Affordable Laptops for Kids: AIM Ecycling and Genoa Bank Partner to Reduce E-waste

Through a partnership between AIM Ecycling and Genoa Bank, local students who are searching for affordable laptop options for school will soon have a solution for their needs. 

Contributing to this partnership by dropping off an old laptop to be refurbished and reused offers benefits not only for students, but for the environment as well. According to the EPA, only 38 percent of 3 million tons of e-waste in the United States is recycled annually. The other, larger percentage of electronics that are not recycled and remain as waste contain harmful substances such as cadmium, lead, and beryllium. When added together, these chemicals can present a significant threat to the environment. 

AIM Ecycling makes an effort to combat the accumulation of e-waste. Jeff Norden, a member of the AIM team, stated that in the process of refurbishing electronics, AIM ensures that “all elements of the items are 100 percent recycled with zero landfill waste.” Additionally, AIM Ecycling is R2 certified, meaning the group is held to very strict standards for removing and destroying data in a secure fashion. 

From now until May 21, during bank lobby hours, laptops can be dropped off at Genoa Bank locations in Maumee, Sylvania, and Perrysburg to support this initiative of reducing e-waste and providing students with affordable technology options. Norden stated that the goal of this partnership is to have “a huge selection of perfectly functioning laptops collected and refurbished to sell in early August in a $125-$225 price range.”

Participating Genoa Bank locations include: 

Maumee: 703 Conant St.

Perrysburg: 9920 Old US 20

Sylvania: 5501 Monroe St.

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