WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) – The Wausau Good News Project is using this Earth Day to raise awareness of its e-CYCLING program, which keeps items such as televisions, appliances and game consoles out of landfills.
“You don’t even have to have a screen, it can just be a power cord,” said general manager Christine Daniels. “It may even just have a place to put the batteries. We’ll take that, we just won’t take the batteries.
Daniels says the program may be best known for TVs and other tech, but they’ll also take things like coffee makers and vacuum cleaners. They won’t take things like refrigerators, washers and dryers, or chest freezers.
She says there are two main benefits to taking advantage of the e-CYCLING service. These include saving landfill space and giving a second life to the elements that make up the electronics. “Electronics contain very valuable and reusable materials like copper, gold, silver, and even glass and steel,” Daniels said.
Electronic devices can also leak contaminants such as lead or mercury into the environment if not disposed of properly.
The Good News Project has helped divert more than 3.2 million pounds of electronics since the program launched, including more than 215,000 pounds in 2021. Daniels adds that recycling is a state of Wisconsin mandate to all residents and businesses.
Items will be recycled at a cost of $0.45 per pound and can be dropped off Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daniels says that in honor of Earth Day, they are also having a special Saturday collection this week.