Thanks-Give-a-Bin! $25 helps a family recycle

Thanks-Give-a-Bin! $25 helps a family recycle

Give a curbside recycling bin this Giving Season

This past Sunday, Nov. 15 was America Recycles Day.  As we celebrate recycling across the country and head into the giving season, we encourage you donate $25 to help a Detroit family recycle.

Thanks-Give-a-Bin, if you will.

Curbside residential recycling is finally available throughout Detroit, but many families are struggling to purchase the one-time $25 fee for a cart. That’s where you come in. Zero Waste Detroit and our MEC partners set up a system that lets you donate $25 or more to help Detroit families recycle. We work with the city and its waste-hauling contractors to purchase and distribute the carts to households that have indicated a desire to recycle and a need for assistance to pay the fee. load test website Every penny you give goes directly toward the purchase of a recycling cart. Your gift will make a tangible impact on Detroit’s future—one that renews its value each time the recycling truck comes around.  Zero Waste Detroit member Sandra Turner-Handy reminds us:

$25 might not sound like much, but a lot of folks in the city are struggling to make ends meet, and anything non-essential just doesn’t make it into the monthly budget. This program allows anyone to play a role in Detroit’s transformation and re-energize residents to take part in their hometown’s rebirth as a thriving, sustainable city.

Last year, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan to double the Michigan residential recycling rate to 30 percent within two years. Since April, our generous supporters have brought recycling to nearly 80 Detroit households—wonderful progress, but we’ve only scratched the surface of the pent-up demand among city residents.

It’s quick and easy to make a secure online donation. You can do so by clicking here.


Here are a few reasons why your Thanks-Give-a-Bin! will have a big impact:

  • Recycling diverts reusable materials away from trash incineration.The large incinerator in Detroit is a major source of air pollution and foul odors, and contributes to high asthma death rates.
  • Recycling makes good economic from the Michigan Recycling Coalition notes that recycling creates four jobs for every waste disposal job that would be created if that material weren’t recycled.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources and energy.Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy needed to make new ones.