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Red Wing electronic recycling center is hiring the disabled to help the environment

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RED WING, Minn. (KTTC)-- A new electronic recycling center in Red Wing is hiring people with disabilities to help the environment.

ProAct, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities find employment is now creating green jobs with ProAct E-Recycling Services.     

The center is part of the national recycling network Cyclepoint, and recycles almost all electronic items for free. ProAct E-recycling Services is also partnering with Red Wing by recycling e-waste items from the city's solid waste campus.

General Manager Tim Hovey said the center hopes to keep electronics out of dumpsters and landfills, where they can harm the community.  

"What we're trying to do is increase the amount that's recycled. Right now nationwide is 25% of all product, all electronic product, is recycled. That means 75 % of it isn't, sitting in someone's garage, sitting in a ditch, sitting somewhere it probably shouldn't, a landfill. Our goal is to grow that number every year," Hovey said.

ProAct E-Recycling Services accepts donations Monday through Friday, and although most items will be recycled for free, some larger items do require a fee.  
 

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