DAO Recycling has two missions: to protect the Earth through recycling items that would otherwise go to the landfill, and to create green jobs for people that have major barriers to employment.
Cal Hultquist and Dana Eveland founded DAO in 2009 with $4000 and a truck. The founders, both certified through the EPA, each have areas of expertise that make DAO work. Hultquist was involved with the Recycling Task Force in Atlanta, GA and is a former government investigator, and Eveland is a certified mechanic with experience in logistics transportation. Together the environmentalists are committed to educating the public on how to recycle appliances and put people back into the workforce.
DAO will pick up and recycle major appliances, riding mowers and heavy metal items for no charge. Most appliance pickups are scheduled within 72 hours and free drop-offs can be made 24 hours a day at the Recycling Center located on the near east side of Indianapolis, 3518 E. Michigan Street. Visit www.daoindy.com or call 317.375.7788 to learn more about the extensive list of recyclables DAO accepts, including polystyrene (Styrofoam) as well as items such as metal clothes hangers, carpet, bikes, musical instruments, packing materials, and mattresses. Most items are free to drop off, but some such as mattresses incur a small $5-$10 fee due to the processing required.
DAO offers Industrial, Commercial, Farm and Medical recycling in addition to residential recycling. The free and secure IT equipment recycling is beneficial to businesses as well as the environment. As of January 1 of 2011, entities may no longer dispose of electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, TV’s, etc. in with municipal waste that is intended for disposal in a landfill or incinerator.
The Discount Appliance store, located on the west side at 6250 W. 38th Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and offers a wide range of refurbished appliances and services, including delivery, setup and repair.