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$60K to help electronic recycling efforts across NE MI

Submitted by on September 11, 2019 – 12:40 amNo Comment

Residents of northeast Michigan will have more opportunities to properly dispose of old computers and other electronics due to a state grant.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has awarded more than $269,000 in grants to 14 applicants during the second round of Rural Electronics Recycling Grants.

The Northeast Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) is receiving $60,000 to support electronics recycling efforts across Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego, and Presque Isle counties.

The money will fund community electronics drop-off locations and multiple community collection events. Community events provide affordable and convenient electronics recycling opportunities to residents. In addition, using properly registered recyclers assures the electronics are properly managed through their end-of-life.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says improperly recycled electronics pose environmental hazards associated with the heavy metals contained in certain equipment. Recycling electronics creates jobs, assures personal information and data-containing devices are properly managed, and reduces the need for obtaining precious and rare-earth metals through energy intensive means.