Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2008
Secretary of State Announces Plan to Remarket, Resell, and Recycle Touchscreen Voting Machines
During a media availability today in Tallahassee, Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning announced plans to contract with a Tampa recycler to pick up and remarket or resell the electronic touch screens in Florida.
“Creative Recycling provides an environmentally friendly way for us to recycle the electronic machines,” said Secretary Browning. “This is the best option for Florida as we move forward in implementing a paper based, optical scan voting system.”
Creative Recycling, a major electronics recycler, will be responsible for picking up the 29,000 touch screen machines from 18 Florida counties. Once the machines are on site in Tampa, the first priority will be to remarket the machines to other jurisdictions in the United States and in the world. Next, Creative Recycling will de-manufacture the touch screen and sell the usable parts, for example, the wheels on the voting booths or the screen of the machine. After all components are remarketed, the remaining parts will be recycled.
Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. was founded in 1994 with the mission of providing private companies, local, state and federal government and institutions with electronics recycling solutions that represent a viable, economical alternative to environmental contamination. Creative offers an efficient, cost-effective way to recycle electronic equipment, minimize liability risks, eliminate warehousing fees and ensure that proprietary information is completely removed through data destruction.