A Tampa startup called E-Waste Recycling has deployed 35 free collection points for discarded electronics around the bay area, mostly in mini-warehouse self-storage facilities. The company, which takes apart old computers, cell phones, printers, pagers, stereos, cameras, copiers and PDAs at a Tarpon Springs facility, sees a profit selling the precious metals and parts. Its GreenSites collection boxes are now in 10 bay area Budget Self Storage centers and 13 of the 40 Florida mini-warehouses owned by Automated Management & Realty of Lutz, which operates warehouses under several names as Florida's Storage Solution. Wyndham Capital, a Tampa private equity firm backing the recycling venture, is working to put GreenSites in large office buildings. "Other businesses are starting to offer recycling, but usually they're stores and may charge a fee," said Mark Sage, a Wyndham managing partner. "We're free and closer to where the people and equipment are."
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LA Fitness to open sixth bay area club
LA Fitness, an Irvine, Calif., chain with more than 300 clubs, is putting its sixth club in the Tampa Bay area in a vacant Publix Super Market and onetime dollar store at 7044 22nd Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Priced and usually located to compete directly with chains like Lifestyle Family Fitness, this flashy 47,000-square-foot club will offer a three-lane lap pool, four racquetball courts, full-court basketball, child care, stationery bike spinning, aerobics and personal training. In this case, Lifestyle is three blocks away. City officials issued the permits Thursday. Opening is planned by January, said Bill Horner, the company's senior vice president of construction.