Convenient year-round electronic recycling is now a reality for Madison residents and businesses, thanks to a cooperative effort between the Madison Environmental Commission and local merchant PC Problems, who has agreed to act as the “drop-off site” for recyclable electronic items in the community.
“The Commission talked about various ways to offer electronic recycling to the community. Partnering with PC Problems offers the easiest and most convenient option to the residents, which in turn will hopefully translate into more recycling and less items in the waste stream,” said Environmental Commission Chair Jim Greene.
Carmen DeRosa of PC Problems welcomed the opportunity to help implement the program by allowing community members to drop off their recyclable electronic items at his conveniently-located store. DeRosa, who works with computers every day, understands the importance of electronic recycling, “Unfortunately, computers and other technology eventually wear out. Offering responsible recycling of this equipment is really important to me.”
Although electronic recycling was not previously year-round in Madison, local community groups actively supported the movement. The Boy Scouts, who last year organized two single-day electronic recycling drives, approached Greene with the possibility of arranging a permanent electronic recycling program.
“It was very important for us to know where the electronics were going,” said Madison Environmental Commissioner, Tom Haralampoudis. “We wanted to make sure the items were recycled in the most environmentally sensitive way possible, and not just shipped off and dumped somewhere else.”
With that in mind, the Borough of Madison contracted with eRevival LLC of Montvale, NJ, the same company that partnered with the Boy Scouts’ drives last year, to provide the recycling container. According to the eRevival website, unlike other electronics and recycling companies, who deal only with computer recycling, eRevival uniquely offers a “full spectrum of disposal of all kinds of electronic items.”
The special container for recyclable items, located at the Department of Public Works facility on John Ave., is accessible to PC Problems due to a formal agreement signed between PC Problems and the Borough Council.
Although the recycling service is free of charge, those that use the recycling service are encouraged to make a donation to the Madison Environmental Commission.
Local residents and businesses can drop off their electronic recycling hours at the PC Problems store at 50 Main Street, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Recyclable electronic items that can be dropped off include VCR’s, speakers, stereo equipment, computers and computer-related equipment, fax machines, scanners, printers, TV’s, copy machines, cellular phones and other wireless devices.
More information including a complete list of recyclable items can be found at www.ILoveMadisonNJ.org. This list is also available at PC Problems and on Rosenet.org.