Pella is taking part in annual eCycling events as a way to help divert old electronics from landfills. Properly recycling old computers and other electronics not only keeps them out of landfills, but it may also help prevent the risk of identity theft taken from old computer files.

“Several years ago, I noticed an increase in the number of people who set their old personal electronics out on the curb with their garbage,” says Rhonda Davis, information technology (IT) – asset management technician at Pella Windows and Doors. “It’s like setting your checkbook on the curb for someone to pick up. That’s one of the reasons why Pella started a community event to provide a way for people to safely recycle old electronics.”

Pella’s IT and Environmental/Sustainability teams, in partnership with the City of Pella Public Works, Vermeer Corp., Precision Pulley and Idler, Van Gorp Corp., KAL Services, Mahaska Communication Group, Rosenmann’s Inc. and Midwest Electronic Recovery, will offer the annual Earth Day electronic recycling (eCycling) event the morning of April 21 for residents of Marion County.

Acceptable electronic items include computer monitors, personal computers, televisions, printers, video gaming systems, VCRs, stereos, cell phones, keyboards and laptops. Items such as microwaves, toaster ovens or dehumidifiers are not accepted.

In 2011, more than 630 homes participated in eCycling events — dropping off nearly 2,400 items to be recycled. Televisions were the most popular items, followed by personal computers and computer monitors. Since the first eCycling event in 2005 in Pella, Iowa, the company has helped divert more than 310,296 pounds (or 155.2 tons) of electronics from local landfills.

Pella team members also volunteer on eCycling day to ensure events run smoothly.

Pella Corporation team members in Macomb, Ill., and Shenandoah, Iowa, will hold their Earth Day eCycling events on April 28, 2012. Pella Corporation’s Sioux Center, Iowa, location and MCG’s Mahaska County location will hold their Earth Day events on April 21.

Funding for eCycling events is provided by partner organizations. Although there is no charge for eCycling services, donations are accepted to support local charities and schools to help promote environmental stewardship. In 2011, over $2,000 was raised at the Pella, Iowa, event to help fund environmental programs at Pella Christian and Pella high schools and Central College.


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