Maine Companies Partners with American Red Cross to Launch Recycling for Relief Program

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The Maine Companies, which includes Maine Plastics and A Greener Solution, has partnered with the American Red Cross to launch Recycling for Relief. This initiative aims to use the post-industrial recycling community's infrastructure to raise needed funds to help the American Red Cross with ongoing disaster relief efforts in the wake of national emergencies, such as Hurricane Sandy.

The plan is not for this to be a Maine Companies' initiative, but to stimulate the starting point for an ongoing charitable program supported by the entire sustainability community.

During the pilot phase, the goal is to create a partnership program with manufacturers, recyclers and industry associations, as well as to raise $50,000 from November 22nd through the end of the year. The Maine Companies will provide all logistics and support for the pilot program and, in addition, make a cash contribution of at least 10% of the total pilot goal.

The Maine Companies hopes to attract and inspire recycling companies, manufacturers, associations, and others affiliated with the sustainability industry to join together to develop an ongoing support program for the American Red Cross and their relief efforts.

Here's how it works: Manufacturers and suppliers who generate plastic, metal, paper and other recyclable by-products will indicate a portion of their recyclables as a donation to the American Red Cross. The Maine Companies will pick up, process and donate the fair-market value of these recyclables to the American Red Cross.

One of the inspirations behind the program was that the Maine Companies, with more than 300 employees and eleven facilities nationwide, was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

David Spitulnik, President of the Maine Companies says, "We appreciate, first hand, the important and critical work being done by the American Red Cross. We also understand that relief efforts do not stop when the disaster is no longer front-page news. Our goal is to create a sustainable program to help the American Red Cross and their disaster relief efforts."

The Maine Companies invites all interested organizations to take part in Recycling for Relief either by donating their plastic, metal and paper by-products to the Recycling for Relief initiative or by assisting in program logistics. Alternatively, organizations can make a donation directly to the American Red Cross on behalf of Recycling for Relief.

Adds Spitulnik, "The plan is not for this to be a Maine Companies' initiative, but to stimulate the starting point for an ongoing charitable program supported by the entire sustainability community. We look forward to working with our entire community on this effort. Please consider joining us."

To take part in the Recycling for Relief program, contact David Spitulnik by calling 847.379.9100 or sending e-mail to sales(at)maineplastics(dot)com.

About The Maine Companies.
Maine Plastics is headquartered in Zion, Illinois and was established in 1983. Maine Plastics is a buyer, seller and recycler of plastics, metals, paper scrap and uncommon materials. We also offer baling, grinding, material separation, metal detection and removal services at our plants nationwide. The company processes more than 140 million pounds (63,600 metric tons) of plastics, metals and other post-industrial recyclable by-products annually. To learn more about Maine Plastics, visit http://www.maineplastics.com.

A Greener Solution focuses on improving profitability by developing and implementing comprehensive, customized by-product management programs that reduce waste streams and enhance revenue streams. We partner with manufacturers in a wide range of industries to audit waste streams and benchmark recycling, analyze opportunities to increase efficiencies, implement customized programs to maximize value and minimize costs, and achieve defined waste reduction and land-fill free goals. To learn more about A Greener Solution, visit http://www.agreenersolution.com.

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