Goodwill program to end

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – A two-year-long pilot program for recycling at the Goodwill Calumet Work Center will come to an end in March.

Keith Stenger, senior operations manager of the work center, located on Airpark Boulevard near Houghton County Memorial Airport, said because of a drop in the volume of material brought to the building from Goodwill stores in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula for recycling, it’s no longer economically feasible to continue the program.

“It’s not cost effective to do it,” he said.

Stenger said the work center will continue to take items for recycling until March 1.

“Then we’ll clean up our warehouse and be out of that business,” he said.

Items accepted include paper, some plastic, metal and cardboard, Stenger said. Glass will not be accepted. Electronic items accepted include computers and their peripherals, including monitors, televisions and cell phones. They don’t take radios.

The Houghton Goodwill Store will continue to take working electronics as well as electronic waste, Stenger said.

The work center can take only No. 1 and No. 2 plastics, Stenger said, and what they’re paid for those items is not very much.

“It costs us ten times more to bail it than we get for it,” he said.

The electronic items the work center accepts are sent to a recycler in Menominee, Stenger said.

Goodwill will still help schools, hospitals and some businesses get large donations of electronic items sent to a recycler, Stenger said.

“We will try to make arrangements for those large electronics donations,” he said.

The work center is not closing, Stenger said. They will still continue to supply other services, such as document destruction, contracting services, such as assembly and packaging, and some wood working.

“There’s a lot of things we’re still doing,” he said.