Free Electronic Collection Drive Being Held Saturday, August 23

MILWAUKEE, Friday, August 22, 2014 – As students head back to school this fall, AT&T Wisconsin and oxyGEN, the Employee Resource Group representing Future Leaders of AT&T, are 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 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pettit National Ice Center located at 500 S. 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 around our house or office that we no longer use,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “This event is a great chance to recycle old gadgets and donate old computer equipment as students head back to school. It’s also a terrific way to support an organization that provides opportunities to people with disabilities.”

Any electronics with a plug or battery in working or non-working order will be accepted, including computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, appliances and TVs, as well as computer accessories like mice and keyboards. Recycling is being provided by Digital Recyclers. The data destruction process for all donated laptops and computers will follow strict identity theft prevention standards set by the U.S. Department of Defense. A $10 fee for recycling of certain TVs is requested, but the other items are free to donate.

AT&T Wisconsin is also encouraging all of its employees in Waukesha, Pewaukee, Brookfield and the greater Milwaukee area to donate their old electronics on August 23.

Those who are unable to attend the event can always recycle their old computers from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the River Run Headquarters, 2320 W. Camden Road, in Glendale.

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.

Individuals with 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<> 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

For more information, contact:
Jessica Erickson, AT&T Wisconsin
608-282-7870 (office)
608-692-5340 (cell)