Rebate Recycle Program in Wilkin County sees little responseWilkin County (WDAY TV) -- A rebate program that started in April in Wilkin county has had little to no response. Residents can get a ten dollar rebate for up to five electronic items they recycle.
Wilkin County (WDAY TV) -- A rebate program that started in April in Wilkin county has had little to no response. Residents can get a ten dollar rebate for up to five electronic items they recycle.
But many are still dumping the electronics rather than taking advantage of the rebate.
Wilkin County Environmental Officer Bruce Poppel noticed more and more electronics being dumped at the appliance disposal facility in Breckenridge, and since the county only has the capability to recycle household appliances like stoves and refrigerators, this program was started.
Bruce Poppel: "Cost to us to recycle those big appliances is less then the TV's."
A total of 5 thousand dollars is set aside for the program and only about 500 has been used so far.
Bruce: "The whole idea is to try to bring our cost down."
Poppel says one of the most frustrating things is that people are still dumping their electronics where they shouldn't be, even after he posted a sign last fall.
People can take electronics to the Waste Management Transfer Station in Wahpeton. It costs around 26 dollars to recycle, but some businesses like Best Buy take electronics for free.
Bruce: "Some people have taken two TV's or two items over there, they charge them 20 dollars, doesn't cost them anything then, we give them a check back for 20 dollars, there has been a few, some people who have taken five items like to Best Buy in Fargo, they get a check for 50 dollars from us."
Craig Barth with waste management says people illegally dumping may not only be costing the county money, they could be endangering the environment.
Craig Barth: "It keeps the Freon out of the environment, there's gold in all of the electronics, that's a precious metal."
Poppel says they are considering putting surveillance cameras at the dump site, but hopes people will choose to recycle rather than risk a fine for illegally dumping.
Wilkin county residents who do recycle electronics only need to take the receipt to the Environmental Office for the rebate.