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eRecycling drive held in Red Wing to help environment, community

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We live in a world where new technology is being produced very quickly. So fast, that a lot of our old electronics pile up in our homes and become useless junk. Luckily, there's a way to make your own life easier and help the environment, by eRecycling.

ProAct eRecycling Services held a drive on Friday in Red Wing to help out the community there.

"You never know if someone is going to want to resell it, maybe bring something down that's still useable. And others, it's just to get it out of their houses to take it someplace where they can get it recycled and then that way, it's out of their worries and it goes to a good place," said ProAct team member Adam Dolezal.

ProAct accepts used electronics like TVs and computers and starts the process of dismantling them into component parts. After the team members at ProAct dismantle the electronics down to component parts, they send them to their next partner who further break the parts down. If you've got secure data on a hard drive, never fear, it won't go anywhere. ProAct shreds all of the hard drives they receive.

"We want you to bring it to us and we want you to recycle it. It's for the environment, right now, only nationwide 25 percent of every electronic that is used and no longer works gets recycled so we want it to end up somewhere right. So for the environment, we want it to be here," said Tim Hovey, ProAct's general manager. 

In addition to helping the environment, eRecycling helps the community of Red Wing by providing green jobs to those who may not be able to get them.

"We serve adults with disabilities and this is employing 11 part time jobs and 3 full time jobs. So we are looking to grow that base. And the other part is our own neighborhood, keeping Red Wing and the surrounding areas clean," said Hovey.

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