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Don’t miss our summer electronics recycling events

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Don’t miss our summer electronics recycling events

Rather than trashing your old electronics, have them recycled.

Bring us your obsolete, broken and unwanted consumer electronic products, and we’ll take it from there. Nothing you drop off at our special eRecycling events this summer will end up in a landfill!

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the environment, we are once again partnering with

Midwest Recycling Center to hold a pair of electronics recycling events at two of our branches – on Saturday, July 21, at our Arnold branch (3780 Vogel Road) and on Saturday, August 11, at our Webster Groves branch (8651 Watson Road). Both events will be held during the morning, from 9 until noon.
eRecycling events illustration Arsenal Credit Union

What happens to the items I bring in to the eRecycling events?

All items dropped off will either be demanufactured or found a new home by MRC so they can be reused. Reuse is the most environmentally friendly form of recycling, so MRC tries to reuse items in the form of parts or as a working unit (as long as the client does not require the item be destroyed).

Once all recycled material is broken down to a component level, such as steel, aluminum, plastic, lead, etc., it is shipped to an EPA- and R2/RIOS-approved facility to be shredded and separated further. The raw material is then melted or smelted and recycled back into a new product.

Without efforts like this, solid e-waste needlessly ends up in landfills, polluting the air and water with toxic materials. Sadly, about 40 percent of heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.) in landfills comes from electronic equipment discards, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition (ETBC).

What can I bring to the eRecycling events and how much does it cost to recycle?

E-waste includes but is not limited to: computer monitors, hard drives, printers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, MP3 players, stereo amplifiers, record players, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, grass trimmers, vacuum cleaners – basically anything that has an electric cord or runs on batteries.
All items will be recycled free of charge with the exception of TVs (all types) and freon-containing items, such as refrigerators, freezers, AC units and dehumidifiers. The fees charged by MRC vary and cover environmental management regulations they must follow.
  • CRT monitors: $5.00 each
  • CRT TVs 26 inches or less: $30.00 each
  • CRT TVs 27 inches or greater, as well as wood console and true big-screen projection TVs: $50.00 each
  • LED/LCD/Plasma TVs: $20.00 each
  • Any Freon-containing unit: $10.00 each

Cash or checks are the only form of payment MRC accepts when dropping off such items. The cost for mobilizing these events and helping to staff them is paid for by the credit union.

Please note the following items are not accepted by MRC at these events:

  • VHS tapes, CDs/DVDs, cassette tapes, floppy disks
  • Smoke detectors
  • Thermostats
  • Light bulbs
  • Alkaline batteries

If you have any old cell phones, you can bring them to these events or drop them off at any time of the year at two of our branches where we have special bins set up for such: Arnold and Florissant.

eRecycling Arsenal Credit Union
Drop off your old cell phones in these

What are MRC’s eRecycling credentials?

MRC’s R2 Electronics Recycling Certification and Level 4 State Registration means you are protected at the highest level. The company fully complies with the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Toxic Substance Control Act, Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. MRC also maintains necessary permits, licenses and pollution insurance as required by state and federal regulations.

Data on all hard drives and data storage devices are sanitized, purged or destroyed. MRC’s data destruction processes are reviewed and validated by an independent party periodically.

To learn more about recycling in general, check out this article that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in April 2017. Another good source: Recycle it Right: Guide to Recycling Your Electronics. These eRecycling events are a part of our ongoing community involvement efforts.

Check out some scenes from our previous eRecycling events

eRecycling events at Arsenal Credit Union

eRecycling events at Arsenal Credit Union

eRecycling events at Arsenal Credit Union

eRecycling events at Arsenal Credit Union