ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
From a 1990s-era cell phone to an old water heater, Missouri American Water employees in the St. Louis area recycled electronics small and large during an event in early September.
In partnership with Midwest Recycle Center and as a member of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, employees with Missouri American Water were encouraged throughout September to bring in household electronics to be recycled. That recycling drive led to more than 2,000 lbs. of material being diverted from landfills, or cobweb-filled basements, and recycled.
“I’m very pleased with our employees’ turnout, and I look forward to future collection events,” said Hannah Korte-Runge, senior water quality and environmental compliance specialist and leader of Missouri American Water’s green team. “This was our first year collecting employee electronic recycling, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But when we saw all the boxes that MRC graciously hauled away for us, we were thrilled.
“Our goal for next year would be to double that amount.”
Items collected included cell phones and digital cameras; computer towers, monitors and laptops; and one water heater.
“The water heater goes to show that just about anything can be recycled if you make the effort to get it to the appropriate agency,” Korte-Runge said.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.