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Goodwill, Comprenew partner on electronics recycling


MARQUETTE — Goodwill Industries is partnering with Comprenew, a Grand Rapids-based electronic recycling organization, to host an electronic recycling event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Marquette’s Municipal Service Center, at 1100 Wright St.

During this event, community members can drop off unwanted electronics, such as old cell phones, computers and computer accessories, small kitchen appliances, televisions and accessories free of charge. The only things that will not be accepted are large household appliances, such as washers and refrigerators, said Cori Bodeman, director of marketing for Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

“If it’s got a cord, we want it,” Bodeman said. “This event is 100 percent landfill divergent as we are landfill diversion experts.”

Goodwill Industries sells gently used items as one of the original forms of recycling goods and it is adding electronic recycling to its mission.

“This is a natural extension for us and its environmentally friendly,” she added.

Comprenew is an electronics recycler certified by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and nationally. The company has been able to extend its services to the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin through partnerships with Goodwill.

This electronic recycling drop-off event will continue throughout the summer then will become a permanent service at Goodwill, Bodeman said. She adds that recycling will still be free of charge, except for a nominal fee to recycle televisions.

All donated materials will be recycled from Saturday’s event. After the summer drop-off events conclude, Goodwill will begin refurbishing donated computers to sell at a low cost for those who can’t afford to purchase new, Bodeman said.

In addition to Comprenew, this event is also in partnership with Superior Watershed Partnership and DEQ.

Goodwill is looking for volunteers for this event and a full list of accepted goods can be found at

Sophie Hillmeyer can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 254.

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