E-Waste drive coming to Traverse City in April

There's no arguing that electronic waste--or e-waste, as it's known--is a quickly-escalating problem for the environment. Thankfully, groups like Safety Net are helping make sure it doesn't all end up in a landfill. In the process, they're helping Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.

Safety Net announced it is holding a "Keep It Green! Keep It Clean!" drive April 17-19. They will travel to Traverse City-area businesses and pick up unwanted computers and electronics. The equipment will then be transported to Goodwill, where it will be recycled and the profits will go toward the various Goodwill programs and services.

To schedule a timeslot, please email Safety Net or call Heather Askew at 231-944-1100, ext. 112, by April 15.

Allowable donations include monitors, desktop and laptop computers, printers, scanners, hard disk drives, keyboards, mice, speakers, cords and cables, ink and toner cartridges, software (with license key), Microsoft X-box, Microsoft-branded webcams, cell phones of any type and small appliances such as coffee makers and toasters.

The proper disposal and recycling of e-waste eliminates some components from releasing lead, cadmium and mercury into soil and groundwater. The valuable scrap metals will be used to benefit Goodwill.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Safety Net
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