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January 2, 2013

Shelby Twp. initiates ‘give-back’ program through recycling

By Brad D. Bates
C & G Staff Writer

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Shelby Twp. initiates ‘give-back’ program through recycling
Vintage Tech Recyclers’ Brent Adams drives a forklift filled with recycled electronics. Vintage Tech Recyclers and the Shelby Township Solid Waste and Recycling Commission are installing a “community give-back program” in 2013 to benefit local charities.

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The good deed that is Shelby Township’s monthly electronics recycling program is even better in 2013.

As part of the township’s new contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers, which runs the monthly collection of items, such as computers, DVD players and other appliances on the final Saturday of every month, charitable and community organizations can earn funds by volunteering at the events.

“At the Dec. 4 board meeting, a contract was approved by the board with Vintage Tech that included a revenue reimbursement bonus,” said Trustee Paula Filar of the plan, now known as the “community give-back program.”

Estimates based on collection totals from 2011 and 2012 have charities able to earn roughly $800 per month, based on the weight of electronics dropped off at the township municipal grounds.

“I think it’s a great idea, and a way to raise funds for groups that will make Shelby Township a better place,” Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis said. “We are always looking for new revenue streams, and this is a great one.”

Along with Shelby Township, there will be two groups benefitting at each collection, a “co-sponsoring organization” and a “community benefactor.”

“Co-sponsoring organizations are able to participate in receiving some of the funds,” Filar said. “In order to be a co-sponsoring organization, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) service organization or public educational organization within Shelby Township.

“It is required that 51 percent overall of the organization’s charitable efforts need to be spent on Shelby Township residents. And the organization must be run by non-paid volunteers, or a very low percentage of their revenue must be used to pay administrative costs,” Filar added.

Filar said, after the first few months of collections, co-sponsoring organizations would be picked on a “first-come, first-served basis.”

“They qualify by just completing a form we will have,” she said. “They are able to contact the Department of Public Works, and the representative in the Department of Public Works can work them through the process.

“We require organizations to provide volunteers to work at the events, and it would only require one or two adults working the event,” Filar added. “Now, if they want children there in youth groups, we still need adults overseeing the program.”

Co-sponsoring organizations receive 25 percent of the revenue received from that event, or $250 — whichever is greater.

The other 75 percent of the funds collected would be used within Shelby Township for environmental beautification or environmental quality projects with community benefactors.

“Community benefactors would be committees or clubs recognized by the Charter Township of Shelby, and entities that contribute solely to the welfare of Shelby Township,” Filar said.

“It could be the Beautification Committee; it could be our Solid Waste and Recycling Committee; or it could be the Gardeners Club. It could be any organization within Shelby that is going to use the funds for environmental beautification or some recycling efforts.”

Filar said the program will kick-off with the first electronics recycling collection of 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

“I would encourage any of the organizations that would be participating organizations to contact the DPW and get on our list,” Filar said.

“For the first two months, we’re not going to go on a first-come, first-served basis. We’re going to work with organizations that can come in and actually help us draft and implement and operate this.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brad D. Bates at bbates@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1029.