Thank you to the thousands (yes, thousands!!) of our region’s citizens who dropped off unused electronic equipment over the past THREE AFTERNOONS at our post-Christmas Ecycling Event in the Birmingham, Ala. metropolitan region. Our first day at Vulcan Park we filled 15′ 1-800-Got-Junk? trucks several times, plus five (5) large pickup trucks and two (2) 12′ trailers. For our CompUSA site in Hoover, we rented three (3) 26′ trucks from Metro Truck Rentals and kept them in constant rotation over the two days. By our estimation the total received over the three-day event equates to 85 tons of equipment collected… exceeding any of our multi-location single day events by at least 10 tons.
Several thousand items were collected including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, speakers, mice, stereo equipment, and miscellaneous computing pieces. In addition, we received such oddities as two TRS80 Model IIIs and a Commodore 64 still in its original box. These will be donated to the McWane Science Center for an expected display of vintage computing equipment. No televisions or microwaves could be accepted since there is no acceptable method of recycling available at this time.
A few dozen faithful volunteers staffed the collection locations, working tirelessly over 6 hours each afternoon. They greeted the thousands of cars, minivans, and trucks that came to drop off their unused equipment after reading about the event in the papers and hearing the numerous television stories about the event. Some got emails from Vulcan Park or TechBirmingham or calls from friends and neighbors who came the day before. We even had one person drive up from Montgomery to deliver a pickup truck load of used equipment after hearing about it through the media blitz this past week.
Staff of Birmingham-based Alabama Computer Computer Disposal Group (ACDG), TechBirmingham’s electronics recycling partner, worked straight through each of the three nights and days to unload the trucks. Reusable computing equipment has been set aside for allocation to local non-profits under the direction of TechBirmingham. The remaining equipment, some 95-98% of all the units received will be demanufactured by ACDG and its subcontractors.
If anyone missed this post-Christmas event, they only need wait until our regularly scheduled TechBirmingham Ecycling Day 2007 this coming April. Historically we have held the event on Earth Day (April 22), but in 2007 that day falls on a Sunday. For that reason, we expect to hold the event on April 21st instead. We’ll announce the dozen (or so) locations in the month before the event and publish all information on TechBirmingham’s EcyclingDay.com website. Volunteers are needed as well, so please don’t hesitate to inquire about helping out.
Thank you to the Birmingham, Ala. community for once again exceeding our expectations in this important electronics recycling effort!