Month of December Computer Sale
79.99 Dell internet ready systems. (monitors extra)
150..00 Wireless Laptops
Product is limited so stop in for great deals!!
September 16, 17th, 2011
City of Pekin Recycling event
Computers will be holding its 1st annual Electronic Recycling Event
for the City of Pekin and surrounding areas. This event will be sponsored by
the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.
When: Friday, September 16, 8:00am – 12pm
for businesses, and also Saturday from 8am – 12pm for residents.
Where: Big R Parking Lot
will be accepted are: TV, Monitors, Computers, laptops, Keyboards, mice, printers,
DVD, VCR and other misc items.
will be accepted at the event.
questions, contact Going Green Computers at (309) 642-6600
February 16, 2011
2010 Recycling totals
Going Green Computers is pleased to report our 2010 recycling totals, we recycled 99,816 pounds of e-waste last year which was our first full year in business. Of that weight 86,314 was recycled here locally in Central Illinois area. We would like to thank all of the businesses that recycled their e-waste instead of throwing it in landfills. We saved almost 100,000 pounds from going into our landfills, that is 50 tons of e-waste that we recycled to help save our environment.This year we plan on doubling that amount. Thanks again for "Saving Our Environment One Computer at a time."
February 6, 2011
Going Green Computers is
hosting an open house at 716 Derby Street, Pekin, on February 8, 2011, from 4
pm to 6 pm. A ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Pekin Area Chamber of
Commerce will be held at 4:45 pm. The special event is free and open to the
public and members of the media.
Founded by Brad Frick in 2009, Going Green
Computers is Central Illinois' only registered e-waste recycler. The
organization offers businesses of all sizes an alternative to disposing of
e-waste by recycling. Frick and his staff also specialize in refurbishing
projects and cost-effective computer solutions.
For more information on Going Green Computers and
the February 8th open house, please call (309) 642-6600 or visit www.goinggreencomputers.com.
January 1, 2011
WE HAVE MOVED!
Please visit us at our new address:
716 Derby Street
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 642-6600
Fax: (309) 642-6599
November 15, 2010
Man determined to recycle e-waste, starts small business
Here is a great article about our business and is being spread around the country.
What do you do with that old computer once your shiny new one arrives?
Bradley Frick, owner of Going Green Computers in Pekin, Ill., has the answer.Frick’s company takes personal computers, laptops and other electronics and recycles them to keep the waste out of the already crowded and growing landfills.According to the text of the Illinois Disposal Ban, “electronic products are the fastest growing portion of the solid waste stream. In 2005, 2,600,000 tons of electronic products became obsolete, yet only 13 percent of those products were recycled.”Beginning Jan. 1, it will be illegal to dump electronics into landfills. This waste does not break down in landfills.“I’m trying to take a proactive approach by getting the word out that we, as a community, need to recycle now, rather than wait until the last minute and then try and figure out what to do,” Frick said,It all began in March 2009 as a hobby. “Then I saw a need. The more I worked on (computers), the more I researched it online I realized there is a need for recycling in this area. There aren’t many companies in the area that actually do it,” Frick said.He remembered seeing the mess with another company and “it made me realize they’re destroying the environment with what they’re doing and, to me, as a father and citizen of this community, I wanted to make a difference.”With his desire to help the environment, Frick got to work. He earned a degree from Midstate College in computer science. Then, with a little encouragement from friends, he started Going Green Computer in his home.He contacted local businesses and school districts to “share his vision with them as far as keeping everything out of the landfill,” he said.The first contact he had that was interested in recycling was Midwest Central High School in Manito, Ill.Gina Oeft, who works for the information technology department at the school, said the district used to recycle old computers with the company they purchased them from because they had a lease program.“Going Green Computers are awesome. We call and they come to us. He takes anything. Last year we got all new computers at the high school and he helped with all 70 of them. It’s great! I would definitely recommend them. I like having our contract with them because he’s local and I know our waste isn’t ending up in the landfill,” Oeft said.“Rather than simply getting a contract with a company, a personal touch and educating people is a huge part of a successful business,” Frick said. As a result, he likes teaching people about electronic waste, or e-waste.The computer “monitors are taken down near the St. Louis area and I take those down about once a month, but the rest gets recycled somewhat locally. Everything else gets stripped down and goes to certain places,” said Frick.Last fall was the first time Going Green Computers participated in Spruce Up Pekin. Since then, his business has tripled.Tom Coogan, a support analyst at Pekin Hospital, said he’s very satisfied with the work Going Green Computers does for the hospital.“It was the perfect fit for both of us. We, at the hospital, try to support local businesses when we can. We were happy to work with him. As a result, I’ve referred him to Spoon River College and Graham Hospital in Canton (Ill.). We also like that Going Green Computers takes old computers and can fix them up and sell them for less than a brand new one, so those who can’t afford a new computer can still buy one,” Coogan said.Frick has been the one who has made all the contacts, driven to the sites to collect the materials, broken everything down, and taken it where it needs to go. He is certified through the state as a collector for the Environmental Protection Agency and last month (in October) recycled between 20,000-30,000 pounds of electronics. Those numbers, according to Frick, “are a lot for me.”When he ships something, he reuses packaging materials from Office Max, rather than purchase new materials.“Styrofoam never breaks down, so why not reuse it? There’s nothing wrong with it, so I reuse it when I ship our packages,” Frick said.In addition to recycling computers, Frick gives back to the community. He presented a seminar at the Pekin Public Library to teach people basic computer skills. He has also donated computers to the House of Hope, a local women’s shelter. What started as an idea to refurbish old computers turned into a local business that is counting on the community to recycle electronics, rather than simply throw them away.
