Agency ends electronic waste collection

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has discontinued its popular electronic waste recycling program, but there are other locations where the waste can be taken for recycling.

In a written statement from the health department, Guy St. Germain, health officer/executive officer, said the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, which used to run the e-waste recycling program, will no longer be doing so.

In the statement, St. Germain said there are many other local locations where electronic waste items can be dropped off, so there is no need for the health department and RSVP to do it.

“The health department’s RSVP program began collecting electronic waste in 2005 when there was no local, environmentally friendly outlet to dispose of electronics,” St. Germain said. “We’re proud that our RSVP project has recycled over 165 tons of electronic waste and provided a valuable service to more than 2,200 households across the region.”

One of the other local sites for electronic waste collection is the Goodwill Calumet Work Center near the Houghton County Memorial Airport and Keith Stenger, senior operations manager, said the center will accept computers as well as monitors, cellphones, VCRs, microwave ovens, DVD players and televisions. The site doesn’t accept radios.

Stenger said the waste collection program for Goodwill is fairly new.

“We started about a year and a half ago,” he said.

Waste should be taken to the work center and not to the Goodwill Store, Stenger said.

The Goodwill Calumet Work Center is located at 23390 Airpark Blvd., off of U.S. 41 north of Hancock.

The waste is collected at the warehouse at the back of the property. Collection hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. There is no fee to drop off electronic waste.

The Goodwill Calumet Work Center will take other items for recycling, Stenger said, including paper, plastic, metal and cardboard. It does not accept glass, however.