An ATM that recycles personal electronics while paying customers cash is now available at Marshall Town Center, 3500 S. Center St.
The ecoATM Kiosk recycles used cell phones, tablets and MP3 players and is near Riddle's Jewelry by the mall's main entrance.
T-R PHOTO BY MIKE DONAHEY
Pictured is the ecoATM near the main entrance of Marshall Town Center, 3500 S. Center St., Marshalltown.
"We know that many of our customers have old, unused electronics stuffed away in closets and drawers," said Ken Huge, mall general manager. "Now, with the proliferation of new tablets like the iPad mini and new phones, ecoATM is here to help people recycle their old devices and put money in their pockets."
The machine was installed Oct. 29 and shoppers have been curious, Huge said.
By recycling personal electronic devices, each ecoATM saves the energy equivalent of removing 22 houses from the power grid and reduces green house gasses equivalent to removing three cars from the road.
ecoATM has installed more than 550 kiosks in 38 states and finds a second life for 60 percent of the devices it collects and recycles others.
The company, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system that uses a patented system of high-tech electronics to evaluate and buy back used electronics directly from consumers for cash or store credit.
It incorporates features that validate sellers identity to deter the sale of stolen phones in cooperation with local law enforcement.
Mall business hours are 10-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10-7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit marshalltowncenter.com, or 641-752-6200.