MIDLAND – The Arnold Center is celebrating 30 years of recycling through “WeCycle,” a social enterprise program. Founded in 1991, the “WeCycle” program provides vocational development where individuals gain skills and experience in all aspects of the recycling industry. The program trains individuals in the collection of paper, cardboard, and electronics along with secure storage and shredding of materials.
As an example of the impact and volume of the “WeCycle” program, over the past thirty years the Arnold Center has recycled over 30 million pounds of paper. Recycling paper not only reduces the waste that goes into landfills, but it also lowers the number of trees cut down to meet paper needs, which is good for the environment because the spared trees can then process carbon dioxide into oxygen instead.
We are very proud to be a part of recycling as recycling makes a world of difference. A Native American proverb sums up the need to recycle best, “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” said Jennifer Grace, Executive Director.
To commemorate 30 years of recycling by the “WeCycle” program, the Arnold Center will be highlighting a number of “recycle” facts and benefits on their Facebook social media page throughout the month of April. The highlights and benefits of recycling will culminate on Thursday April 22, 2021 (Earth Day) with a community paper and cardboard recycle drop-off at the Arnold Center Midland location from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On April 29, the Arnold Center will be partnering with Dow for a clean-up day at Eagle Ridge Park.
The Arnold Center is a community rehabilitation organization with locations in Midland and Gladwin that provides services to individuals with barriers to employment. These programs are designed to strengthen the community through advancing the skills of those that are most vulnerable. Their service programs increase self-sufficiency skills that strengthen independence, vocational abilities, soft skills, and community engagement.