Computer donations overwhelm Danville program

Computer donations overwhelm Danville program

DANVILLE – The warehouse at Bud's Express Cellular looked like a computer graveyard Wednesday, as many businesses and individuals took advantage of free computer recycling.

Vermilion County Recycling Coordinator Lynn Wolgamot said Wednesday's collection was supposed to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they had to cut it off at 12:30 p.m., because the 20 recycling boxes – bigger than washing machines – were already full.

Wolgamot said they collected a lot of equipment, and large-size monitors absorb a lot of space.

"By the time you get the big ones in, they take up a lot of room," she said.

The two-day event, which was planned around America Recycles Day on Wednesday, resumes at 10 a.m. today at Bud's warehouse at 115-117 Van Buren St. in Danville.

Wolgamot said they should have more of the large recycling boxes ready to fill again this morning. Organizers apologized if Wednesday's shortened collection inconvenienced people. They will collect again today until the boxes are filled, which could again happen before 5 p.m.

Bud's partnered with Classic Computer Recovery, based in Michigan, to host the recycling event.

Melody Ehrlich with Bud's said it gives small businesses and residents the opportunity to recycle their electronics in an environmentally friendly manner. She said that normally there would be a small fee associated with a computer recycling collection like this.

"Classic Computer Recovery offered this free collection to business partners, and we jumped at the chance to make this happen," Ehrlich said.

They're accepting computers, all-in-one printers, laptops, modems, printers, monitors, CD-ROM drives, mice, keyboards, cables, hard drives and motherboards. Businesses may bring up to 10 items and be prepared to unload the material.

Classic Computer Recovery specializes in electronic recycling and is capable of recycling more than 95 percent of the equipment at their site in Michigan.

Wolgamot said at this point, computers and equipment are not banned from landfills, but there is discussion about such bans not only in Illinois but also elsewhere in the country.

In April, the county is teaming up with Danville Area Community College's Phi Theta Kappa chapter to host an even bigger computer recycling collection, and Wolgamot said they may consider accepting electronics other than computers. She said Keep Vermilion County Beautiful and Phi Theta Kappa together won a $10,000 grant to hold the event this spring.

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