The New E-waste Landscape
Vic Whipple, the ReStore's director, says it's now filling a trailer every two to three weeks. At that point, "we call them, and they bring a new supply trailer out. They used to take the trailer to Illinois, but in April they opened a facility in Canton where everything goes now. Our take from each truckload fluctuates from $275 to $300. It's not a ton of revenue for us, but it generates customers and diverts electronics from landfills."
Vintage Tech also picks up e-waste from other Washtenaw County organizations and cities, notably Recycle Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Eastern Michigan University, and the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. And ReStore isn't the only one receiving income from donors' dated computers and other electronics.
"It's fair to say we work out some revenue return to schools and nonprofit organizations," says Steve Chalker, the general manager of Vintage Tech's Canton facility. "The details are contractual. The amount we pay depends on the volume, type of material, and distance [for pickup]."