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Christmas means a spike in electronics recycling


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- With Christmas gift opening just around the corner, this is the calm before the storm for certain recycling operations. Mike Husnick is with the Good News Project’s e-cycling program. He says many of the new gadgets are replacing older ones that you cannot throw in the trash. “People will be getting their new gifts this year of TV’s, stereos, computers, and of course they need somewhere to go with their old electronics, because with the new laws, they cannot throw them away, so they are looking for a place to recycle them and that’s why we’re seeing all of the business this time of year.”

The Good News Project is a way to get rid of those old electronics for thirty cents a pound. Husnick says they can take most any electronics. “Anything having to do with a computer such as mice, keyboards, printers, scanners. We also accept fax machines, copiers, any size television, microwaves, phones, cell phones, printer cartridges, ink cartridges. As far as the electronics go, we really like to say our rule of thumb is we accept just about anything with a cord outside of large appliances.”

The recycled electronics raise money to support their missions. One of them is in the West Indies, and another helps people locally. “Our main mission is we serve the poor people of the West Indies, so we travel to a few islands there. We send teams there, typically in January and February, and what we do is build homes there for the poor there. I believe we’ve built over 350 homes there to date.”

Closer to home, Husnick says they help people get medical equipment. “We have something called the Health Closet, which is our health equipment loan program. What we do is, we loan out health equipment such as crutches, walkers, and hospital beds to those in need who can’t afford to go out and buy this equipment.”

The Good News Project accepts electronics from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Friday at their 1106 5th Street Wausau location.

(Our interview with Mike Husnick can be heard on our website, here.)