Posted on November 1, 2017
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Effective immediately, Helena Industries will no longer provide the collection of electronics through its recently developed Big Sky E-Recycling program. While the program developed well-organized processes and offered opportunities for employment, it was still requiring investment outlay from the company. The Board of Directors made a difficult decision looking at the uncertainty in the future global commodity prices, the political climate including pending cuts at the state and federal level for all our programs and where we needed to focus our resources.
“We are very thankful to the E-Recycling team, the Helena Industries Thrift Store, and other programs that worked hard to develop the program,” says Interim CEO, Barbara Walsh. “This innovative program grew to employ people with disabilities and veterans while providing a valuable service to the community,” she continued. Helena Industries will work to relocate the program’s employees in other departments where possible and provide support for seeking community employment if they so choose.
Since its’ inception, the program has provided data destruction for thousands of electronic units, shipped out more than a dozen semi-trucks of processed material for recycling, and diverted several hundred thousand pounds of electronic items from waste to be recycled or refurbished. The program focused on providing data destruction services, selling commodities from dismantled electronics, e-bay sales, and local government service contracts for revenue.
“We thank the Helena Community, businesses, and many organizations that support our organization and the programs, we could not do this without you,” noted board chairman Andy Utick. “We remain vigorously focused on sustaining our mission to provide job training and work opportunities for people with disabilities”.
Collection of electronic items for recycling at Helena Industries’ Vocation Campus on Helena Avenue and at the Helena Industries Thrift Store at 2109 N Last Chance Gulch is closed as of this press release. Recycling for most computer-related electronic items in Helena is provided at the City of Helena Transfer Station (1975 N Benton 8am to 4:30pm daily with the exception of holidays) and Pacific Steel & Recycling (1530 National Ave Monday through Friday 8am-4:45pm). These locations do not include recycling for older style tube televisions or monitors.
Helena Industries is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities by providing training, work opportunities, and case management services tailored to the individual’s interest and abilities. More details at HelenaIndustries.org or (406) 442-8632.