Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) has signed a contract with Creative Recycling Inc., Tampa, Fla., to recycle electronic scrap generated by government agencies and educational institutions in Kentucky.
To handle the electronic scrap, estimated at “millions of pounds” in an EEC news release, Creative plans to establish a collection and distribution center in Louisville, Ky. In the interim, Brian Diesselhorst, senior vice president of Creative Recycling, says the collected electronic scrap will be shipped to the company’s facilities in Raleigh, N.C., or Tampa.
The collection program is part of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Office of Technology “Green IT Program” Initiative.
“We developed this program with our partners to identify and prioritize projects and investments with the greatest potential for energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and cost savings,” says Finance and Administration Secretary Lori Flanery. “The Green IT initiative will address the entire life cycle of the electronic hardware and related components procured and used across state government.”
“This contract gives all agencies of the commonwealth, local governments and schools the ability to properly recycle their surplus electronic devices, protecting both any sensitive information they may contain and our environment,” says Len Peters, secretary of the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. “Properly managed, each generator can receive payment for the majority of their e-scrap. In this time of tight budgets, this is truly a positive step for Kentucky.”
Diesselhorst says Creative Recycling already has been handling obsolete electronics generated by Kentucky government agencies. The new contract will run for two years with the potential for four two-year renewals.
Through the contract, Creative Recycling will reimburse agencies, school districts, universities and local governments by item or per pound for many of the items aggregated for recycling.
State agencies involved in the project are the Division of Waste Management in the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the Finance’s Division of Surplus Properties and Office of Procurement Services, the Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology – K-12 and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.