Habitat for Humanity Opens New Recycling Center

Habitat staff and volunteers, project sponsors and members of the Springfield Chamber's ambassadors group cut the ribbon on Habitat for Humanity Springfield's new ReCycle for Homes recycling center.

Tuesday afternoon was a cause for celebration at Habitat for Humanity Springfield’s ReStore on South Scenic Avenue. The long process of establishing the non-profit’s new recycling center is now complete, and they invited the public and key supporters to share in the ribbon cutting.

CFO helped with the establishment of the ReCycle for Homes recycling center with a $10,000 grant as part of the 2009-10 Metro Springfield Community Grantmaking Program. Other contributors included the BKD Foundation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management division.

The ReCycle for Homes recycling center will take cardboard, newspaper, plastics, aluminum and scrap metal from the general public, and serves as a welcome addition to the Springfield recycling scene since the closure of the city’s College Street facility.

Enhancing the appeal: All proceeds from the sale of the recyclable materials will go straight to Habitat’s mission of building homes for those who cannot afford them.While other national Habitat chapters do recycling projects, this is the first to directly benefit Habitat’s core mission with proceeds going directly to new homes, says Kristi Nelson, the Springfield Habitat marketing director. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which opened 13 years ago and shares land with the recycling center, funds the chapter’s overhead.

The ReCycle for Homes recycling center will be open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and expects to keep 113 tons of aluminum and scrap metal and 71 tons of cardboard out of local landfills. Drop-off is free, though donations are accepted. The center does not accept glass, brush or yard waste at this time.

The center and ReStore are located at 2410 S. Scenic Ave. in Springfield.

Click here for Habitat for Humanity Springfield’s full press release on the grand opening

Click here for a gallery of photos from the ribbon cutting from the Springfield News-Leader.