October 15 and 16th, 2010
Wants to thank the Morton Chamber of Commerce for having a fall clean-up weekend. We collected over 30,000 pounds of computer equipment in 8 hours time.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
October 4, 2010
Wants to give a special thanks to Farmington School District #265. On this day we presented them a plaque for their huge recycling efforts in the school district. This is from their website www.dist265.com
Farmington Recycling Efforts
Farmington recently completed a recycling effort that everyone in the District can be proud of.
Technology Department removed quite a large amount of antiquated
equipment from the complex over the last couple of weeks. We partnered
with Going Green Computers of Pekin to responsibly dispose of our old
computer equipment. As of Friday, the District has recycled 10,500 pounds of equipment! The bulk of our recycled materials were old CRT monitors.
Going Green presented Matt Rolando, Technology Coordinator, with a
plaque on Monday, Oct. 4th to recognize this tremendous effort.
Here are a couple fast facts to remember before throwing away old computers or tube monitors:
- Each 17-inch tube monitor can contain as much as 8 pounds of lead and 6 to 8 ounces of mercury.
- An older computer motherboard can contain up to 25 grams of lead depending on the size.
Thank you to the Tech Dept for their hard work and efforts.
October 1, 2010
Fall cleanup event in Pekin was held, not as many turned out as we had hoped, could be much better with more advertising.
Here is a link from a reporter on the scene at Spruce Up Pekin, has a nice short tidbit about us being there: www.ourtimesinpekin.com
For the 3rd year, Going Green Computers owned by Brad Frick was at Spruce Up Pekin picking up Computer equipment. Brad told me that his company is a computer recycling business with a vision to provide service and sales at reasonable and affordable rates.
He said our company is based on the belief that in order to help save our environment, we need to keep computer electronics such as laptops, computers, cell phones and accessories out of our landfills.
If you wish to find out more about Going Green Computers, please call 309-241-2229 or go to their website at www.goinggreencomputers.com .
August 9th -13th, 2010
We are proud to serve Northwoods Community Church in their staff recycling event.
June 9, 2010
Going Green Computers is proud to announce cell phone recycling. Contact us for drop off sites.
May 21, 2010
Going Green Computers took a road trip down to Lincoln, IL on this date to present Lincoln Community
High School with a plaque thanking them for their recycling efforts. We
recycled 1,700 pounds of computer equipment just from this school alone, and were glad we had this opportunity to recognize LCHS for their efforts. This is what the plaque stated:
Community High School
recycling 1,700 pounds of e-Waste products
this day, Friday, May 21, 2010
you for helping us
save our environment one computer at a time”.
The following article regarding this event appeared in Lincoln's online newspaper, the Lincoln Daily News (www.lincolndailynews.com, Community section):
From left: Sally Aukamp, Brad Frick, and Robert Bagby
Sally Aukamp, Lincoln Community
High School LEAF
sponsor, and Robert Bagby, superintendent, flank Brad Frick, owner
of Going Green Computers.
Frick presented a plaque to the school for
recycling 1,700 pounds of e-waste. Frick wanted to recognize the
school for their efforts as well as raise awareness of the
importance of recycling.
Frick believes that in order to help save our
environment, we need to keep used laptops and personal computers out
of our landfills. For more information you can go to
Picture by Mike Fak