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THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS PROFILE: Comprenew

Recycle, renew, reuse

A Comprenew employee scans goods. With its headquarters in Grand Rapids and offices in Gaylord and Marquette, Comprenew is readily available to Michigan residents and businesses. It adheres to the highest possible industry standards, as the only nonprofit in the world and the only electronics recycler headquartered in Michigan with both e-Stewards and R2 certifications. (Photo courtesy of Comprenew)

MARQUETTE –Is your business updating its electronics and you’re not sure what to do with the items you no longer need? Are you an individual with a new computer who wants to make sure your old model is properly recycled? Comprenew is here — including an office and store in the Upper Peninsula — to provide a solution. Comprenew is committed to protecting people and the environment from electronic waste through certified electronics recycling, refurbishing, and data security services.

With its headquarters in Grand Rapids and offices in Gaylord and Marquette, Comprenew is readily available to Michigan residents and businesses and adheres to the highest possible industry standards, as the only nonprofit in the world and the only electronics recycler headquartered in Michigan with both e-Stewards and R2 certifications.

It also has two stores in Grand Rapids, one in Holland, one in Gaylord and one in Marquette. In 2018, Comprenew was able to expand electronics recycling and refurbishing services throughout the Upper Peninsula by partnering with Goodwill of Northern Wisconsin & Upper Michigan. Comprenew has been able to use Goodwill NWUM’s existing infrastructure to keep cost affordable and service efficient for the community. Comprenew’s Marquette store is indeed near Goodwill’s facility at 3145 U.S. 41.

Any item with a cord or a battery can be recycled with Comprenew, besides large home appliances. Comprenew does not charge to recycle some items but must charge for others because the harvested material value can not cover the cost of proper and safe recycling. Their staff will be happy to provide an estimate over the phone based on your description of items.

Comprenew provides digital equity programs and job training to people experiencing barriers to employment and your use of its services helps to fund these programs for underserved members of the community.

A Comprenew employee handles laptops. Any item with a cord or a battery can be recycled with Comprenew, besides large home appliances. (Photo courtesy of Comprenew)

When you use Comprenew’s services, you can be assured no electronic material is sent to a landfill or is incinerated. Comprenew handles materials in a National Institute of Standards and Technology of the U.S. Department of Commerce (NIST) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) compliant manner. That means all data-bearing devices are securely wiped, keeping your sensitive information private and protected.

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor, only 17 percent of electronics are properly recycled. Comprenew is a way for you to be sure your electronics are taken care of in an environmentally friendly manner.

You can make arrangements to drop items at Comprenew or Comprenew will even come right to your home or business to pick up your outdated electronics. Its services date back to 1986, when it was founded so it has nearly 35 years of experience in handling this equipment.

So to recap: If you and/or your business/corporation has electronics they want to dispose of in a responsible manner through a nonprofit that supports the local community, Comprenew is the organization to contact. Comprenew minimizes environmental impact by promoting reuse before recycling, so it offers high quality refurbished and vintage electronics along with new.

For more information, visit comprenew.org or call 833-266-7736. On Twitter, twitter.com/Comprenew. On Instagram, instagram.com/comprenew, and on Facebook, facebook.com/Comprenew. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the offices currently are operating at reduced hours, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call ahead to verify office hours.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is part of a paid advertising package. Businesses interested in being featured on the In Business page may call 228-2500.

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