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The Wabash College is sponsoring Crawfordsville Community Computer Recycle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
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The Wabash College is sponsoring Crawfordsville Community Computer Recycle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Looking for a way to dispose of some old computer equipment sitting around the house or the office, but don't know where to take it?

The Wabash College IT Services and the Wabash Environmental Concerns Committees will be sponsoring its first Crawfordsville Community Computer Recycle Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The college will use RecycleForce of Indianapolis to collect and haul the material away.

The idea was that of Brad Weaver, the Director of IT Services at the college.

"We used them last year to haul away about approximately 22,000 pounds of computer equipment from the college," he said. "This will be the first year to open it up to the community."

According to Weaver, Earlham College had a community day and it was a big success, so that got the plans rolling to have one here in Crawfordsville.

"RecycleForce is big about having community days," he said. "We have some more stuff from the college, but probably not enough for them to make a trip over here, so we wanted to open it up. We always have people in the community asking where or how they can get rid of old, out-dated computers. This will give them a chance to do so."

There is no cost to the person dropping the equipment off or to the college. All that is required from RecycleForce is a truck which will transport the equipment to their facility in Indianapolis. Bradley Trucking, of Ladoga, has donated a truck to do that.

RecycleForce and Wabash College will have people on hand to help put the unwanted computers and other equipment into the trucks. The truck will be located Jennison Street parking lot.

In addition to helping the community to rid themselves of unwanted computer equipment, it was a chance to help RecycleForce, which helps those who are needing to get back into the workforce.

RecycleForce has a twofold mission: 1) they aim to keep as much electronic waste as possible out of Indiana's landfills; 2) they employ individuals coming out of prison in a transitional jobs environment.

"Transitional jobs" is a program sponsored by the National League of Cities and in this program ex-offenders are provided with paid employment and social services for a period of six to nine months. They employ these individuals, help them get their driver's licenses, work on their child support, help them with resumes, act as a job reference and help them with job searches and ultimately help them locate full-time work in the private sector. You can find further information about Recycle Force at their Web site: RecycleForce takes the equipment apart and sells it to recycling companies. They do not try to refurbish the equipment.

"It seems like a win-win situation for us and them," Weaver said.

Weaver said he is hoping this will become an annual event, and could possibly be tied into the Wabash Community Days, if the response from the community warrants it.

"We invite the public to take advantage of this program," he said. "It's free and it's right here so you don't have to travel someplace else to dispose of these items."