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Two new ways to get rid of old junk
June 11, 2012
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Dixie Scrapping and Electronic and Appliance Recycling open in Delano

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

DELANO, MN – Wondering how to get rid of that old refrigerator, broken computer, useless car part, dead battery, or other unwanted items – for free?

Two new Delano businesses have the answer.

Dixie Scrapping (owned by Chris Brownell) and Electronic and Appliance Recycling (owned by Travis Furness) moved to 265 North River St. in Delano just over a month ago.

Their shared 9,750-square-foot space, located just behind the Delano Chamber of Commerce office, is already brimming with recyclables they’ve collected.

Electronic and Appliance Recycling mainly focuses on business-to-business recycling, and many of its clients are schools, retailers, and installers.

In contrast, Dixie Scrapping regularly accepts material from the public, as well.

The types of materials each company accepts also differ.

Dixie Scrapping collects a broad range of items (farm equipment, small engines, pots and pans, etc.) while Electronic and Appliance Recycling sticks to appliances and electronics, as its name implies.

“If it’s something he can’t do, I take it, and vice versa,” Brownell said, adding that his company also does trailer house demolitions.

Brownell and his business partner, Stuart Smith, never charge for recyclables, while Furness said the only item he’ll charge for is TVs, because of the cost to recycle them.

Free pick-up is available, and Dixie Scrapping’s website also states that the company will pay cash for certain items.

“A lot of places charge $5 to $40 to get rid of appliances,” Furness said. “My thought is, you already spent all this money to buy it, why should you have to spend to get rid of it?”

Many materials are recyclable, if sorted correctly, according to Brownell.

“That’s what I like about what we do; Nothing’s going to the landfills,” Furness added.

Furness began his business in Otsego about 2.5 years ago, as Recycling By Travis Furness.

“I actually just started doing cars,” he said. “In the first six months, I did over 400 cars.”

Then, he started getting into electronic recycling, which offers more stability throughout the year.

By that time, Brownell’s business, which started as a hobby in Annandale about 4.5 years ago, was already taking off.

“It was just a little here and a little there, and it blew into something big,” Brownell said.

Recently, both Brownell and Furness decided it was time to expand their spaces, and ended up renting the same building in Delano.

Both companies are fully licensed and insured.

Electronic and Appliance Recycling is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment, and can be reached at (763) 228-3099.

Dixie Scrapping operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call (763) 412-9817 or go to www.dixiescrapping.com.

“Call ahead if you’d like to arrange something after hours,” Brownell said. “Evenings and weekends are not a problem.”

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