Recycle old electronics before heading back to school to benefit people with disabilities

Free electronic collection drive being held Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee

As students head back to school this fall, AT&T Wisconsin is teaming up with IndependenceFirst and River Run Computers to encourage consumers and businesses to recycle their old electronic devices through the “Stuff the Truck for Independence Drive.”

The free electronic collection drive will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pettit National Ice Center located at 500 South 84th Street in Milwaukee (rain or shine). Computer donations will benefit IndependenceFirst, a nonprofit agency directed by and for the benefit of people with disabilities that primarily serves the four-county metropolitan Milwaukee area.

“All of us have old electronics lying around our house or office that we no longer use,” said Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “This event is a great chance to not only recycle old gadgets and donate old computer equipment as students head back to school, but it will also help a terrific organization that provides opportunities to people with disabilities.”

The following electronics with a plug or battery will be accepted: computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, appliances and TVs, as well as computer accessories like mice and keyboards. Recycling is being provided by DP Electronics Recycling. The data destruction process for all donated laptops and computers will follow all U.S. Department of Defense standards.

AT&T Wisconsin is encouraging all of its employees in Waukesha, Pewaukee, Brookfield and the greater Milwaukee area to donate their old electronics during the collection drives being held at its corporate offices on Thursday and Friday.

Recycling old computer equipment to benefit IndependenceFirst will provide opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain a computer they otherwise could not afford, develop crucial job pre-skills, gain information, seek jobs or housing, and get peer support.

Those who have a large amount of computer equipment to recycle (10 workstations or more) can arrange for a pick up. If you have questions regarding the event or about recycling services, please email recycle@riverrun. com<mailto:recycle@ river-run.com> or call 414- 228-7474.

The E-Cycle Wisconsin program requires state residents to recycle their electronic waste. More information about the products covered under Wisconsin’s e-waste law and a list of other collection sites is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ecycle/wisconsin.html.