Indiana State University Newsroom

Grants to fund daily collection of e-scrap at Recycle Center

June 2, 2009

Wabash Valley residents will soon have a convenient, environmentally safe option for disposing of computers, monitors, televisions and other electronic items thanks to a series of state grants.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has awarded grants totaling more than $32,000 to the Indiana State University Recycle Center, TREES Inc. and WorkForce Inc. to provide e-scrap collection for Terre Haute and the surrounding area.

Since 2007, the three organizations have teamed up to collect approximately 1 million pounds of electronic waste and processed the items in an environmentally sound manner.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide a daily drop-off facility for electronic waste with little or no cost to individual users,” said Paul Reed, director of the ISU Recycle Center. The university maintains a drive-through drop-off facility for recyclables at its Facilities Management Building at Ninth and Sycamore streets.

The university received a $14,375 grant from IDEM to purchase a forklift and signage for e-scrap collection while WorkForce Inc. received $15,750 for the purchase of a 24-foot box truck with a lift gate to provide transportation of e-scrap. TREES Inc. received $2,000 to assist with marketing e-scrap recycling and supporting efforts of the ISU Recycle Center.

“The response to our E-Scrap Super Saturdays has been truly impressive, proving that Wabash Valley residents care deeply about the environment and the proper disposal of electronic waste,” said Joy Sacopulos of TREES Inc. “We are pleased that these grants will help us make the process more convenient for all and thereby do an even better job of keeping e-scrap out of landfills.”

The project will also create jobs for individuals recently released from prison in a program that helps them transition back into the work force.

“This grant will help create a number of jobs for some very disadvantaged Indiana residents,” said Greg Keesling of WorkForce Inc. “Having a job can go a long way toward keeping these individuals from returning to prison. The recidivism rate for our employees is just 15 percent compared with a statewide average of nearly 50 percent.”

The ISU Recycle Center, TREES Inc. and WorkForce Inc. have been seeking IDEM grant support for more than a year to carry out plans to provide daily e-scrap drop off in Terre Haute.

“We are delighted that each of the partners were awarded grants that were coordinated to make daily e-scrap recycling available in our community,” said Greg Ulm, president of TREES Inc. and a leader of the e-scrap partnership.

A start date for daily e-scrap collections is expected to be announced soon.


Contact: Paul Reed, director of custodial and special services, Indiana State University, 812-237-8197 or; Greg Keesling, WorkForce Inc. 317-532-1368 or; or Joy Sacopulos, TREES Inc., 812-237-2718 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or