Posted by Suzanne Welch, Common Goods General Manager.
Common Goods held its first two-day Recycle Mania event on Jan 6-7, 2012. We had a beautiful weekend, weather-wise (practically unheard of in Minnesota!), and community members recycled over 2,3oo pounds of electronics and corded items! We were excited to give donors a tangible way to get a jump-start on cleaning up and cleaning out their storage spaces in the new year.
Hughes Technology was an amazing partner. Elizabeth and her team of passionate recyclers will disassemble the items we collected and recycle their parts properly. We are thankful for the partnership we’ve built with Hughes Technology over the past couple years, which is what helped make and event like this possible.
Common Goods strives to be more than “just” a thrift store. We intentionally use our store as a platform for education to our customers, donors and the broader community on how, where, and what to donate–and when an item has survived past its useful life, how and where to properly put it to rest–very often by recycling it.
This year we plan to once again partner with Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and Hughes Technology for a community-wide Earth Day event in April. Community members will be able to donate and recycle their items all at one place, at the ReStore. In November, we plan to team up with Hughes Technology again for America Recycles Day. Mark your calendars now and watch Facebook (click to “like” our page) and our website for details!