MANSFIELD -- If you wish to support the environment and adults with disabilities, there's an opportunity to do so through a project run by Richland Newhope Industries (RNI Inc.).
The eRecycling program at RNI Inc. allows community members to recycle a number of electronics easily and affordably. It also creates an opportunity for adults with disabilities to earn money and learn job skills.
"Our goal is for them to eventually to get jobs in the community if they're able. That way they don't feel like they're stuck in a room," said Shannon Ruhl, who coordinates the program.
The program typically employees between 10 and 12 individuals, who disassemble items that cannot be refurbished and sort their components by material. Most of the collected plastics, metals and cardboard are then taken to Milliron Recycling.
The program site is the only facility in Richland County certified by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) and the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS).
RNI Inc. recycles numerous items for free, including computers and laptops, docking stations, keyboards, mice, power supplies, industrial electronics, network equipment and smart phones.
The program charges a small fee for items that have to be recycled through a third party. This includes printers, copiers, fax machines, LCD monitors, LCD televisions and batteries.
"I didn't know a lot of this stuff could be recycled until I started working here," Ruhl said.
Customers can take advantage of a 10-percent discount on items with fees April 19 thru April 23 in honor of Earth Week. Items for recycling can be dropped off at 971 Longview Ave. in Mansfield from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
RNI Inc. does not accept any devices containing mercury, microwaves or any radiation emitting device, smoke detectors, light bulbs, thermostats, fire extinguishers or large household appliances.
For more information, call 419-774-4437 or email email@example.com.