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Walmart, Kreider join forces

Store to urge customers to recycle more at local facility

DIXON – Andy Fenwick sat in the ladies’ department at Walmart, disassembling computers.

The disassembly, which involved unscrewing a computer tower, taking batteries, wiring and the motherboard out, and putting pieces in separate boxes, was just like a typical work day for Fenwick, 30, who works at Kreider’s Secure Recycling Services.

Saturday, though, Fenwick and Bill Tipton, 62, both of Dixon, were demonstrating “demanufacturing” at the store, to raise awareness of the recycling center – and of the two businesses’ new partnership.

Walmart soon will start putting messages on electronics receipts, informing customers that they may recycle electronics at Kreider, said Greg Gates, Kreider’s director of information services.

The store also will be putting stickers on boxes directing customers to go to Kreider for recycling, Gates said.

Don McFarland is director of green development at Kreider Services.

The recycling program employs about 20 people, some with developmental disabilities, helps raise money for Kreider, a nonprofit organization, and keeps 10 tons of toxins a week out of the solid waste stream, McFarland said.

“We need to become an incubator for businesses that employ people with developmental disabilities,” McFarland said.

Jeff Stauter is Kreider’s executive director.

Walmart is the sort of business where people with developmental disabilities might be working and “you probably don’t even notice them,” Stauter said.

“It’s a tough nut to crack ... if jobs is a problem, we’re working on jobs,” he said.

To drop off

Items may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Secure Recycling Services, 629 Palmyra Road, Dixon.

Acceptable items include: electronics, cardboard, plastic, political campaign signs, eyeglasses, prescription pill bottles and rechargeable batteries.

Refrigerators and stoves are not being accepted, but microwaves may be dropped off at a cost of $10.

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