Springfield Illinois Recycling “Fail” Prompts Public Apology
Recent Springfield Illinois Recycling snarled waiting lines were due to a miscalculation of demand by vendor BLH Computers who the city hired to dispose of people’s electronics said Mark Mohoney Springfield Public Works Director. People who attempted to drop off their old TVs and other electronics July 18 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds ran into long lines or were even turned away in some cases said Mohoney who issued a public apology and vowed to do better the next time the city hosts an electronics recycling collection. “I apologize that people had to sit for hours,” he said last week. “That is unacceptable and we’re going to make sure it never happens again.”
One Springfield resident, Shawna Mayer, complained in a letter to the editor of The State Journal-Register that while arranged with the best intentions, this drop-off program “was poorly executed.”
Meanwhile just a few miles north in Peoria Illinois another collection was taking place and ATR ensured everything went smoothly. Televisions from the ’70s and computers from the ’90s were dropped off and stacked at the ICC North parking lot, 5407 N. University St. reports Tyler Davis of the Peoria Journal Star.
Karen Raithel of the Peoria County Sustainability and Resource Conservation office said the old technology would be stripped by Advanced Technology Recycling and the materials would be either recycled or resold if they cannot be recycled. Nearly 450 vehicles, each with 10 or fewer items, were at the collection. “We are educating our residents that electronics cannot be put or thrown away into our landfills,” Raithel said. “This is a good opportunity to let people dispose of these things in proper fashion and educate them about ATR’s services.
“Advanced Technology Recycling set a new Guinness World Record for “Most Consumer Electronics Recycled in 1 Week” during their Annual OMPC Earth Day Collections earlier this year and didn’t turn away any cars” said Brodie Ehresman National Business Development Manager for ATR. “News feeds have been reporting all year the problems Illinois MRF’s have been faced with by poorly managed collection events”, said Ehresman. “It’s not just Illinois, recycling companies all across the nation are cutting costs and corners” added Ehresman. As commodity prices and material returns continue to dwindle only the most “Tech Savvy” of Recyclers will prevail. Advanced Technology Recycling continues to thrive despite the problems that plague the industry. “All 6 of our locations are hiring” said Ehresman and our corporate headquarters located in Pontiac Illinois is undergoing a major upgrade.