Peter Kopcych, general manager for CRT Recycling, said his 70 employees collect and recycle roughly 200,000 tons of e-waste a year.
The products' manufacturers pay his
company 15 cents per pound to recycle their old televisions and computers.
Of those 15 cents, Kopcych
said CRT pays 6 cents per pound to Big Brothers
From now until Jan. 1, Kopcych
will recycle about 200,000 pounds of manufacturer-funded e-waste.
According to Kopcych
, a special permit from Microsoft
will allow Big Brothers
to license the computers and sell them for roughly $20 to children who cannot otherwise afford the technology.
In the future, Kopcych
thinks that those at Big Brothers
will have a more autonomous collection program, where they will collect the products they can re-use, and let CRT deal with things that must be recycled.
said the initiative to keep cathode ray tubes out of landfills started in the late 1990s; to date, not all states have laws prohibiting such material from their landfills.
Today, many electronics no longer use cathode ray tubes, and Kopcych
said it's important to stay one step ahead of the technology, and subsequent recycling, curve.
For now, Kopcych
said CRT Recycling
will take just about anything except car batteries, wood products and propone tanks.
hopes it will be especially helpful to those who cannot dispose of these things themselves.
"There are definitely people who can't bring their TVs to a drop-off," echoed RIRRC's Kite.
"So I can see where this would be helpful, especially for seniors."
is also excited to be working with Kass and Big Brothers
, and hopes it can help the organization.
"It's kind of a win-win for everybody," he