Updated: Thursday, 15 Nov 2012, 6:05 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012, 8:04 PM EST
LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - The growing trend of recycling seems like a win for everyone, but one form of reusing that isn't catching on so quickly is one that we all might benefit from utilizing.
Whether it’s a computer you simply don't use any more, or a television from the early 1990s, what do you do with everything you've upgraded?
“Everything that we do here is 100 percent recycle,” Green Geeks owner Jake Thatcher said of his less than a year old company. “We're producing zero landfill refuge from our recycling process.
It's called "E-cycling”, a new term coined for what happens when you drop your TV off to these Green Geeks.
“After we receive the television, it's all processed,” Thatcher explained. “We weigh everything, [and] recycle the TV down to the raw materials. Plastics, metal, glass, and all of that gets recycled here.”
If saving the environment isn't reason enough to e-cycle, there’s more. The piles of televisions, computers, keyboards, and old wiring actually save you money in the end.
“Basically, there are only so many precious metals out there,” Thatcher added.
“There's only so much copper and the other metals in electronics out their. If the manufacturer can buy those at a lesser price, from a [recycling location], the less they'll have to charge for new devices.
Not only does the company boast an environmentally friendly option, they also provide the service to keep the electronics out of landfills, a growing problem that the state of Indiana has taken a stand on.
“If you're putting it in a landfill, the state of Indiana has laws against that where basically no electronics can be put into a landfill.”
Not only are you at risk for major fines, you're also opening up your personal data to anyone who can find it.
“If someone were to get your information it could be detrimental do you for identity theft.”
Everything recycled by the Green Geeks in Linton is free to the consumer, and all of it is recycled in some way.
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