Quincy company plans e-waste recycle program

For many people, when they get a new computer or a new television, they have no place to dispose of their old one.

But now, there is going to be a place that you can drop off that old piece of electronic equipment.

On almost any given day, you can usually see people at the Quincy Recycle operation at 6th and State in Quincy, pulling in and dropping of their aluminum cans, newspaper, tin and even cardboard. But beginning on September 4th, folks are going to be able to drop off their old televisions, computers and other electronic items during regular business hours. That's because the company is going to begin a new program where e-waste is accepted along with other recyclable materials.

"Community members are really having a hard time getting rid of e-waste and and again environmental consequences and government policies have kept residents from throwing that material away so what do they do with it? Well effective September 4th they bring it here, so that's kind of why we entered the e-waste arena," Quincy Recycle plant manager Andy Hermsmeier said.

Hermsmeier also said they've been in the planning stages for this new program for the past several months and he said a lot of what's inside an electronic item and even the outside hard plastic case can be recycled and there is a market for those items.

"And we're going to be collecting this material and bringing it in and separating it to some extent and resending it out to people that will be recycling it and getting everything out of it worth keeping," Hermsmeier said.

He also said there's now a federal law that prohibits the the transportation of electronic and hazardous material from one continent to another. And a new federal law that went on the books at the beginning of 2012 forbids electronic items to be disposed of in a regular landfill.

Because there are special materials inside of televisions and computer monitors, the company is going to charge $5 to people who drop off those two types of particular items.