GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – This company takes your obsolete electronics.
“It’s just an easy way to get rid of all the junk they might have accumulated. Everybody has something they have in a closet or they’ve thrown in a drawer they need to get rid of,” said Amanda Thatcher, co-owner and manager of Green Geek.
But not for profit, for safety.
“There’s now a law in Indiana that says you can’t throw any electronics in the landfill. They have hazardous materials, lead, mercury,” said Thatcher.
E-waste equals more than 70 percent of the toxic waste in our landfills and only about 12.5 percent of e-waste is currently recycled.
“We’ll disassemble it in a responsible manner and make sure it stays out of the landfills and out of our water supply,” said Thatcher.
But Green Geek doesn’t just recycle your old, unwanted electronics. They attempt to re-use all materials.
Often, items are better utilized this way rather than just completely disposing of them.
“After we break it down, it goes to various refineries and they will further break it down and grind it up and it gets made into new, electronic components,” said Thatcher.
And of course, Green Geek employees are also trying to make a better, cleaner, safer world for future generations. The money they do get from people dropping off the large televisions goes to a Linton animal rescue.
The next e-recycling event will be in Terre Haute!
Check it out on May 10 at Maryland Community Church.