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The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon and Troy/St. Jacob/Maryville/Marine chambers of commerce, along with the RiverBend Growth Association, joined forces Oct. 12 for a ribbon-cutting at CJD E-Cycling in Edwardsville to announce its new drive-through service.
EDWARDSVILLE | Chambers of commerce ordinarily host ribbon-cuttings to welcome new businesses.
In a rare occurrence, the chambers of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon and Troy/St. Jacob/Maryville/Marine, along with the RiverBend Growth Association, joined forces Oct. 12 to announce a family-owned business’ new services for Madison County residents.
CJD E-Cycling, 5257 N. State Route 157, has been at its location for nearly two years. It operates as a recycling program for electronic equipment that cannot be legally placed in landfills, including computers, appliances and televisions. This week it announced a new service for the community.
“We heard from local residents that they were uncomfortable with going to salvage yards to recycle because of the inconvenience of having to locate the facilities and having to unload their materials,” CJD’s Cate Wolff said. “We are today announcing the addition of our drive-through recycling services.”
Customers can drive through a building, out of the weather, and CJD staff will unload materials from their vehicle. The service is available for any materials accepted by CJD.
The Wolff family — mother Catherine, daughter Cate and sons John and Dan — began operating an electronics recycling facility in Alton in 2012, when state law prohibited dumping hazardous materials in landfills, including televisions, heating and cooling equipment, and computerized systems. Today, the Edwardsville facility has a staff of 15 to 20.
Products received by the company are first assessed for refurbishing. Parts are removed that might be used to refurbish other recycled units and sold at a local discount shop.
Parts or components that cannot be recycled are destroyed in compliance with regulations and sent to licensed facilities for proper disposal. Last month, CJD accepted and processed more than 50,000 pounds of materials for recycling.
Many of the recycling programs are free to the consumer; exceptions include a $5 to $35 fee for televisions and a nominal fee for bulbs, lamps and alkaline batteries. The costs are minimal to cover the cost CJD must pay to safely destroy hazardous materials.
So what can be recycled at CJD E-Cycling? The answer, says Cate, is simple — “anything with a cord and anything metal,” including large and small appliances, electronics and refrigeration units such as air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
Future plans include a purchasing program where consumers can recycle and be compensated for ferrous and non-ferrous materials such as aluminum and copper.
The Edwardsville facility is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Businesses, local governments and schools interested in discussing pickup services throughout Central and Southern Illinois or data destruction programs can call (618) 659-6006 for information.