More than 17,000 e-waste items were collected and approximately 76 tons of electronics waste was diverted from Alabama’s landfills in the Birmingham region’s first coordinated electronics recycling (a.k.a. “Ecycling”) effort.
Two Girl Scout troops from Helena took time off on Earth Day from selling their cookies to help save the earth. They joined more than 200 volunteers including members of Birmingham’s technology community and several dozen college students to help collect old electronic equipment for TechBirmingham Ecycling Day on April 22. These girls and their troop leaders staffed one of the 15 collection sites across the Birmingham, Alabama region. Many of the volunteers gathered at the McWane Center on the following Wednesday night for a thank you reception to hear the preliminary collection numbers of computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, and cell phones.
The numbers announced included:
- Computers = 3548
- Monitors = 4124
- Laptops = 41
- Keyboards = 2581
- Printers/Faxes = 2039
- Cell phones = 564
- Over 5000 miscellaneous items, weighing in excess of 10,000 lbs.
These numbers represent the preliminary count of items received from the general public at the collection day on April 22 and the generous response from the corporate community. The institutional donations began earlier in the month.
“We were excited to see such a fantastic turnout from the community on Earth Day. The volunteers were the backbone of the successful event and worked tirelessly unloading every type of electronic device imaginable,” said Curtis Palmer, president of TechBirmingham. “The more than 17,000 items we received represent approximately seventy-six tons of electronic equipment that have been diverted from Alabama’s landfills.”
While most of the items received will be recycled and demanufactured, many can be refurbished. Grant requests for computers are no longer being accepted. During the program, however, over 20 grant applications were received from non-profits, schools, and churches seeking access to the reusable computers donated for TechBirmingham Ecycling Day. Each recipient organization will refurbish their allocated computers with software donated by Microsoft.
We are also no longer accepting donations of equipment. If you represent a corporation needing to recycle equipment before next year’s event, please contact Alabama Computer Disposal Group. Fees will apply, but are very reasonable. If you individually would like to donate computer equipment, contact Computer Help For Kids at Mckenna1964@aol.com.
Strategic partners for the event included:
- Alabama Computer Disposal Group / computer recycler
- Coca-Cola / refreshment for volunteer workforce
- Computer Help for Kids / refurbishment experts and program management
- Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 / adviser
- Handoff Wireless / cell phone recycler
- City of Hoover / logistics and consolidation warehouse
- Microsoft / software for refurbished computers
- PODS / logistics and storage units
- Printer Connection / printer recycler
- Streamline Communications, a Verizon retailer / communications sponsor
- SunGard / website and program management
- FOX6 WBRC / presenting media partner