Bloomington, Ind. — A year without Cook Medical’s annual E-Recycle Day led to a record-breaking amount of e-waste collected to be recycled safely and sustainabily.
Not only was this a record for Cook’s annual Recycle Day, but the event was also one of the largest e-waste collections ever in the nation, bringing in 312,090 pounds of e-waste, far exceeding the goal of 210,000 pounds. There were over 2,800 cars that came through the donation line to bring in e-waste, including materials from TVs and printers to a portable solar panel and a tanning bed.
Cook Medical partnered with Big Boys Moving and RecycleForce to make the event a success. These two local groups focus on employing formerly incarcerated people, training them, and preparing them to re-enter the workforce with skills and support to succeed. Partnering with these organizations is part of Cook’s purpose to unite and build the communities we serve.
“The E-Recycle Day event did more than bring in tons of material to be recycled; this brought a community together after a difficult year of COVID-19,” said Erin Kunkel, corporate social responsibility manager at Cook.
Cook has hosted Recycle Day in Bloomington, Indiana, annually since 2018, with the exception of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. The events are always free for the community to bring any electronics no longer in use to be recycled safely. State law requires safe disposal of e-waste because the products contain hazardous elements that can cause damage to our natural environment and public health. This is just one of many environmental initiatives Cook takes in improving and caring for the environment. See other initiatives we’re taking to help the planet here.
About Cook Medical
Since 1963, Cook Medical has worked closely with physicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we invent, manufacture, and deliver a unique portfolio of medical devices to the healthcare systems of the world. Serving patients is a privilege and we demand the highest standards of quality ethics, and service. We have remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: our patients, our employees, and our communities.