Co-op Recycling Program Helps Feed Community Members

Co-op Recycling Program Helps Feed Community Members

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Co-op Recycling Program Helps Feed Community Members

 

A&N Electric Cooperative’s commitment to partnering with the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore goes beyond the regular volunteer work employees log at the organization’s Tasley facility.

Since 2017, the cooperative has donated over 25,000 pounds of cardboard to the Foodbank, which has created more than 6,000 meals for the organization. The donations began with the installation of the cooperative’s cardboard baler. Cardboard used to ship material and equipment is collected and crushed in the baler. When it is at capacity, the cooperative’s warehouse personnel, Bart Cunningham and Matt Jones, remove the bales and have them transported to the Foodbank headquarters.

It was Cunningham’s idea to install the baler to help reduce cardboard waste.

The Foodbank then sells the cardboard to a recycling center and collects about 10 cents per pound of cardboard. The Foodbank uses that money to purchase food, with every dollar providing about 2.5 meals.

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