GROW begins capital campaign for new building

By 
Cindy Mullet Ranger-review Staff Writer
Sunday, May 22, 2022
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GROW volunteers Steve Merrill, left, and Bruce Peterson break down cardboard at the facility in the Uran Center Friday. Hunter Herbaugh photo

Less than a year and a half after establishing recycling in the Uran Center, Glendive Recycles Our Waste has started a capital campaign asking for money to help build a new facility.

Community response with donations of cardboard and plastic has been so great that GROW has outgrown its space in the Uran Center, has purchased a half acre of land in West Glendive and is looking to build on it, GROW treasurer Bruce Peterson explained.

At a board and volunteer meeting Monday night, members agreed to begin contacting local businesses and individuals, asking them to make a one-time tax deductible gift to fund construction of a 36-foot by 64-foot recycling center. Contributions can be made by going to www.growglendive.com, mailed to GROW at PO Box 731, or deposited in a GROW building fund account at Bravera Bank, he said.

In asking for contributions, campaign information explains that once GROW has its building, any profits it makes will be given back to the community in the form of grants and/or gifts.

With their permission, donors to the campaign will be recognized on permanent signs at the new facility, on the GROW Facebook and website pages, at on open house and in a Ranger-Review ad.

Progress has begun on preparing the building site, GROW president Bonita Jenkins noted. A trailer that was sitting on the site has been pulled out. Tuesday and Wednesday, Bagwell Tree Service removed trees and stumps and cleared brush. Building committee members have met with a contractor who is preparing a proposal for construction of the building. Fisher Sand and Gravel has also promised assistance with site preparation for the building.

“We are humbled and grateful for the support we have received from the community,” a campaign pamphlet notes. “We appreciate the 100-plus businesses and community members who save their cardboard and plastic for the GROW recycling center.”

In its first month at the Uran Center GROW volunteers collected and processed 11 bales of cardboard. Now volunteers are averaging six to seven bales every week. GROW’s first semi shipment of 52 cardboard bales, including bales donated by Tractor Supply, were loaded in May 2021, three months after the facility opened. Since then, GROW has shipped off seven loads, averaging 44 bales a load, Peterson noted.

While GROW initially only collected corrugated cardboard, in July 2021 a baler for plastics, purchased through a grant from the Glendive Masonic Lodge, was installed and the collection of number one and two plastics was started. With a donation from Chuck and Diane Bondley, a trailer was purchased to facilitate transport of the plastic bales to a recycling center in Billings.

Collection of plastic started slowly but in the last few months it has increased exponentially. Last week volunteers Darren Hagen and Steve Merrill delivered over a ton of plastic to Billings for recycling, Jenkins noted.

Cardboard and plastic can be dropped off at GROW in the Uran Center from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bins for plastic and a cage for cardboard are located outside the facility for drop-offs when no volunteers are there.

Cardboard must be corrugated (no paper board such as in cereal boxes), broken down and clean with any staples removed. Pizza boxes or any other boxes with grease or oil on them have to be discarded. Plastic bottles should be rinsed out and caps removed. The white plastic caps on water bottles can be recycled through the American Legion.

Reach Cindy Mullet at crmullet@rangerreview.com.

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