Free CRT TV Recycling returns in 2018 for MI
ATRs Free CRT TV Recycling program is back by popular demand and more covered devices are being added for 2018. “We broke a lot of records in 2017” said Brodie Ehresman ATR’s National Business Development Manager. “The free program helped Michigan communities to meet or exceed their collection goals in 2017” continues Ehresman. The nationwide company launched the program into the record books on Earth day (April 22) when they collected enough material to break 2 Guinness World Records. ATR also gave away over $1,000 Dollars in Cash and prizes to residents who dropped off items at their 355 Cottage Grove SE location in Grand Rapids Mi through a series of drawings. “We collected over 3 Million pounds in 2017” said Ehresman and “this year could be bigger and better than ever” continues Ehresman.
How does ATR offer FREE CRT TV Recycling when others are charging?
ATR utilizes funding provided by OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) for the MI OEM Take Back Program to cover some of the recycling costs for CRTs (Cathode Ray Tubes) and printers. These devices are collected and sent to carefully vetted and certified downstream partners authorized by the Michigan DEQ to process the toxic devices domestically. “These devices contain significant amounts of Lead and other hazardous materials and should only be sent to an R2 Certified facility” said Ehresman. Using an R2 certified company ensures all proper management protocols are followed and none of the toxic elements are sent to landfills or exported to developing nations who mismanage the toxic e-Waste. ATR specializes in Asset Management Services and their innovative value recovery solutions are utilized by a growing list of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. “Our commercial customers help fund the infrastructure needed to provide this free service to our residents” continues Ehresman. ATR provides an impressive portfolio of services to Healthcare, Financial Institutions, Aerospace/Defense and any customer who seeks sustainable and secure recycling solutions. These transparent and cost-effective programs yield the necessary facilities, logistics, staff and certified partners to repurpose the enormous amount of commodities ATR recovers each year.
What can I do to help?
ATR is working closely with the MDEQ to expand the program throughout the state and they need your help spreading the word to their local municipalities the program is returning for 2018. ATR also needs other covered devices like computers, tablets, cell phones, and flat panels to help fill their quota and keep the program free. “The fee based programs need a little help” said Ehresman. “We’re seeing a significant increase in participation and materials collected when we offer a free option to communities that have been charging a fee for this service” continues Ehresman. “The majority of what we collect is the old CRT TVs that haven’t been manufactured for over a decade” said Ehresman “and we need them all rounded up and processed before the funding expires or is shifted to newer technologies like flat panel devices”. Michiganders appreciate a good deal and if ATR has come up with an innovative way to provide a free option for consumer electronic recycling let’s show our support and participate. Visit ATReCycle.com to chat with them live for more details or contact their Grand Rapids office at 616-452-7779.