Genesis Development in Storm Lake is offering a new work activity service to the community - recycling of computers.
For years, outdated computers have been considered unrecyclable, but working with Infodog Security in Spencer, Genesis has been able to find a market for virtually all components, making the program feasible.
Starting now, local residents may bring in unwanted desktop, laptop and tower computers and keyboards for free disposal, business days from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
If they wish to have their hard drives certified completely destroyed to protect sensitive information, there will be a $15 charge.
The program also provides employment opportunity for the disabled clients of Genesis. Currently it takes the workers 30-40 minutes to completely disassemble each computer and route components into nine different recycling streams - including copper, wiring, fans, mother boards, aluminum and plastic.
"It goes with our mission of creating opportunities for the disabled and providing services our community needs," said Sandy Pingle of Genesis. "If we can keep computers from filling up landfills and help to further the recycling cause, that makes us feel good too."
Although a new state policy could put local work activity jobs in jeopardy (see related story, page 1A), Genesis will proceed with the new program.