Goodwill opened a new electronic-waste recycling and refurbishing center in Redwood City this month. The previous space in San Carlos was only 5,000 square feet while the new warehouse is double that size. The program is called ReCompute, and since 2005, it has diverted more than 6 million pounds of e-waste from landfills, while providing funding for computer training programs that give disadvantaged and low-income people a doorway to skilled professions.
According to Max Jackson, the facility manager, "We ship out easily 200,000 pounds per month of e-waste for recycling," Jackson said. "What a testament of the junk that we have."
The program is funded in part through a partnership with Dell and by SB 20, a state law which went in effect in 2003.
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