On Jan 10, the Super Wal-Mart at Seminary Square welcomed just over 100 families to come and recycle their used electronics in the parking lot. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Galesburg, Knox County, and the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility.
The collection received everything from old computers and monitors to coffee pots. Many televisions were brought in after the regulated change to digital broadcast Feb. 17; the televisions still work, but could not be connected to a converter.
Wal-Mart has been recycling paint for the last three years, and this year has started to recycle electronics as well, explained Head of the Safety and Risk Management Committee Elaine Turpin. Turpin has been working for Wal-Mart for the past 21 years.
The City of Galesburg helped fund the event.
The Tri-County Regional Collection Facility works with Recycling for Illinois Inc., to process the electronics.
Tri-County Regional Collection Facility provides paint and electronics recycling services to eight counties in Illinois. Additionally it services universities and public schools in the area.
Recycling for Illinois, Inc. of Peoria, salvages the usable parts of electronics to donate to non-profits to help the organizations raise money, or donates the electronics to low-income families and those with disabilities. The rest of the material is processed and recycled in accordance with the Illinois EPA, with profits from recycled parts such as copper going to maintain the recycling plant.
The Salvation Army, the police explorers and Knox students also volunteered their time. Junior Jules Trachsel was there to recycle his monitor and help.
“I think it’s great because normally people don’t know what to do with their electronics and throw them away, “ he said. “ It makes sense cause everyone already goes to Wal-Mart, it’s a community gathering point and they have enough space to do it.”