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Businesses urged to ‘bring out your dead’

The Business Alliance for a Sustainable Evanston (BASE) has electronic waste recycling pickup campaign for businesses timed to coincide with Halloween.

The campaign encourages business owners to "bring out your dead" electronic gear to be picked up from their business locations for $10 an item.

The Business Alliance for a Sustainable Evanston (BASE) has electronic waste recycling pickup campaign for businesses timed to coincide with Halloween.

The campaign encourages business owners to "bring out your dead" electronic gear to be picked up from their business locations for $10 an item.

The campaign aims to provide a cheap, easy and responsible solution for Evanston businesses to dispose of their old electronics.

The Environmental Protection agency estimates that more than 200 million old computers and televisions are sitting in storage rather than being properly disposed of. And currently less than 14 percent of electronic waste is properly recycled.

Illinois has adopted legislation requiring manufacturers to take back and recycle residential electronic waste, but businesses have limited options.

“There are lots of resources available for residents looking to recycle e-waste responsibly, but nothing for the business community. In an effort to provide an environmentally responsible solution for businesses, BASE developed this program,” says Paige Finnegan, who develops member programming for BASE.

Finnegan says, “It’s a win-win: businesses regain valuable space and their e-waste is kept from a landfill.”

Electronic waste that’s picked up will either refurbished for use in area schools, or recycled by an ISO 14001 material recovery facility. Hard drive data destruction reports are also available. Additionally, small items such as cell phones, modems and routers will be collected at no charge.

Sign up online for e-waste pickup at www.baseevanston.org/ewaste. For more information, email [email protected] or call (312) 496-6811.

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