Reuse #1 - Reuse Events - Town of Concord (Rod Robison & Fred Serr)


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  • Concord’s semi-annual DropOff-SwapOff is an event that provides Concord residents the opportunity to recycle, reuse, or dispose of items that have used up their useful life. This popular event typically draws more than 900 households. As the name implies, DropOff-Swapoff is actually two events strategically located at the same site. The SwapOff take-it-or-leave-it portion of the event is a wonderful opportunity for Concord residents to pass on useful, working items to friends and neighbors. The DropOff portion of the event accepts a wide variety of items for recycling and reuse, items that can not be recycled at the curb.
  • Concord’s DropOff-SwapOff program was established in the late 1990’s when the Town’s landfill (and Swap Shed) was closed. REUSIT had successfully operated the Swap Shed for many years, dating back to the 1970’s. The closure of the landfill resulted in a municipal curbside trash & recycling program…and the DropOff-SwapOff program was developed to provide residents the opportunity to continue pass on useful, working items to friends and neighbors and to recycle and dispose of bulky objects and other items that can not be recycled at the curb.
  • Entrance to the SwapOff area for residents bringing items to swap.
  • Volunteers unload “swap-able” items from vehicles, arrange them for other residents to browse and take.
  • Traffic flow is key.
  • At the SwapOff, everything from tableware to toys to furniture find new homes. We’ve even had a boat change hands! Everything is free.
  • The DropOff collects a wide variety of items, including Non-profits collecting still-usable items for reuse (BNB, HGRM, RBMC, C2C) Items that can’t be recycled curbside (electronics, carpet, mattresses, styrofoam, etc….) Bulky items for disposal (oversized waste) Items needing proper disposal (unwanted meds, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc….)
  • The “Small Stuff” area collects a little bit of everything…
  • Prices set to cover vendor charges, police & CPW staff time on day of the event and other incidental expenses (food, printing,…)
  • Interstate Refridgerant
  • Framingham Salvage and Waste Management
  • We try to have some fun, too!
  • Made entirely of items being discarded at the DropOff.
  • Team Leaders: Point person for each position Responsible for supplies Train new volunteers Answer resident questions Provide information Provide feedback after event
  • Along with several police officers…volunteers direct traffic.
  • Distribute price sheets…and direct traffic.
  • Determine charges based on pricing guidelines…and direct traffic.
  • Unload carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture, etc. from vehicles High school students come in very handy for this.
  • Unload scrap metal and oversized waste.
  • Sort sneakers, bag styrofoam…
  • Sorting “Small Stuff”: video cassettes, CDs, towels, plastic bags, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, etc.
  • Collect payment at Check-out…
  • …and direct traffic.
  • And have fun!
  • Rely heavily on student volunteers (offer community service credit) Important to have right mix of students and adults
  • Reuse #1 - Reuse Events - Town of Concord (Rod Robison & Fred Serr)

    1. 1. Concord’s DropOff-SwapOff Program Prepared By: Rod Robison, Environmental Services Program Administrator Fred Serr, REUSIT President Sponsored By Concord Public Works and REUSIT
    2. 2. What is DropOff-SwapOff? <ul><li>Semi-annual one-day event </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for Concord residents to reuse, recycle or dispose of items they no longer need </li></ul><ul><li>Typically draws more than 900 households </li></ul><ul><li>The SwapOff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave-it-or-take-it portion of the event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity for residents to pass on useful, working items to friends and neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The DropOff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepts a wide variety of items for reuse, recycling or disposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items that can not be recycled at the curb </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. A Brief History <ul><li>REUSIT operated a Swap Shed at Concord’s landfill for many years, dating back to the 1970’s </li></ul><ul><li>The Town’s landfill (and Swap Shed) closed in the mid 1990’s </li></ul><ul><li>The closure of the landfill resulted in a municipal curbside trash & recycling program </li></ul><ul><li>REUSIT organized small-scale Swap events and occasional styrofoam collections over the next few years </li></ul><ul><li>Concord’s DropOff-SwapOff program was established in 1998 </li></ul>
    4. 4. Organization Concord Public Works and REUSIT…a perfect partnership
    5. 5. A Team Effort… <ul><li>Concord Public Works </li></ul><ul><li>- Schedules and manages vendors </li></ul><ul><li>- Provides site, site preparation & advertising </li></ul><ul><li>- Coordinates Traffic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>REUSIT </li></ul><ul><li>- Recruits, schedules and manages upwards of 140 volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>- Develops job descriptions and provides training </li></ul><ul><li>Joint </li></ul><ul><li>- Pre- and post-event planning and feedback </li></ul>
    6. 6. Site Map
    7. 7. SwapOff
    8. 8. Acceptable Items: <ul><li>Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Toys </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Patio Items </li></ul><ul><li>Household Items </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>No charge for SwapOff—everything is free </li></ul>
    9. 9. Restrictions <ul><li>Residents only until 1:00pm </li></ul><ul><li>No parking (spaces for unloading only) </li></ul><ul><li>Only volunteers unload vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Items need to be in clean working order </li></ul><ul><li>No children’s car seats, broken furniture, outdated athletic equipment, exercise equipment, building materials, mattresses </li></ul>
