SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — When is the last time you’ve seen a TV with a color dial? Or a cellphone without a camera? That’s what Matthew Pronovost gets to see every day, he owns Gold Circuit E-Cycling.
At the Eastfield Mall’s Fall E-Cycle Event, Pronovost is making sure folks are properly disposing their old electronics. “The reason why you would want to recycle those products is really 2 parts. One, is to keep the mercury, lead, cadmium out of the atmosphere, out of the soil, out of the air; and at the same time you want to reclaim the precious metals. There is gold, platinum, silver, copper in a lot of this material,” said Pronovost.
Prices range from $20 to drop off a T.V., down to $5 for a computer.
Some of the money goes to cover the cost of disposing items made with toxic materials, while another portion will benefit some of the Eastfield Mall’s community programs.
Pronovost says because of the effects the hazardous materials could have on the environment, the cost to recycle now could pay off in the long run. “It ensures that your glass gets properly recycled. At the same time it keeps it out of the landfills.”
Folks at the mall agree. “If they’re going to do it properly, then it’s worth the cost so I know it’s not just going to sit somewhere,” said Sheila Byrne. “It’s very important for the environment. It’s for a good cause, so I don’t mind. I don’t mind at all,” Rafael Alvarado chimed.
They’ve collected about 12,000 pounds of equipment.