Civicorps SchoolsRecyclingEarned Income Venture Civicorps Schools Bruce Groulx
Recycling Program Overview Single Stream Recycling collecting 100 tons per month from 177 accounts. Aluminum, tin, glass, all plastics and all paper types collected in the same container. Collected recyclables sorted by 18 corpsmembers on a elevated sort system and baled with a horizontal baler. Five collection routes servicing 1,848 recycling carts, 218 dumpsters and five drop boxes each week.
Strategy Civicorps provides weekly single stream recycling service to 177 commercial accounts. Civicorps provides service to municipalities, universities, hospitals, regional parks, office buildings, retail businesses, restaurants and taverns. This program was chosen due to the ability to provide meaningful employment training and to meet the demands of a competitive market place.
Target Market Target market: Any entity willing to recycle and pay a service fee. Value proposition: A high level of flexible professional service. Competitive advantage: A “Rodeo Drive” recycling service and the organizational goals of educating and training at risk young people.
Operations How does the program work? Five days a week five collection vehicles collect recyclables from routes and return to the processing facility to weigh in and unload. The material is sorted and baled. Civicorps collects: Aluminum, tin, glass and #1- #6 plastic containers. Cardboard, mixed paper and office paper is also collected. Collection vehicles, recycling containers, front loader, forklift, sorting conveyors, baler and a facility.
Financial Information $900,000 for used equipment to create processing system. $400,000 for used horizontal baler and $500,000 for collection vehicles and recycling containers. Service fees range from $45 for bi weekly to $4,000 per month for a multi dwelling complex. The program is not profitable. Revenue from service fees and sale of recyclables is $491,677 and the expenditures are $1.7 million. Could you operate this program without
Collaboration Satisfied customers, Recology East Bay (Civicorps is subcontracted to provide recycling service to their accounts), East Bay Regional Parks, University of California and numerous local governments who utilize the recycling service.
Key Lessons Professional service critical. Quality control to insure clean recyclables to sell. Develop contingency plans for equipment failures to maintain service. Emphasis on corpsmember work performance.
Next Steps Increase the volume of recyclables. Expand our relationship with Recology East Bay. Offer processing service to other recyclers. Explore any opportunity.