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Recycle Ministry

Call 616-842-6370 to schedule a free pick up of your unwanted metal or electronics.

 

We  take anything metal, even if it is only partially metal.

That includes Christmas tree lights!

We also take electronics – except TVs & CRTs.  Anything that plugs in

or runs on a battery we can recycle environmentally.

First Christian Reformed Church embraced environmental projects two decades ago when it joined forces with Love in Action, a non-profit agency that works with area churches to coordinate programs to meet the basic needs of families – to provide used, donated appliances to those who need them.

The success of the Appliance Ministry coupled with a commitment to Creation Care and Environmental Stewardship led to organized recycle programs for pop cans and water bottles, a ministry that is coordinated by the middle school youth group, and a very successful toner and ink cartridge recycle program. Both of these are generously supported by the congregation and successfully lend support to youth group expenses and office supplies respectively.

 

Metal Recycling Begins: In March of 2008 this small congregation was faced with a distressing need for the major repair or replacement of a very inefficient boiler system. With no church funds for the impending cost of nearly $20,000, it embraced and began its most visible and aggressive environmental program, the Metal Recycle Ministry. Staffed wholly by volunteers, the Metal Recycle Ministry picks up all types of metal throughout the community and delivers that metal to a metal recycling facility twenty-five miles south for appropriate recycling. Items are collected, dismantled and separated into different types of metal before delivery to the metal recycle facility.

 

Total Pounds Recycled Since Inception:
nearly 1,850,000 lbs!

A typical week of 20-25 hours of volunteer time would find the crew of 10-12 individuals collecting brass fixtures, aluminum siding, exercise equipment, radiators, A/C units, refrigerators and other non-working appliances, dehumidifiers, motors, metal stakes, Christmas lights, saws, large metal doors, bird feeders, lamps, coffee pots, chairs, lots of pipes and tubes, antennas, buckets of hardware and tin cans, fans, copper pipes, and miscellaneous wire resulting in nearly 2,000 lbs. of scrap metal being recycled weekly versus placed in a landfill.  The congregation was committed and continues to offer free weekly pick ups of metal.

 

Electronics Recycling is Born:  In 2010, faced with ongoing requests from members in the community, the Recycle Team developed a strategy to recycle electronics such as stereos, computer equipment and more.

WHAT METAL, ELECTRONICS AND RETURNABLES CAN WE RECYCLE?

Anything with a cord, battery or motor.

Anything metal

All Michigan returnable pop/beer cans and bottles (we’ll return it)!

This includes all types of metal – steel, copper, brass, aluminum, stainless.

This includes items that are broken, unusable, rusty or unrecognizable.

NO TVS OR COMPUTER MONITORS

 

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES TO GET YOU THINKING:

9×13 pans air conditioners aluminum boats aluminum ladders animal traps baking utensils battery chargers beverage cans bikes & bike pumps boat batteries
boat ladders brake pads brooms w/ metal handles cameras car batteries car parts cast iron pans cast iron sinks & tubs ceiling fans cell phones
 cement mixers chain link fence Christmas lights clothesline poles coat hangers coat hooks coffee bean grinders coffee makers commercial a/c units commercial refrigerators
computer cords computer keyboards computer mice computer towers cookie sheets cooking grates copper pipe copy machines curling irons decorative tins
dehumidifiers dental equipment dishwashers door knobs drills drinking fountains dryers DVD players electric mixers electric toothbrushes
electrical cords engine blocks exercise equipment extension cords fans faucets-all types fax machines fence posts file sorters filing cabinets
filmstrip machines fire rings fireplace cooking tripods fireplace grates fireplace screens fireplace tools fluorescent light fixtures foil baking pans folding chairs
food cans freezers full size mixers furnaces futons garden stakes garden tools gas cans gas tanks grills
hairdryers hair product cans handheld games handheld mixers hardware kitchen utensils lamps landline phones laptops
lawn chairs lawn ornaments light fixtures LP tanks mailboxes metal car top carriers metal desks metal house numbers metal ice cube trays metal sheds
microwaves mole traps mops w/ metal handles motorcycle parts muffin tins mufflers nails office chairs overhead projectors paper clips
patio chairs patio firepits patio tables PCB-free ballasts pencil sharpeners percolator coffee pots pie tins pitcher pump plumbing fixtures ple barns
pool ladders porch swings pots & pans power tools printers pumps radios rakes record players refrigerators
registers scanners scissors screen doors screens screws serving trays sharp knives shelf units shelving
shovels silverware stereo components storm doors stoves supply wire Swiffer Wet Jet thumb tacks toaster ovens toasters
tomato cages towel bars tricycles tweezers umbrellas unicycles VCRs vending machines wagons walkie talkies
washers waste baskets water heaters wheel barrows wine racks