Non-profit Omaha-metro and recycling center team up for electronic filing
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A constant stream of cars drove through the parking lot at Dingman’s Collison Center near 144th and Industrial Road on Saturday morning.
Content, unused electronics, laptops, computers, cell phones, tablets and more have been donated to Nebraska Recycles and Open Door Mission. Almost 10,000 pounds of old equipment that will not end up in local landfills was collected in four hours.
“We take everything apart, break it down, and then companies use all the components to build new ones. Metal is recycled, wires are recycled, plastic is recycled. Even our cardboard is reused, we shred it into packaging material, ”said Jack Doerr.
In addition to dropping off old electronics, many cash donations were made to the Open Door mission.
Terry Randall was one of those donors. He says the Open Door Mission helped him many years ago and he hasn’t forgotten how it changed his life.
“Tell me somehow that maybe this is how you can end up and you have to change.” And I have changed. And I thank Open Door Mission for this God too who has changed my heart because we cannot change it on our own.
“Obviously that’s very important because you serve two purposes right here. You keep things where they don’t belong and give back, ”said Stan Meier.
“The Lord has given me a lot and giving something back to other human beings or to society is my duty and my responsibility,” said Subhash Bhatia.
Jack Doerr is with Nebraska Recycles. He says hard drives are destroyed in these devices.
“Everyone hears about all the data, the security stuff going on, it’s just not a good thing to throw it in the landfill. Who knows who digs in the trash and stuff, you see guys digging through the trash and picking up metal and stuff like that so they just don’t want to leave anything with personal family stuff on it.
This dual purpose event not only cleared unused clutter from donor homes, but it also kept valuable information from protecting itself and hazardous materials from reaching landfills.
The event also raised approximately $ 2,000 for the Doors Open mission.
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