Project 715-843-5985.