Glenview, Ill. - Abt Electronics and Appliances is joining forces with the City of Chicago to help local residents recycle their “e-waste” in an environmentally friendly fashion for the second year in a row, on Tuesday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day.
Abt will help make Chicagoland a little “greener” by encouraging Chicagoans on Tuesday to dispose of their unneeded electronics and appliances by dropping them off at one of six recycling collection locations.
“We take in thousands of pounds of e-waste at our on-site Abt recycling center every day, but this event broadens our reach, and makes it easier for Chicagoans to unload items since we will have outposts across the city,” said Abt’s co-president Jon Abt.
“Abt has always been committed to helping the environment through its green program. We take in thousands of pounds of e-waste at our on-site Abt recycling center every day, but this event broadens our reach, and makes it easier for Chicagoans to unload items since we will have outposts across the city."
“Last year’s initiative was a great success,” said Aaron Joseph, Deputy Sustainability Officer with the City of Chicago. “We surpassed our expectations by collecting over eight tons of e-waste in 2013, and this year, we are pleased to say we have established additional e-waste drop-off locations to make it even more convenient to participate.”
Educating Chicagoans and expanding access to recycling services are key goals of the Sustainable Chicago 2015 action agenda, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s environmental plan for the City of Chicago.
On Earth Day, Chicagoans will have the opportunity to gather their old, broken or unused electronics and drop them off at one of six sites throughout Chicagoland. The first 100 participants who drop off e-waste materials at each location will receive a branded t-shirt made from recycled material. Everyone who stops by will also receive a gift certificate for 10 percent off their next visit to Abt.
Five sites will be in Chicago and one at Abt’s location, here. The following products will be accepted during the day: Electronics (computers, monitors, hard copy devices, keyboards & mice, TVs, mobile devices); batteries; appliances (Microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers etc. including countertop and vacuums); white styrofoam (no peanuts); and wood pallets (must be intact).
To learn more about the Earth Day e-waste recycling drive, including additional details on what items will and will not be accepted, please go to http://blog.abt.com/2014/04/abt-electronics-earth-day-e-waste-recycling-drive/#more-15094. For more information about what e-waste is, please go to http://www.chicagorecycling.org/electronics.htm.
For more on the industry’s efforts to encourage more recycling and curb energy use read our Earth Day Special Report, Monday, April 21 in print or at TWICE.com.