Village of Orland Park to Host June 24th Electronics Recycling Event

Village of Orland Park to Host June 24th Electronics Recycling Event
Posted on 06/02/2017

The Village of Orland Park will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Facility, 15655 S. Ravinia Avenue.

The event is only open to Village of Orland Park residents, and village stickers and driver's licenses will be checked for proof of address. The event is sponsored by the village in cooperation with the Keeling Family Foundation Vet-Tech.US.

"The village is happy to offer a much-needed electronics recycling event," said Mayor Keith Pekau. "This is a great way to be responsible with unwanted electronics and to help a regional organization that does so much for veterans."

Residents must enter at 159th Street and Ravinia Avenue and travel north on Ravinia Avenue to drop off at the Public Works building at 15655 Ravinia Avenue. Donors will not have to get out of their vehicles. Other motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid Ravinia Avenue from 151st to 159th Streets during the collection.

"All proceeds from the TV and computer screen donations go directly to aiding veterans receiving free IT training and certifications from Vet-Tech US," said Trustee Michael Carroll, chair of the village's Public Works Committee. Carroll, who has been involved with the planning of the event added, "They will also refurbish any electronics and pass them on to those in need within the community. It's a great program all-around."

Accepted items include "anything that plugs in" with the exception of large appliances. There is no charge for the following electronics: kitchen appliances, electronic household items, scrap metal, stereos, sump pumps, lamps, George Foreman grills, fans, fixtures, CDs and DVDs, batteries, cell phones and accessories, computers, software and parts, and power tools.

"We pulled together a team made up of multiple village departments to make sure this event moves smoothly, much like a drive-thru," said Director of Public Works John Ingram. "Have patience if the lines get long --- our goal is to move people through as quickly as possible. Historically, these are very well attended."

Residents donating televisions and computer monitors pay $25 for screens less than 40 inches in diameter, and $45 for screens larger than 40 inches in diameter. Large appliances will not be accepted (washing machines, etc.).

Pre-paying online to recycle televisions and computer monitors is strongly encouraged to keep traffic moving. Donors can visit to pre-pay and print the emailed receipt as proof on June 24. Residents will also receive a voucher good toward purchasing electronics from Vet-Tech.

"We strongly encourage anyone donating a television or computer monitor to use the pre-pay option," said Assistant Director of Public Works Napoleon Haney. "Print the receipt and bring it with you and that will help traffic move quickly."

Payment can also be made with cash or by check the day of the event. Checks should be made payable to Vet-Tech.US.

"The computers we collect get put into our veteran training center, and we show the vets how to rebuild computers," said Marvin T. Keeling, chairman and founder of the Keeling Family Foundation. "When the computers are done, we load them up with software and then give them away to organizations or individuals in need."

In 2012, it became illegal to throw cell phones, keyboard, computers, printers and other electronic into the trash.

Vet-Tech.US is based in Lansing, IL and run by the Keeling Family Foundation. The nonprofit is dedicated to training and preparing veterans for IT careers, while simultaneously collecting and recycling/re-purposing e-waste.

The organization helps veterans in receiving free civilian IT certifications, provides employment for veteran graduates of the Vet-Tech.US program, recycles and re-uses e-waste that would normally be deposited into a landfill, and donates rebuilt/refurbished computer equipment to charitable organizations.

Vet-Tech.US funds veterans' civilian IT certifications, enabling them to work in the IT industry and to support themselves and their families. The Keeling Family Foundation was established in 1986 by Marvin T. Keeling to provide a permanent avenue for charitable giving.

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