Comprenew Connect Bridges the Digital Divide

In the fall of 2015, Comprenew launched Comprenew Connect in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools Parent University. The program offers computer literacy classes for low income parents who lack computer skills and a home computer. Since then, Comprenew Connect has grown and is now offered at a number of organizations, including Grandville Avenue Arts […]

Comprenew does more than recycle unwanted electronics!

You may know that Comprenew is an electronics recycler, but you may not know we are a nonprofit organization with a dual mission: to protect people, the environment and businesses from the dangers of e-waste AND to engage with the community to address the problem of under- and unemployment for at-risk individuals. Our community engagement […]

Grand Rapids “Got the Lead Out” on Earth Day!

On Earth Day, Friday, April 22, Comprenew was downtown Grand Rapids along Monroe Center collecting CRTs for certified recycling. CRTs are old-style (box shaped) TVs and computer monitors. Each CRT contains five to ten pounds of lead. Thanks to residents and area businesses, Comprenew collected over 2,500 electronic devices! Thank you Grand Rapids for “Getting […]

Comprenew Introduces Computers-for-Parents Outreach Program

Comprenew’s new computers-for-parents program helps financially challenged families acquire a home computer and training. Comprenew’s goal is to close the digital divide while setting up families for success. Comprenew launched a pilot program last fall to address the digital divide that exists in our community. The computers-for-parents program is called This Is My Computer™ (TIMC) […]

Comprenew celebrates their 30th anniversary!

This March, Comprenew turns 30! In 1986, Comprenew began operations as a refurbisher of IBM Mainframe computer equipment. At the time, Comprenew served computer users and leasing companies located throughout the U.S. in two ways: by providing data security and by environmental protection. Computers and electronics often contain private data directly relating to the user of the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Before Black Friday kicks off and people trade in their gratitude for ruthless deal-hunting, we’d like to spend a few minutes reflecting and being thankful for what we already have. I asked a handful of people at Comprenew to share what they’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, and here’s what they had to say: “I am […]

Help Keep Michigan Green & Our People Protected

Comprenew recently was awarded a grant from the State of Michigan to expand its PureMAPP electronic collection and education program. Comprenew currently has over 19 PureMAPP sites across Michigan and is looking for business partners to help sponsor 10 containers for 10 new drop-off locations. What is PureMAPP? Comprenew® partners with Michigan municipalities, counties, townships, cities, […]

COMPRENEW JOINS THE LARGEST NATIONAL NETWORK OF CERTIFIED SOCIAL ENTERPRISE E-WASTE RECYCLERS

Comprenew is proud to announce that we have joined Impact Recyclers, a nation-wide network of socially-minded certified (R2 and/or e-Stewards) electronic recyclers. All of the members of Impact Recyclers share a common purpose: they recycle, refurbish, and resell electronic waste (e-waste) to create jobs for people who would otherwise struggle to enter the workforce. Electronic waste […]

Academy for At Risk Inner-city Youth

The Comprenew Academy comes to an end on August 13, but what a great summer it’s been! The Academy is an environmentally-focused program for at risk inner-city youth that provides mentorship, direction, and preparation for the workforce. Our goal for each student is that they leave this summer’s program with skills to help them set and follow through […]

Comprenew Receives Grant to Add 10 More Locations

Comprenew announced today that the Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded them a $67,500 grant to expand their PureMAPP program. Comprenew’s PureMAPP program partners with municipalities, counties, conservation districts, townships, and cities to create permanent, staffed, electronic recycling collection sites. PureMAPP’s host partners provide communities with state registered, certified recycling solutions with convenient access […]