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April 27, 2014

INCOR provides recycling for devices

E-Cycle Center lets users recycle electronics

INCOR E-Cycle Center offers area residents the opportunity to recycle used electronics and provide jobs for the non-profit organization’s employees.

The organization, which assists individuals with disabilities, has been providing electronics recycling services since February and is receiving items for recycling from large and small businesses, and also from individuals, said Dana Winters, director of programs at INCOR.

INCOR’s E-Cycle Center accepts computers, computer components, monitors, keyboards, cellphones, DVRs, Blue Ray Players, DVD/VCR players and flat screen TVs.

The electronics recycling program has four employees. The business will soon move to larger location in Fort Gibson and will add another eight employees. Current employees with INCOR E-Cycle Center are Daniel Asher, Micah McConnell, Heather Guthrie and Sky Huff.

Once the electronics are received at INCOR, employees tear them down. Boxes are set up, and all the components are separated, then placed in the bins.

Many of the items are recycled locally, while some must be outsourced to recycling companies in the United States. All of the products are recycled in the United States, Winters said.

“Everything gets recycled,” said David Russell, plant manager. “We are pretty much the end user of all the electronics.”

Providers of electronics are also provided additional security, Winters said.

“We take and remove all of the company’s logos before we recycle,” Winters said.

Security of confidential information on the donated electronics is guaranteed by INCOR.

“We shred all the hard drives, so everything that’s confidential on those computers is  destroyed,” Winters said. “It's shredded to pieces so It can never be reformatted or taken off the hard drive for any purpose.”

INCOR’s procedures for E-cycling include:

• Hard drive wiping and destruction.

• Cellphone wiping and destruction.

• Warehouse and inventory control.

• All company labels removed and destroyed.

“Truly, this is not just about recycling, because these guys and girls come in there and they work hard, and they want to be there and they want to work,” Russell said.

 The employees are monitored closely, and the E-Cycle program is a “big stepping stone for them to learn how to be productive and how to be out in the real world, working a real job,” he said.

“INCOR provides services to people with disabilities or special needs,” Winters said. “We provide residential and vocational services. We have group homes, and then we have residential homes where they live in their own home, and we have staff that goes to their homes and help take care of them.”

INCOR also has a sheltered workshop which assembles products for companies. Other individuals are employed outside the INCOR facility.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

You can help

WHAT: INCOR E-Cycle Center.

WHERE: 201 E. Okmulgee Ave., Monday through Friday.

WHERE: 120 Iola St., and 210 E. Okmulgee Ave.

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Okmulgee Avenue location. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only at Muskogee Recycling Center, 120 Iola St. INCOR also offers pick-up services.

MORE INFO: (918) 683-8162, ext. 106 and www.incor-ok.com.

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