Firm that gives addicts a second chance recycles technology

Step Industries holds first computer recycling

(APPLETON, WI) The lure and necessity of upgrading technology has a downside-what do you do with the monitors, mouses, keyboards and obsolete hard drives once you're done with them? As of Sept 1, of this year, Wisconsin State Law requires recycling of computers, monitors, printers, and other electronic devices. But computer components are considered environmentally unsafe and cannot be dumped into landfills.
There's an answer for Valley area consumers. On August 20 (7 a.m.-1 p.m.) and 21 (8 am-2 pm) Step Industries will hold a computer recycling drive in the Fox Valley Technical College parking lot. The organization's employees will "demanufacture" the computer components to prepare them for safe disposal.
STEP Industries is provides contract packaging and assembly services specializing in inspection/quality control, parts assembly, customized packaging and labeling. The non-profit organization provides transitional employment to men and women who are recovering from alcoholism or other drug addiction. All employees of the organization must be in an active rehabilitation program to maintain employment.
Leaders at Step Industries say they're removing the roadblocks for recycling computer equipment. "Our organization specializes in creating customized services, so we have the work teams and processes in place to take the equipment apart correctly and prepare it for either recycling or disposal," said Michelle Devine-Giese, president of Step Industries. "STEP was founded to give recovering addicts a second chance; it seems only fitting that we're giving a second life to obsolete computer equipment."
Because of the labor associated with taking the computers apart, businesses and consumers will be charged a nominal fee for recycling some components. Those fees are:
 Mouse, Key Board - FREE
 Monitor- $5.00
 Scanner , Printer, Fax $3.00
Step Industries will not be able to accept televisions, video game systems DVD or VCR's. Organizations may drop off equipment at the Neenah location at 1010 Strohmeyer Dr. Monday- Friday 8-3:30. Pick up service is available for larger quantities and may be arranged by calling 920- 722-2345.
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