What’s Working: Got old electronics? Donate them and change a life

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In tonight’s What’s Working, odds are you have some old electronics sitting around the house, but there’s a place you can recycle them five days a week. It’s called Ransom Recycling, and the program is getting people off the streets and into jobs.

Ransom Ministries Executive Director, Matt Armbruster, started Ransom Recycling back in January. The idea is to hire up to four people at a time and teach them how to break down old electronics. The non-profit would then sell the steel, metal, and other parts for money that would go back into the job- training program.  The people in the program get paid $9 per hour, and they are held accountable, just like a normal job.  Many of them have struggled with drugs, or have been incarcerated.

“Our target group is people no one wants to take a chance on, we will give a job. We want to work with them and give them the skills to become a great employee” Armbruster said.

Christopher Actkins has been in the program for three weeks. He’s been in and out of prison for petty crimes. He learned about the Ranson Recycling program, and he has shown up every day on his bicycle to work.

“It’s going to lead to me to have my first real job, and my own place to stay,” Actkins said.

Mike Hall, too, has now found a potential career path as a mechanic, thanks to the program.  He’s been disassembling electronics for three months and has gotten a part-time mechanic job as well.  He is thankful that the staff at Ransom is taking a chance on him.

“Words can’t explain how thankful I am, not just for the program, but for the people,” Hall said.

Ransom Recycling is in need of old electronics.  Armbruster says they will take “anything with a cord,” including TVs, computers, VCRs, phones, microwaves,  and refrigerators. They will also pick up. They are hoping that businesses will provide them with old electronics. They are willing to crush the hard drives of computers so that people’s personal information is protected.  They are also encouraging anyone to host an electronics recycling drive to collect even more electronics.  

If you are interested in dropping off electronics, Ransom Recycling is located at 320 South Craft Highway in Chickasaw. you can drop off Monday- Friday from 9am-3pm. For more information, click here.

Your old VCR may not mean much to you, but to employees like Christopher Actkins, the old stuff has been a “blessing,” to get him off the streets.

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