OSWEGO, NY — Think your old gadgets and electronics are useless? Recycling them not only helps the environment but can provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Oswego Industries has recently partnered with CyclePoint to help create new job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities right here in Oswego County.
CyclePoint is part of SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit and leading source of job opportunities for people with significant disabilities.
“Through jobs like these, not only are we helping the environment but we make the American Dream more accessible to a segment of the population where nearly 80% are looking for job opportunities,” said John Hovey, director of business development at Oswego Industries, Inc.
As of this year, residents and businesses in Oswego County can no longer place electronic equipment such as TVs and DVD players in the trash for disposal. Recycling your electronics keeps dangerous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium from being released into the environment.
Oswego Industries will now be collecting unwanted electronics from companies and households in and around Oswego County.
All of the de-manufacturing will take place at their 88,000 square foot facility located at 7 Morrill Place, Fulton.
They will be holding several collection events this year. The first one will be April 11.
Jeffrey Grimshaw, director of the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego said, “Oswego Industries’ recycling initiative is a great opportunity for Oswego County from two perspectives, first, it provides an easily accessible pathway for businesses, groups and individuals to responsibly recycle their electronic devices, and second, it provides real, sustainable work for people with disabilities, one of the most difficult populations to address in the Workforce development System. We applaud them!”
“Every year, households in the U.S. discard more than two million tons of obsolete electronic products such as computers, cell phones and televisions,” said Hovey. “The goal here is to educate communities on proper electronic recycling and prevent valuable materials from being thrown away. We hope you can join us at our first E- recycling event. By coming together as a community we can all help make a difference.”
WHEN: Oswego Industries Inc. first E-recycling event will be April 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: 7 Morrill Place, Fulton.
The following items will be accepted at no charge:
laptops, desktops, cellphones, tablets, circuit boards, speakers, TVs, monitors, servers, printers, CD/DVD players, MP3 players, fax machines, game systems, communications equipment, scanners, cameras, LCDs, keyboards, VCRs, scanners, tape players, typewriters, mouses, answering machines and telephones.
Only one TV and monitor per family, please.
If you have any items that are in question or would like more information about collection events, please call Hovey at (315) 598-3108 ext. 228.
About Oswego Industries, Inc
Oswego Industries, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968. Services include pre-vocational and vocational training, day habilitation services, and Medicaid Service Coordination. Its mission is to be a partner in the development of comprehensive community services designed to improve the quality of life for all people, with the primary emphasis on those with disabilities, by providing the necessary support programs to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. The organization was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. Its sister agency, Arc of Oswego County, provides services to children and seniors with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.