Zorn applauds local electronics recycling grant

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Wednesday that Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan is one of 14 organizations to be awarded a Rural Electronics Recycling grant by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

“As people buy more and more electronics, older devices are regularly being thrown away,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “The problem is that many old electronics contain toxic substances, including lead and mercury, and when old devices are tossed into landfills, these chemicals can get into the soil and ground water.

“This grant will help Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan recycle old electronics in our region and help protect our valuable water and natural resources.”

Goodwill Industries of Southeast Michigan will receive $60,000 to establish six permanent collection sites in Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties and support the purchase of a box truck to transport electronics from Goodwill retail locations to a consolidation location.

According to EGLE, the $269,540 in grants will fund 18 community electronics drop-off locations and multiple community collection events in rural communities across the state. Community events provide affordable and convenient electronics recycling opportunities to residents, and using properly registered recyclers assures that the electronics are properly managed through their end of life.

For more information, visit Michigan’s Electronics Recycling Program at www.Michigan.gov/EGLEeWaste.