ReStore operation decides to pick up old electronicsThe manufacturing company New Richmond Industries is partnering with the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore to take over electronics recycling for the area.
By: By Anna Holmquist, New Richmond News
The manufacturing company New Richmond Industries is partnering with the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore to take over electronics recycling for the area.
Previously, the county was in charge of conducting electronic recycling days, but leaders approached Habitat for Humanity and asked if they wanted to take it over.
The county used to hold collection events, which drew huge crowds and a lot of traffic.
Tim Kelley, who works with New Richmond Industries, remembers that one day last year the county received more than 110,000 pounds of electronics. That is a lot to deal with at one time, he said.
“So basically we hope it’ll be a lot more convenient for residents,” Kelley said about Habitat’s plan.
A company called NPC will pick up the recycled items from the ReStore. About 96 percent of the electronics collected at the ReStore will be recycled back into working condition, Kelley said. The rest will be legally disposed of.
The ReStore will collect electronic recyclables during their regular business hours, which are Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kelley says the ReStore hopes to add another day to their schedule in the future.
The county will still hold a collection day in September at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, but they hope that will be their last event.
Recycling fees will be the same or less than previous county fees. Printers will cost $3-$5 to recycle. Microwaves are $15. Complete computers/monitors will be $15. Wooden TVs and projection TVs will cost about $25 to recycle.
Contact the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 715-246-4441 for more information on prices and items that can be recycled.