E-cycling day for old electronics

By WEEK Producer

November 9, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Hundreds of Peoria area residents got rid of their old electronics today and the whole operation was centered around one electronic that is very hard to get rid of.

Saturday morning was move-out day for old, outdated electronics.

"It's really a great opportunity for people to do some fall cleaning take some of those old electronics they've had in their house and come here and really help the environment, cause that's what your doing," said State Senator Darin Lahood.

State Senator Darin Lahood teamed up with the Peoria Disposal company to offer the day of e-cycling at the Kuusakoski recycling center in Peoria.

"All of these products here today will be brought into this processing plant to be recycled so they won't end up in a landfill. We take the mercury and some of the other products out of their and recycle the glass and some of the steel that goes around the tvs," LaHood said.

"We actually dismantle and recycle everything, everything is reused," said Director of US operations at Kuusakoski Recycling Center, Brandon Wolf.

And among the towers of old computers, keyboards, printers and microwaves is the electronic that started it all.

"Obviously the tv's, and that's why we built this facility because there is a problem in the United States with old CRTVs and that's why were here in Peoria to provide a solution," Wolf said.

People of Peoria were clearly grateful for the one stop electronic drop as they pulled up with cars completely filled with outdated electronics.

"We've had a tremendous response from people we've been nonstop since 8:30," LaHood said.

"As you can see by the stacks of tvs and computers... I think this was needed," said Wolf.

If you missed the e-cycling event you will have another opportunity soon.

Beginning in January, Kuusakoski Recycling Center will be having daily electronic drop offs.