    10. 14. DropOff
    11. 15. Items Collected <ul><li>Bikes </li></ul><ul><li>Household Goods & Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Reusable Building Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s Equipment & Toys </li></ul><ul><li>Unwanted Medication & SHARPS </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Carpet </li></ul><ul><li>Mattresses </li></ul><ul><li>Upholstered Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>Scrap Metal & Appliances </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets </li></ul><ul><li>Styrofoam Block </li></ul><ul><li>Oversized Waste </li></ul>
    12. 16. Items Collected…continued <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Backpacks </li></ul><ul><li>Athletic Shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Printer Cartridges </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phones </li></ul><ul><li>CD’s, VHS, DVD’s, Floppy Disks </li></ul><ul><li>Crayons </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Fluorescent Bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags </li></ul><ul><li>Rags & Towels </li></ul><ul><li>Tyvek </li></ul>
    13. 17. Pricing <ul><li>Goal: Event is self-funding; income covers costs </li></ul><ul><li>Charge for items that incur costs for recycling/disposal </li></ul>
    14. 18. Vendors
    15. 28. Other Vendors… <ul><li>Medical Waste Disposal Company Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>We Get Rid Of It </li></ul><ul><li>ACT Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>NIKE </li></ul><ul><li>Veolia </li></ul><ul><li>Conigliaro </li></ul>
    16. 29. DropOff Collection Statistics <ul><li>Recyclable Materials Collected 1998-2010: </li></ul><ul><li>Scrap Metal 275 Tons </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics 232 Tons </li></ul><ul><li>C & D Materials 218 Tons </li></ul><ul><li>Styrofoam 3,271 55 gal. bags </li></ul><ul><li>Appliances 1,437 units </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycles 976 units </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic Bags 540 55 gal. bags </li></ul><ul><li>Carpeting 36 Tons </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phones 1,106 units </li></ul>
    17. 30. Still More “Vendors”….
    18. 31. The Sculptor
    19. 32. The Band
    20. 33. The Radio Station
    21. 34. Advertising <ul><li>Concord Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Flyer </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Word of Mouth </li></ul>
    22. 35. The Volunteer Effort…
    23. 36. Volunteer Coordination <ul><li>Volunteers stationed in each area, focused on one task </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the day into 2-3 hour “shifts” </li></ul><ul><li>Use on-line sign-up and scheduling to ensure coverage of all areas </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers can sign up for one or several shifts </li></ul><ul><li>~100 DropOff volunteers, ~40 for SwapOff </li></ul><ul><li>Designated Team Leaders for most areas </li></ul>
    24. 37. Volunteers stationed in each area
    25. 38. Volunteer Positions: DropOff <ul><li>Traffic (5) </li></ul><ul><li>Check In (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Check Out (3-4) </li></ul><ul><li>Pricers (4) </li></ul><ul><li>Scrap Metal, Appliance & Propane Tanks (4-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Oversized Waste (6-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Carpets & Furniture (2-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Small Stuff (6-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Styrofoam (6-7) </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics (4-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Bikes Not Bombs (1-2) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Sign-In & Information Table (1) </li></ul>
    26. 39. Volunteer Positions: SwapOff <ul><li>Unloading/Traffic (12-15) </li></ul><ul><li>Sorting (4) </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics SwapOff (4-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Check-in & Holding Zone (2-3) </li></ul>
    27. 40. Volunteer Responsibilities <ul><li>What do all those volunteers do? </li></ul>
    28. 50. Volunteer Responsibilities...continued <ul><li>Check in at sign-in desk </li></ul><ul><li>Wear safety vest </li></ul><ul><li>Direct attendees to appropriate area </li></ul><ul><li>Remind parents: kids under 10 remain in car </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions </li></ul><ul><li>Clean up </li></ul><ul><li>Provide feedback at wrap up meeting </li></ul><ul><li>HAVE FUN! </li></ul>
    29. 52. Volunteer Training <ul><li>Volunteer letter w/ job description </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-event training </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Team Leader assistance </li></ul>
    30. 53. Volunteer Recruitment <ul><li>E-mail & mailings to previous volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>CCHS Volunteer Fair & Environmental Club </li></ul><ul><li>Concord Journal </li></ul><ul><li>REUSIT Website </li></ul><ul><li>Town Website </li></ul><ul><li>Flyer </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul>
    31. 54. Business Recycling Event
    32. 55. Business Recycling This semi-annual event provides Concord businesses with a safe and low-cost opportunity to properly dispose of computers, monitors, printers, TV’s, fax machines, other electronics and fluorescent bulbs. The event is co-sponsored by Concord Public Works and Complete Recycling Solutions, and is held at the 300 Baker Ave. Ext. parking lot thanks to Normandy Real Estate.
    33. 56. 2010 Business Recycling Highlights <ul><li>6,604 linear feet of fluorescent bulbs and 13,301 lbs of computers and electronics were collected from businesses at the April and October business recycling events. </li></ul>
    34. 57. Advertising <ul><li>Concord Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul>
    35. 58. Questions & Answers