EchoWorks recycles electronics, hiring employees from Black Hills Works

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Returning to work after COVID-19, the employees at EchoWorks have a variety of abilities and are able to provide meaningful work through what they do, saving the environment.

Black Hills Works partnered with Western Dakota Tech thanks to staff and partners at Black Hills Area Community Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation.

“This is really a super opportunity for Western Dakota Tech to lift up a big project as well as giving some spots or employment for folks that need employment,” said WDT President, Dr. Ann Bolman.

Black Hills Works employees have different abilities, but are able to break down all kinds of electronics. The remains are then sent to Wisconsin for re-purposing.

There are more than 1,000 chemicals in e-waste, so businesses and individuals are encouraged to recycle to prevent items from going to the landfill, polluting our Earth,

“I mean there’s Mercury, all types of chemicals, that will just stay in the ground forever and it will affect our children, our grandchildren so we definitely want to stay if we can,” said Randy Sheppard, Electronics Supervisor at EchoWorks.

Since its soft-opening in January, more than 12,000 pounds have been recycled. Anyone can recycle their electronics at Western Dakota Tech for a modest fee.

Hours of operation are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The best way to reach the shop is by Western Dakota Tech’s back entrance across from Knechts. To learn more about Black Hills Works, click HERE.

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