Channel 6 and Goodwill teamed up for a computer, printer, cell phone and old electronics recycling event Wednesday called "Drive for Drives." All equipment was accepted free of charge.
It took place at the former Cinema Center parking lot near 83rd and Center. More than 1,800 vehicles dropped off items, including more than 740 cell phones, both new Drive For Drives record.
Some were brought by designated drivers. "It came from a bunch of friends, it's not all mine.” With the understanding that bringing this equipment in helps everyone. “Keeps it out of the landfill and it's usable materials that will be made into something else,” said Louis Roucek.
Many brought trunk loads of old computer gear. “Twelve towers, a scanner a printer, three monitors and a partridge in a pear tree.”
The cell phones will be donated to the Women’s Center for Advancement to be given to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to call 911 if needed. In all, 15 semis were filled.
"Our last one we had, although it was successful, we ended up with 750 (vehicles) the whole day,” said Goodwill’s Kay Hilgenkamp. “We're only at noon and so we are by far way ahead of that one."
Bill Dixon, a security expert with IBM, says most people take the time to transfer their pictures and phone contact list, but there is more we should think about when getting rid of a cell phone. Dixon says there may be more information on your phone that you should do something about.
“A lot of phones come equipped with these micro-memory cards here and really if you're donating your phone there is no need to keep this there. A lot of times there is data about your phone, there can be stored data within the device within the card here, so simple thing with these smartphones here, you can just open it up and remove your card."
Dixon says you may even be able to put that storage device in your new phone.