ITC Michigan recycles 4 miles of copper with Goodwill program

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ITC Michigan, through its ITCTransmission unit, delivered 11,500 pounds, or four miles, of old copper conductor to Goodwill’s Green Works, a unit of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, which has provided asset reuse and recycling solutions since 2010.

Green Works’ industrial recycling team will process and sell the copper, resulting in job training opportunities and about $12,600 in revenue for training, education and career placements programs for Metro-Detroiters.

“We are incredibly thankful for our ongoing partnership with ITC Michigan and its interest in our mission,” said Jay Wilber, president of Green Works. “Working with ITC Michigan helps Green Works continue its commitment to our triple bottom line: reducing the ecological impact of industrial waste, growing human capital skills in the Detroit-area, and generating financial results to continue Goodwill Detroit’s valuable community programs.”

ITC Michigan is upgrading its 120,000 volt (120 kV) Bloomfield – Hamlin transmission line that serves the Auburn Hills, Pontiac and Rochester Hills communities. This project will improve the reliability of high-voltage electrical service in the area by replacing the current 120 kV double-circuit towers with 230 kV double-circuit monopoles.

“ITC is proud to partner with Goodwill’s Green Works to recycle copper conductor,” said Simon Whitelocke, vice president of ITC Holdings Corp., and president of ITC Michigan. “This project exemplifies our commitment to environmental stewardship and the communities we serve.”

This delivery marks the first time ITC Michigan has provided overhead line conductor to Green Works. In the past, Green Works worked with ITC Michigan to recycle underground conductor and substation equipment, including small instrument transformers.

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