Chamber hosting E-cycling event

Published 3:31 pm Friday, April 20, 2012

Technology is ever changing, and with new technology, old devices are bound to be thrown out.

With the dangers of putting technology in landfills, the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce has found a way for technology to be recycled safely.

Ecovery, LLC will be coming to Greenville on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive will be held in the Alabama Power parking lot.

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According to its Web site, Ecovery provides recovery solutions for the valuable and reusable materials such as copper, aluminum, gold, silver, platinum from automotive and electronic waste-materials.

“When you’re walking down the road and seeing different electronic items on the side of the road or left somewhere, it’s makes things look bad,” said Francine Wasden, executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a good way for people to get rid all of these electronic materials that they aren’t able to take to the junk yard.”

Volunteers will be taking items like keyboards, microwaves, modems, monitors and phones and loading them into an 18-wheeler. There will be a drive through as well for people to just drop off items without even leaving the car. Items that will not be accepted include items like refrigerators, freezers and washers.

“The E-cycling Day in Greenville is an opportunity for us to partner with the City of Greenville and Chamber of Commerce to reduce the amount of electronic waste going into landfills,” said Mike Jordan, external affairs manager for Alabama Power. “Alabama Power was approached by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago; we are happy to provide the parking lot at the Alabama Power’s Greenville business office for the day’s collection efforts.”

Wasden asked that the community not deliver items before or after that allotted time to keep the parking lot clean.

Bruce Branum, chairman of Conecuh Sepulga Clean Water Partnership and superintendent of Greenville Water Works, will be helping with the recycling.

“Our mission is to help protect state waters from pollution and we’re non profit and what we do is try coordinate events to put partners in touch with other partners to resolve problems and issues,” Branum said. “The more we can do to recycle those products which don’t degrade and might harm the environment, the more we can recycle those and reuse them, then the better off our environment is.”

For more information about what can and cannot be accepted, visit or contact Wasden at (334) 382-3251.