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Published: Tuesday, 8/27/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

E-waste a money-maker for one vendor at Owens

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Barb Bruno of Recycle I.T. USA steps out of a truck used to take away computers and other e-waste to be recycled. Barb Bruno of Recycle I.T. USA steps out of a truck used to take away computers and other e-waste to be recycled.
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Daryl Blausey heard about Owens Community College holding an electronic-waste drive on Tuesday, loaded up his car with several old computer monitors, a printer, and a TV, and came to "get rid of it."

Oregon resident Chris Zasada picks up a television during an e-waste recycle drive. Oregon resident Chris Zasada picks up a television during an e-waste recycle drive.
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"It still works, but don't hold that against me," he joked to Barb Bruno, who accepted the electronics. 

Ms. Bruno, owner of Recycle I.T. USA, was in an Owens parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., taking "anything with a cord" except refrigerators and freezing devices. It was the third annual drive for the company.

"At the end of the day, I think we'll have around two tons of e-waste," she said. "We'll break [the hardware] down into components and separate the drives."

Then, Ms. Bruno will sell the material she can salvage from the electronics to another company that will use them. She said her profits are determined by how much the material such as copper or gold is going for and how much weight she can bring of it. 

"I think it is a win-win because people love recycling and it helps me earn a living," Ms. Bruno said. "We are able to create a cash flow out of that need and that is how I make a living."

While her 14-foot box truck was filling up with computer hard drives, keyboards, scanners, printers and other gadgets, there were about 50 television and computer monitors lined up outside of the truck to be picked up by Second Time Around recycling. Ms. Bruno said there isn't enough money in monitors, but this company comes in and takes the televisions and processes them, recycling the glass, cords, plastic and anything else it can get from the monitors. 

One woman recycled a new looking Mac laptop. Ms. Bruno said when they receive good, working electronics they just refurbish them and make some money off of it.

Recycle I.T. USA accepts electronic waste every third Saturday at the Perrysburg Township offices for township residents. The recycling is from 9 a.m. to noon at the township administration offices on Lime City Road. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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