Zero Waste Day
If copying is truly the sincerest form of flattery, then the Andover Recycling Committee is certainly blushing. Their idea to bring charities into the community for a day of Drive Thru Donating was nothing short of genius. They found that folks were happy to donate their gently used items, but they were not willing to leave town to do so. And thus was born the concept of inviting local non-profits to a centrally located parking lot where they could fill their trucks (even an 18 wheeler!) in 4 hours' time with treasures for their clients.
Did we mention the "win" for donors? Rather than bringing clothing to one non-profit and household goods to another and books to yet a third, donors could load up their cars with just about anything and donate it as quickly as picking up a hamburger and fries... tax deductible receipt included. And let's just say that Recycling Committees are happy too, because thousands of pounds of usable items are kept out of the waste stream, thereby reducing waste management costs and saving our taxpayer dollars.
TCC's first Zero Waste Day was held in 2009 and was so successful that it became an annual event, attracting 400-500 drive thru donors and recyclers each year. We feel blessed to coordinate a feel good event that serves both our community and our neighbors in need.
If you would like to bring Zero Waste Day to your community, check out our Plan Your Own ZWD guide.
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