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Mobile Gas Launches Electronic Equipment Donation Program

Posted April 28, 2016

Mobile Gas is getting technical for a good cause.  The natural gas utility has launched the Plugged-In Electronic (PIE) Donation Program.  PIE’s purpose is to donate outdated and unwanted electronic equipment (computer monitors, cell phones, typewriters, laptops, desktops, etc.) to nonprofit organizations that could either refurbish the equipment or recycle it for money.

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile (UCP) is the first organization that will benefit from PIE.  Currently, Mobile Gas donates toner cartridges, batteries and cell phones to UCP.  PIE now expands that partnership.  The donated electronics will be sent to various recycling companies in exchange for money to help fund programs at UCP such as speech and physical therapy, preschool classes, summer classes, etc.

Desktop Support Technician Keith Price and EHS Specialist Ted Rehwinkel

Desktop Support Technician Keith Price and EHS Specialist Ted Rehwinkel

Mobile Gas employees Keith Price and Ted Rehwinkel worked with the Community Relations Department to help create PIE and identify organizations that would benefit from the program.

“United Cerebral Palsy  is dedicated to advancing the independence of people with disabilities through various programs. PIE is the perfect program where UCP could take equipment that no one else is using and turn it into a valuable resource  so it can help improve the quality of life for those with special needs,” said Rehwinkel.

The PIE program falls in alignment with  one of Mobile Gas’ core values of being a steward in protecting the environment.

“We will donate nearly 100% of the equipment we no longer use, so nothing is wasted.  The electronics are either reused or recycled, so no parts ever end up in a landfill for years, possibly decades,” said Price.

The first official PIE donation to the UCP will be given in May 2016. Donations will be made every quarter.