Tech Dump, a nonprofit that hires “economically disadvantaged” workers to recycle most electronics for free, opened a location in St. Paul at 698 Prior Av. N. on Monday.
The organization, which will continue to operate its first location in Golden Valley, says it accepts most electronics (anything with a cord, cable, or battery, that isn’t a large home appliance), with fees charged only for old tube/CRT TVs and monitors.
Tech Dump Executive Director Tom McCullough said the organization expects to recycle 4 million pounds of electronics by the end of this year, while providing jobs and training for 40 adults who’ve spent time in the justice system or are in recovery from addiction.
They say the items are refurbished and recycled in an “environmentally friendly way,” and that private data is permanently destroyed with a “NIST/DOD-compliant erasure.”
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said Tech Dump is “bringing another recycling resource to the city, and the region, that will help further sustainability goals.”