Posted at: 04/20/2013 3:19 PM
Updated at: 04/20/2013 9:25 PM
By: WNYT Staff
As part of Earth Day, Newschannel 13 sponsored an electronics recycling day at Taft Furniture this morning. It gave people the opportunity to get rid of their old televisions, computers, VCR's, fax machines and other items safely.
A line of cars wrapped around the massive parking lot at Taft Furniture in Colonie, causing congestion that spilled out onto Central Ave; all of them capital region residents eager to clean out the clutter from their homes.
Old computers, TV's, outdated appliances; you name it, as well as just plain electronic junk filled the Taft parking lot.
“A team of volunteers helped to sort them out into the right boxes. Some of them as young as ten years old, but don't let their age fool you. They knew exactly why they're here,” says one volunteer.
“Do you know why we recycle in this country? Just to make the earth a cleaner place for humans,” says another. A lesson for them to carry on into the future at this electronics recycling effort.
Many people here say they're doing their part to keep the earth clean in whatever small way they could, “It's important to properly dispose of electronics. I'm getting rid of VCR, DTV converter box and I'm getting rid of a remote for the VCR also.”
The junk will be loaded into 20 big rigs and hauled away. Ken Johnson works with maven technologies, the company responsible to sort through it all.
“We actually touch it here and we bring it back to our processing center in Rochester where we bring it in, weigh it, receive it,” says Johnson.
More than 300,000 pounds of this stuff will be processed. Some will be recycled into new products while others may be repurposed or reused. The best part is, they won't end up in the landfills.