e-waste-collection

Managing Waste From Electronics and Appliances Responsibly

The average person in the U.S. generates about 46 pounds of e-waste annually.1

In the fall of 2022, 15 Minneapolis neighborhoods sponsored an electronics recycling event. Over 16 tons (32,000 pounds) of electronics and small appliances (e-waste) were collected! In response to seeing this demand for e-waste recycling, the Tangletown Environmental Committee is hosting a series of events focused on how to reduce e-waste by prolonging the life of our electronics and small appliances, and how to properly recycle these items at the end of their useful life. Our goal is to create awareness and develop skills in our community to adopt conscientious e-waste reduction strategies.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Repowered (860 Vandalia St., St. Paul)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Join us on Saturday, April 20 at Repowered for a tour of their electronics recycling facility. Limited to 20 participants.

Repowered is a leader in electronics recycling, secure data destruction, and quality refurbished tech. This is your chance to get a a behind the scenes look at how electronics such as cell phones and laptops are recycled.


Additional event dates to be announced in 2024

  • E-waste Recycling Event – Summer 2024

PAST EVENTS:

WHAT HAPPENS TO ELECTRONICS, APPLIANCES, AND OTHER TECH WASTE?

On October 26, 2023, e-waste experts discussed the impact of electronics and technology waste, the risks of batteries in our waste stream, and what really happens to electronics when they are recycled.

Panel guests include:

  • Amanda Cotton, Electronics Waste Coordinator, MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Kellie Kish, Recycling Coordinator, City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling
  • Maria Jensen, Recycling Electronics for Climate Action (RECA)

On November 16, 2023, resource sharing experts defined different types of resource sharing and discussed the impact of repairing, borrowing, and gifting items vs. buying new. Learn about toy and tool libraries, Fix-It Clinics, Buy Nothing groups, and more.

Panel guests include:


On January 13, 2024, Tangletown hosted its first Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic. 141 attendees brought 200 small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and other items to the Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tangletown. They received free guided assistance from over 60 volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. 75% of the items were fixed (or are on their way to being fixed), diverting 878 pounds of waste from our trash. Check out the photos below to see what people brought in for repair!

Photo credit: Matthew Tiede


On March 23, we gathered at Fuller Park to enjoy a light lunch from Curry in a Hurry while learning best practices for caring for your personal technology devices.

Experts from local repair company Gophermods presented tips and tricks for extending the life of your cell phone, laptop, and other battery-powered personal technology. Topics included best practices for software updates, data storage, and how to properly charge and clean devices.

About our speakers:

  • Anthony Berens is proud to be managing the Gophermods store in Minneapolis. He has a passion for learning how things work and helping people keep their devices going. He previously worked in the food industry with a focus on sustainability and enjoys helping others make decisions that are better for our environment.
  • Benjamin Kenote is the Director of Operations at Gophermods. He has been in the industry for the past 15 years and is currently working with a worldwide organization to develop sustainable practices at Gophermods.

About Gophermods:
Gophermods is your go-to technology solutions partner. Whether it’s fixing a device, upgrading your device, or general tech information and troubleshooting, we are committed to finding a sustainable solution that fits your needs.


1United Nations 2020 e-waste monitoring report

This project is supported by the Hennepin County Green Partners environmental education program. For more information: www.hennepin.us/greenpartners

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