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February 22, 2012

Business Beat: RCR&R: ISD among top computer recyclers in state

A local computer retailer was noted recently for the high volume of computers and like equipment it collected for recycling.

ISD at 98 Chestnut St. in Oneonta was No. 18 among retailers statewide that contract for recycling services, said Casey Whyte, account manager with Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery.  

ISD collected more than 11,000 pounds in recyclable computers and electronic equipment since it started collecting a year ago, Whyte said. The firm collects from more than 250 retailers who help residents with their recycling, she said.

Whyte said some ISD customers called her to say they were pleased that ISD collected their recyclable computers because it meant they didn’t have to wait for a town- or county-organized collection. She attributed ISD’s success to marketing and availability through hours of business.

On May 28, 2010, New York state passed the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, according to a cover letter from Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, which has corporate headquarters in Victor, south of Rochester. The legislation went into effect April 1.

This law provides for recycling at no charge to the consumer of the electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, small scale servers, monitors, keyboards and mice, fax machines, printers/scanners, cell phones, VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles. Not all retailers accept televisions.

ISD Vice President Roxana L. Hurlburt praised the recycling law because disposing of electronics can be difficult and the recycling program provides a free service to customers. Whyte shared the result of the past year’s efforts, Hurlburt said.

``We’re just so excited,’’ Hurlburt said. Recycling is ``so important for all of us’’ because it prevents dumping along highways and helps keep Otsego County and the area ``green,’’ she said. Consumers may drop off recyclable electronics at ISD, which is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; telephone, 432-7090.

Whyte said other area retailers RCR&R works with in the eWASTE Alliance Network recycling program are Video Entertainment Plus and Empire Computer in Sidney; Personal Computer Service in Oneonta; Otsego Computer Experts in Cherry Valley, Hayes Office Products and S&S TV & Appliances in Norwich; and Tri County Computers and R.M. Haynes Computer Services in Cobleskill.

`Bootcamp’ set for entrepreneurs

Main Street Oneonta in conjunction with Otsego County Economic Development will hold a free ``Business Bootcamp Class.’’ The class is for anyone considering starting a business venture, established business owners or others who may be considering entrepreneurship, organizers said.

The class will be at NBT Bank in downtown Oneonta from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 29. Registration is requested because space is limited, organizers said. To register, or for more information, call 432-8871, ext. 208.

Brewery to serve

dinner, beer

Brewery Ommegang at 656 Route 33 in Milford is starting a series of ``beer dinners’’ Saturday with guest chefs, a media release said.

Chef Teddy Folkman, owner and executive chef at Granville Moore’s in Washington, D.C., and a winning contestant from ‘Throwdown with Bobby Flay,’ will be the guest at the 7 p.m. dinner. A portion of the $55 cost will be donated to Otsego 2000 in support of local environmental causes. For more information, call 286-4090.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, e-mail details to drichardson@thedailystar.com or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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