Recycling e-waste in Worthington helps a good cause

For the past several years, Worthington Libraries has partnered with RenTek to hold an electronics recycling event in the fall.

At the end of the four-hour period, an average of 4,600 pounds of e-waste – old or unwanted desktop PCs and laptops, tablets, phones, etc. – has been collected.

RenTek is a licensed and bonded quality electronics recycler with a purpose: It uses the discarded technology for job-force-development training for individuals with differing abilities and barriers to employment, and the amount of e-waste dropped off means more hours of job skills training is possible. The 4,780 pounds of e-waste gathered at the library’s 2019 event translated into 119 hours of training.

In 2020, the Worthington Libraries/RenTek partnership as the annual event prevented 9,627 pounds of e-waste from going to landfills and contributed to 240 hours of job-skills training. 


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