WastePro USA donates recycling bins to Union Habitat ReStore
In an effort to support Union County Habitat for Humanity’s mission and encourage the community to recycle, WastePro USA recently donated 100 96-gallon recycling bins to the Habitat ReStore in Monroe.
The brand-new bins will be placed at 12 different Union County schools, where recyclable materials will be collected and transported back to the ReStore. Union County Habitat sells the recycled material and uses all of the proceeds to fund Habitat houses in the area. The addition of these bins will save the schools $6,000.
WastePro Services and Union County Habitat are both members of the ITBA. When ITBA co-founder and town councilman Robert Allen identified both the needs of Union County Habitat and the participating schools, he approached WastePro about contributing bins. “I knew WastePro had just acquired a bunch of bins,” Allen said. “We have a very friendly relationship, and these guys are just so community-oriented. I told them we really needed 100 (bins), but we could use 50, but they were able to get all 100.”
Allen, along with ITBA founder and town councilwoman Darlene Luther, helped ensure a smooth connection between both parties. Plans soon solidified, and the Habitat ReStore saw the dream become reality on Friday, Feb. 10, when a WastePro truck arrived at the store to deliver all 100 bins.
Mike Reece, executive director for Union County Habitat, was surprised and grateful to learn that WastePro was able to contribute the 100 bins.
“I just feel an overall gratitude for an organization like this that would step up,” Reece said. “At Habitat, we don’t have the resources to go out and buy bins. This allows us to grow and do more.”
In 2011, the Monroe ReStore recycled 250 tons of material, generating $40,000, which financed about 80 percent of a Habitat house. Habitat’s goal for 2012 is to be able to build an entire house from the proceeds of recycled material, which costs approximately $50,000.
Currently, the funds from the ReStore are helping build houses in the first-ever all-Habitat subdivision, Gulf Bay Estates, in Marshville. Gulf Bay Estates is a 2-street neighborhood and will ultimately hold 19 houses.
Reece says Union County Habitat hopes to have recycling bins in all Union County public schools within the next 18 months. “This is kind of a pilot project, so we’ll sit down in June and see where we stand,” he said.