Fairbanks residents have green alternative for disposing of old electronics

Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 4:22 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With the holidays fast approaching, many residents are buying new electronics of all kinds. But instead of throwing old electronics away, there is a more green and community friendly alternative — Green Star of Interior Alaska.

Recycling old electronics not only helps cut down on electronic waste, but also can help the less fortunate through donations to those who can’t afford new technology.

“It’s important for electronic waste purposes. You don’t want to throw it in the trash cans. Batteries and stuff like that got acid in them. And on top of that, as you upgrade to better things, some of those things, your old things, can be used for less fortunate people. Green Star does auction off some of the equipment that they get, the electronics, after they clear all the information off them,” said Olanda Thompson, Manager of the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Central Recycling Facility.

Green Star of Interior Alaska is a non-profit organization that works to reduce waste and increase recycling in the golden heart of the state. Green Star will also repair and refurbish electronics.

“A lot of times the tech, even if we think it’s broken, it’s not. There might be something in there still working and we drop it off here in Fairbanks. When you recycle that, when you recycle your electronics, that’s one of the first things that going to be determined — whether this can be reused by the public. You will be surprised by often we decided it can be reused and it ends up going to a family, ends up going to supporting somebody, and so that is a lot of the direct communal benefits -- and we’re able to do that for most electronics,” said Orren Wilkinson, resell coordinator for Green Star of Interior Alaska.

The list of electronics accepted by the FNSB Central Recycling Facility includes TVs, printers, computers, batteries, small kitchen appliances, and other similar electronics.

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