REMC1 supports responsible recycling. Technology creates a large amount of waste, and much of it is toxic.
Cell Phones, Ink Cartridges, Toner Cartridges
REMC1 coordinates a recycling program for the local schools which gives the schools money and technology for used cell phones, ink, and toner cartridges. So far we’ve recycled over 8,000 cartridges, and over 13,000 pounds of cartridges! We participate in the Funding Factory recycling program.
You can drop off used ink cartridges at the REMC1 office or at most local schools. We also partner with local businesses, so if you have a large volume or would like to be a collection center, we can set you up as a business supporter and have prepaid shipping boxes and/or shipping labels delivered to you at no cost.
You can sign up here. We are ID #8730.
Computers, Monitors, Printers, and Other Electronic Peripherals
While school budgets are tight and they can always use more technology, oftentimes donated equipment costs more in setup, maintenance, and support than it is worth. If you have older technology that your school doesn’t want, don’t just throw it away. Goodwill in Michigan (and 5 other states) has partnered with Dell to provide environmentally responsible recycling. They will resell what they can, and then break down and recycle the rest.
Rechargeable batteries can be recycled for free at many locations, including Remy Battery, NAPA Auto, and other locations searchable on this website.
Michigan DEQ has more information about ewaste and recycling, available on the Michigan EGLE website.
Other vendors also offer trade in and recycling programs.