Local recycling effort GROW is now an independent non-profit, first board elected

Sunday, November 17, 2019
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There’s a new non-profit in town. GROW (Glendive Recycles Our Waste) officially became an independent nonprofit on Wednesday of this week.

GROW is the team of people behind Glendive’s recent recycling effort. Formed by Dawson Resource Council in 2018, GROW operated initially as a coalition between Dawson Resource Council, Makoshika State Park, and individual volunteers. During this time, GROW held community drives to collect cardboard and plastic and transported the materials to Miles City for recycling. GROW also held community forums and informational sessions about recycling. Most recently, the coalition began raising funds to establish their own, Glendive-based recycling facility.

“There is so much momentum around recycling in the community,” said Melissa Mittelstaed, newly elected vice-president of GROW, Inc. “It was time for us to establish formal non-profit status, and pursue the benefits and opportunities that can come with that.”

“We are so proud to launch GROW as a 501(c)3 Glendive organization,” she added.

GROW, Inc., ratified bylaws and elected officers and board members on Wednesday night. They are: Jinx Jenkins, president; Melissa Mittelstaed, vice-president; Bruce Peterson, treasurer; Kate Burke Braun, secretary; Maribeth Ault, board member; Mike Cash, board member; Lonnie Cross, board member; and Debbie Olson Sevier, board member.

Already, the board is getting right to work. GROW, Inc., is holding a recycling drive for both cardboard and plastic this coming Monday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 5p.m. The drive will be held in the parking lot of the EPEC and will only last until the available trailers fill up. “We’ll do our best to take as much recycling as we can,” commented Melissa, “but we’ll close up shop once we’re out of space.”

GROW last held a plastic drive in September. This will be the group’s first cardboard drive since the cardboard market bottomed out in May.

Questions? Interested in getting involved with GROW? Contact Jinx or Melissa with your questions about recycling or for volunteer opportunities. Jinx can be reached at (406) 989-0122 and Melissa can be reached at (406) 939-5869.

For its part, Dawson Resource Council is proud to have started GROW and excited to see GROW venture out on its own. “Glendive so deserves recycling opportunities,” said Rachel Torres, chair of DRC, “and this is absolutely the team of people and the organization to make that happen. We’ve made great strides over the past 3 years, but there’s so much more to be done.”

Dawson Resource Council is the Glendive affiliate of Northern Plains Resource Council, a conservation and family agriculture organization based in Billings.

“There is so much momentum around recycling in the community,” said Melissa Mittelstaed, newly elected vice-president of GROW, Inc. “It was time for us to establish formal non-profit status, and pursue the benefits and opportunities that can come with that.”
Melissa Mittelstaed
GROW vice president

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