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Friedman Sponsors Recycle Event

State Senate candidate encourages people to bring their old electronic devices to his campaign office Saturday for recycling.

People brought old computers for recycling to the Saturday in Highland Park as part of the activities surrounding the opening of the headquarters.

“I’m a lifelong conservationist,” Friedman said. “The chemicals in computers, particularly monitors and printers, are harmful. We have to keep them out of our groundwater and our drinking water.”

Friedman is the Republican candidate running against to succeed . Garret was the sponsor behind a law that took effect in January aimed at keeping electronics out of landfills.

Friedman teamed with Bill Franklin of Lake Bluff based MidWest Computer Recycling, Inc., to encourage people to leave their old computers at the office so Franklin could dispose of them. Some of the computers Franklin salvages are donated.

“Some of them go to Lambs Farm,” Franklin said. “We reuse them and preserve resources.”

Patch will run a story Monday about both Morrison and Friedman on their office openings and campaign issues.

Shelly Jaffe June 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
What a great idea. Dr. Friedman is pro-choice, pro-environment and pro-small business. He is what the GOP needs and exactly what we need in Springfield.
Lucy L. June 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Recycling is a good thing. So is cleaning up your lawn signs. Friedman's were left on "uninhabited" (legal/illegal?) land in my neighborhood weeks after whatever he ran for last. I will try to look past that and get to know his politics better, but I hope who ever is running this campaign picks up all the signs this time around.
Joanie June 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Lucy, you should call campaigns if you see signs out there again. Most campaigns would really like to get their signs down but don't know where all of them have ended up. When I volunteered for Kirk, people would just grab several signs from the office and disappear with them. Lots of them ended up, I'm sure, on right-of-ways. We were always happy to go out and retrieve (and reuse) them if people called.
Lucy L. June 20, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I helped with signs for a campaign once. We had a person in charge of placement and removal and "legal instructions" were attached regarding placement and removal. It was not my job and I can't claim it was a perfect system, I just don't know. I do know that the "litter" created by the signs left by Dr. Friedman's last campaign made me think he was not concerned about the environment. I will keep a copy of the political postcards (that no doubt soon will be filling my recycling bin) to call in the future. Sometimes I think I want to vote for whoever makes the least "litter" and I would be all for a ban on the signs!
Joanie June 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Lucy, Well, I don't know about the campaign you worked on, but signs are an ongoing issue for all campaigns. I would love to see a system that would result in good control. But in regards to the environment, I know one of the Friedman volunteers who the campaign asked to help with the Fort Sheridan beach clean-up several months ago (when she could have been doing campaign related work instead, I might add). Also, his campaign has a firm recycling policy with bins literally in the office space. At this electronics event, the campaign cleared a LOT of electronics equipment at this event and I know they plan on doing more of them.
Lucy L. June 21, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Thanks Joanie! I hope all of those activities go well.
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