Shelby Township SWARC reopens electronics recycling to all communities

After researching ways to save the monthly Shelby Township Electronics Recycling Program, members of the township’s Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and officials from GreenTech Recyclers found common ground to continue the long successful program. pi5eKkkiB

Under the new agreement between the SWARC and GreenTech, the event will once again be open to everyone, irrespective of the community in which they live from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 25th at the Shelby Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave. 

The new terms of the collection, which occurs the final Saturday of every month, have each car dropping off items paying a $5 fee with $1 of that fee going to the local charity staffing the collection. The fee also includes up to one Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and televisions. Additional CRTs can be recycled for $10 per CRT.

“Everyone involved in the program or anyone who has used the program knows that it is very important to our residents and community,” said Township Trustee Paula Filar, who serves on the SWARC. “And I’m very happy to announce the event is back open to all communities and will allow us to collect even more electronics that would otherwise pollute our environment.”


Mom 2 Mom Sale at the Community Center

mom2momsale000Are your kids outgrowing their old clothes? Cleaning out the closets?

Just in time for spring cleaning, the Shelby Community Center (51670 Van Dyke Avenue) is hosting a Mom 2 Mom Sale on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00am – 1:00pm. This is a perfect opportunity to sell clothes, baby accessories, or large toys that your children are no longer using. It’s also a great chance to buy affordable and gently-used items from your neighbors.

This event is open to individuals and families ONLY – NO VENDORS.

The entry fee is $1 per adult, cash only. No strollers are permitted before 11:00am to save on space. Additional fees are applicable for sellers, including: $18 for a six foot table (supplied by Community Center); $3 for rack space (bring your own, no round racks please); $2 per large item, limit 5 large items per person, please pre-register for large items.


Clean Up Day and Adopt-A-Road Signage


The 2016 Shelby Township Clean Up Day Event will be held on Saturday, April 30.  Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Municipal Offices at 52700 Van Dyke. The registration location is a new location from previous years. Pizza and beverages will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. back at the Municipal Offices.

All residents are welcome, including walk-ins! We are hoping to see 800 volunteers this year, many from local organizations and businesses that are also part of the Adopt-A-Road program. The Adopt-A-Road program currently has 57 groups that clean designated roads on Clean Up Day each year, but there are still sections of roads available for adoption.

The Macomb County Department of Roads will install Adopt-A-Road signs at the beginning and ending of a group’s assignment to recognize its participation.

For more information about Clean Up Day or the Adopt-A-Road program, please visit the “Latest News” section of the Shelby Township Website,  watch Shelby TV, or contact the Clerk’s Office.

If you are driving in Shelby Township on April 30, please be courteous and exercise safety around the volunteers. Let’s keep Shelby clean and green!



Help out with the 2015 Shelby Township spring clean-up

Help the Charter Township of Shelby spruce up for summer with its various spring cleaning events April 25.

The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee and the Department of Public Works are hosting Hosuehold Hazardous Waste Collection with Rizzo Environmental Services for all Shelby Township single-family residential Rizzo Environmental Services customers. The SWRC is also hosting its regular, monthly Electronics Recycling Collection with Vintage Tech Recyclers. Both events will take place at shelby Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave.

The Beautification Committee is hosting its annual Clean-up Day Event with check-in at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby Township Community Center at 51670 Van Dyke Ave.

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Shelby Township Board, Solid Waste and Recycling Committee award first give-back grant

pi5eKkkiBAs if recycling did not pay dividends enough, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees and the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee found another way to make the world a better place with funds raised at the township’s monthly electronics recycling event.

Through the township’s contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers, which runs the monthly collection of items, such as computers, DVD players and other electronics on the final Saturday of every month, the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee established the Community Give-Back Program in 2013.

This program allows charitable and community organizations to earn funds by volunteering at the events or through a “community benefactor” grant. The first grant was awarded Dec. 16 as the Board of Trustees presented $10,000 to the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Committee to be used for a new splash park at Chief Gene Shepherd Park.

“Shelby Township has the only recurring monthly electronics recycling event in the entire state of Michigan, so this award is a way of making a great situation even better,” said Trustee and SWARC member Paula Filar. “We’ve been able to keep tons of toxic materials out of landfills and raise funds to help charities and beautify one of our parks. It’s truly remarkable”

“I think it’s a great idea, and a way to raise funds for groups that will make Shelby Township a better place,” Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis said. “We are always looking for new revenue streams, and this is a great one.”

The program allows for two groups to benefit from each monthly collection with a “co-sponsoring organization” earning funds tied directly to that month’s collection earning 25 percent of the revenue received from that event, or $250 — whichever is greater.

“Co-sponsoring organizations are able to participate in receiving some of the funds,” Filar said. “In order to be a co-sponsoring organization, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) service organization or public educational organization within Shelby Township.

“It is required that 51 percent overall of the organization’s charitable efforts need to be spent on Shelby Township residents. And the organization must be run by non-paid volunteers, or a very low percentage of their revenue must be used to pay administrative costs,” Filar added.

The second beneficiary is an annual “community benefactor” such as the Parks and Recreation Committee, whose 2014 grant came from a pool of revenue generated by the other 75 percent of the funds collected at monthly events. These benefactors must use funds within Shelby Township for environmental beautification or environmental quality projects with community benefactors.

“Community benefactors could be committees or clubs recognized by the Charter Township of Shelby, and entities that contribute solely to the welfare of Shelby Township,” Filar said. “And I would encourage any of the organizations that would like to take part as participating co-sponsor organizations to contact the DPW.”

Based on collection totals from 2013 and 2014, co-sponsor charities have earned roughly $326 per month for a grand total of $6,845.50 while collecting 627,285 pounds of electronics for safe disposal, and $19,013.82 has been collected for the community benefactor fund.

The free electronics recycling events take place at the Municipal Grounds, 52700 Van Dyke the last Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., except in December.  This program is open to all communities.  Computers and accessories, televisions, phones, microwaves and more are accepted.  For more information about the electronics recycling events or SWARC, call the DPW at (586) 726-7272 or visit .