Eastpointe and the Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers will host a free electronics recycling event for residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. Two attendees at a past event, left, bring their electronics to Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers owner Michael Wiley, right.

Eastpointe and the Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers will host a free electronics recycling event for residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. Two attendees at a past event, left, bring their electronics to Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers owner Michael Wiley, right.

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Eastpointe to hold electronics recycling event

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 15, 2018

EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe and the Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recyclers will host a free electronics recycling event for residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave.

Michael Wiley and Christine Wiley are co-owners of Old Village Computer & Electronic Equipment Recycling, and both are members of the Eastpointe Lions Club.

Wiley has been in the computer business since 1988; he started as a computer liquidator. 

“As the need progressed for a computer recycler, I became that computer recycler — I’m as green as green can get,” he said. 

With his business, Wiley believes he’s saving the earth and helping the community.

“I make sure anything that is given to me does not go to a landfill. When it comes to computers, the first thing I do is wipe off all personal data off the machine. Any personal data on the machines will go no farther than my shop. Security is the highest demand, whether I’m going to be sending them to recycle or repurpose them,” said Wiley. 

Repurposed electronics also save the earth and allow people who need electronic devices to have them at an affordable cost, according to Wiley. 

A variety of electronic items may be dropped off: all types of computer equipment; desktop PCs and workstations; notebook computers; laptops and tablet PCs; printers (both ink and laser); copy machines; speakers; keyboards; computer mice; scanners; audio/visual projection equipment; old and newer cameras; old and newer cellphones; hard drives (CD, DVD or floppy); cords; wires; digital picture frames; clocks; personal music players; video game consoles; and batteries.

Items not eligible for recycling include picture tube, or CRT, monitors; CRT televisions; light bulbs; and wood material.

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley said Wiley “does a really good job” at recycling and repurposing the electronics. Pixley said that this will be the second year for this recycling event, but the city didn’t do one last year. 

“It was amazing to us the last time we did this. It was a lot more people than we expected it to be. The people that are doing this can be trusted and won’t steal your identity,” said Pixley.