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Turn Back the Clock and Recycle

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Nov. 6 event to keep salvageable items from landfills

BY SARAH ELMS selms@record-eagle.com Oct 24, 2016
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TRAVERSE CITY — Two years ago Bay Area Recycling for Charities recycled 30,000 pounds of dated television sets at the biannual Clean Up Green Up.

“It’s shocking when you actually quantify it,” said Ella Cooper-Froehlich, chair of Michigan Green Consortium.

It’s a glimpse of the amount of recyclable and reusable material collected at the community event the consortium hosts during each daylight saving time. This season 14 area companies are partnering on Nov. 6 to keep items out of area landfills.

They’ll be at American Waste’s facility at 280 Hughes Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting a wide range of items, many of which are otherwise difficult or expensive to recycle.

TC Office Express is new to the event this season and will accept ink and toner cartridges. Image 360 will take commercial signage of all types, including backlit and neon illuminated. Participants can drop off snow blowers, chainsaws, air compressors and lawn mowers with Roy’s General Store, and Team Elmer’s will be at the end of the line accepting asphalt and concrete.

“Everyone recognizes the importance of managing our waste stream. It’s an enormous problem across the United States,” Cooper-Froehlich said.

BARC will again be collecting TVs, computer monitors, mattresses and box springs, but this year they ask community members to haul those items to their facility at 1732 Barlow St. People can pick up a $10 off coupon at the American Waste facility when they drop off their other recyclables and use that coupon when they take their large items to BARC.

BARC typically charges $20 to recycle those items, but Clean Up Green Up participants can cut that cost in half.

“Being a small nonprofit, we’re pretty proud of the fact that we can take in so many hard-to-recycle items,” said Andy Gale, BARC founder and president.

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region’s Restore will accept clean plastic grocery bags, books, screen doors, ladders, tools and clean upholstered furniture. The store will resell the items at below average prices and use the profits to help build Habitat for Humanity homes throughout Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.

“I love that we give the community an opportunity for this,” Restore Manager Donna Castor said. “It’s always a fun day and we make a lot of new contacts.”

Event organizers expect to see 1,000-1,200 carloads at American Waste on Nov. 6. There will be volunteers on site to help unload recyclable and reusable materials.

“It’s a very wonderful thing to see the volume and the groundswell of local support for this event,” Cooper-Froehlich said. “It gives us a warm feeling that this actually makes a difference.”

The consortium cannot accept dirty or broken upholstered furniture, toilets or sinks, tires, fiberglass, carpet, paint, household cleaners, pesticides, insecticides or toxic chemicals.

Visit cleanupgreenup.com for a complete list of accepted items and schedule.

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