Electronics recycling company opens in Janesville
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Nonprofit organizations interested in partnering with Green Industries for fundraisers can call (608) 754-8910.
JANESVILLE The president of a new Janesville electronics waste recycling company hopes to double the company’s square footage within a year.
Nathaniel Green, 22, Janesville, president of Green Industries, said his company does not charge to recycle any electronic device or even for some household appliances dropped off at his business.
The list includes computers, scanners, printers, DVDs, televisions, air conditioners and microwave ovens.
The company makes money when the components are recycled.
Green Industries opened earlier this month. It employs four and operates out of 15,000 square feet at 1029 S. Jackson St., Suite 150. Green’s partners are businessmen Frank Perrotto and Jim Grafft.
Customers can drop off recyclables from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We’re not sending them overseas, and we’re not dumping them in the ground,” Green said.
Workers, for instance, dismantle computer towers and send the boards to a company that sends them on to a refinery. There, they are melted and components such as gold, platinum and palladium are retrieved. Steel is another byproduct that brings the company money.
Workers destroy the hard drives and any data stored there.
Green said a company goal is to partner with the community to offer fundraisers.
A nonprofit organization would provide the location and marketing while Green Industries would provide the staff and equipment to stage an electronics collection drive. The organization would receive a portion of the profits.
Green said he’s been interested in the environment since he’s been young because his father was a stickler about recycling.
“So, I ended up getting really used to it,” Green said.
Later, he read that 14 million pounds of electronics and their hazardous components end up in landfills every year.
“I know the downstream of all the companies I’m sending this stuff to,” Green said.
“Everything can be reused in some way.”