Press release:   Earth Day 2019 

The 2019 Earth Day was another perfect day, although it began with threatening weather.  It looked as though there was a record attendance, with a lot of interest in the electric cars.  The new stage location attracted more people than the past and there was music all day starting with BFD, then students from Music Life, Jigs and Reels at the fountain opening with an introduction by Mayor Cerino, followed by the Chestertown Ukulele Club, followed by Dirty Grass.

 Infinity Recycling’s Guess the Bale contest had a record number of participants, too.  And the winners are:

For the tin can bale, which weighed 1344 pounds, there was a tie! It was between Greg Farley and Eric Walls and the drawing from a hat resulted in Eric winning a gift certificate from Pay It Again, Sam.  Their guess was 1350 pounds, just 6# off!  The high guess was 8,000 pounds and the low was 7#.  The names are withheld to avoid ribbing.

For the aluminum can bale, which weighed 631 pounds, the winner was Vicky Gomez with a guess of 623#, just 8# off.  She gets a gift certificate at The Book Plate.  The high guess was 200,000 (maybe they were guessing how many?) and the low was another 7#.

For the plastic boat wrap bale, which weighed 1774 pounds, the winner was Dick Swanson with a guess of 1931#, 157# off.  He wins a gift certificate of a 16” cheese pizza at Procolino’s.  The high guess was 8,000# and the low was 9#.

Thanks for all the participation.  Thanks to Chestertown and the Chestertown Environmental Committee for organizing another great Earth Day Celebration.  Thanks to all the participating organizations.  And again thanks to our bale guess sponsors, Procolino’s, Plat It Again Sam and The Book Plate.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Do you have materials that are recyclable, but not accepted in our program?  Maryland Environmental Service has a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day in the spring and in the fall, that moves between the counties on the Eastern Shore.  The next event is on April 27, 2019 at the Nicholson Drop Off Center in Kent County.  Now is the time to clean up and clean out some of those materials that we are unable to take in our recycling programs.  

 


 

For Immediate Release:

With Chestertown ending its household battery recycling program, Infinity Recycling, a local not for profit recycling organization, is willing to take up the slack.  Infinity is proud to announce the official opening of its Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, or CHaRM.  The CHaRM was originated by EcoCycle in Boulder, CO many years ago.  The center was established to deal with materials that have been researched and found to be recycled someplace.  These materials may not have a high enough value to be accepted for free, so handling and shipping costs need to be obtained from the recycler or via a targeted grant.  Along with the establishment of the CHaRM, Infinity will pledge to find additional materials that can be kept out of the landfill by recycling or reusing it, trying to add one addition material each year.

Infinity has found a battery recycler who will send a container for collection.  The cost covers their processing, including shipping.  For now Infinity will be sending 35 pound loads at a time.  As the volumes grow at Infinity, larger loads may be used with the hopes that the overall costs will decrease.  Presently the charge for accepting household batteries will be 15 cents per ounce or $2.40 per pound.

Presently Infinity accepts two other hard to recycle materials.  The first is boat wrap.  We have been dealing with this material for a few years, but this year its value has dropped zero, but it is still accepted by our broker at a cost to us, so we will charge 7 cents per pound.  The similar situation exists for woven poly bags or super sacks.  The sacks are accepted by our broker at no value so when this material is brought to Infinity, there will also be a charge per pound. (3 cents)

Infinity also handles two other materials that traditional recyclers do not deal with.  They are clothing and electronics.  Neither of these requires a charge in small amounts, although there are some requirements that are stated on the website www.infinityrecycling.org

Please note that the CHaRm materials will not be accepted as part of our curbside recycling service unless stated in our instructions.

Please feel free to email or call 410-928-3333.

 


 

When Ms. Myrtle Boyd called and said her wagon had disappeared from her yard so she wouldn’t be able to get the recycling to the curb, Ford went to work on an old wagon he had on the farm and took it to her.  Thank you Ms. Myrtle and Keep On Recyclin’!

One of the things that Ford, our company president and director, likes to do is teach about recycling. We have had groups from Echo Hill Outdoor School, Chestertown Daisy Troop 330, Eastern Shore County Recycling Coordinators and various small groups or individuals interested in finding out more about what happens to your recycling after it leaves your curb. Most recently we had a visit from Friendship Montessori School and judging by the photos, everyone had fun! We have representatives from Plastic Free QAC and a group from Clayton School in Delaware coming to visit this month. If you ever wondered what happens once we pick up the recycling, we’d be happy to schedule a tour and answer any questions you have. Ford is our ‘Recycling Guru’ and would love to share his knowledge with you!


We got a wonderful email from the leader of Girl Scout Troop #1234.  The girls are working hard to get their Go Green badges and found helpful information on our Zero Waste page.  They suggested another site that also has a lot of very helpful information about recycling.  Thank you girls for your great suggestion!              http://www.bottlestore.com/kids-guide-to-recycling-glass-and-plastic


Infinity is very proud to announce that we were chosen as Employer of the Year and were given a Community Certificate of Appreciation at the Class of 2016 Awards Ceremony at The Benedictine School. We would like to send a big THANK YOU to all of the students and staff!
It is a pleasure working with you all!beoty

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Many of you may have read the article in the Washington Post recently and many more have had feedback and comments about the article.  Please click on the links below to read the full article if you haven’t already, and to read the reactions to the article.  Please feel free to visit our Facebook page or email us with any questions, comments or concerns you may have with our services.

Washington Post article 

The Diane Rehm Show 

 BioCycle Editorial “Calling a spade a spade”

 Neil Seldman response

 Eureka Recycling Op-Ed Commentary – American Recycling is Stalling

The Cycle of Recycling Press Release 

 MRN (Maryland Recycling Network) Response

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THANK YOU CHESTERTOWN DAISY TROOP 330 FOR YOUR VISIT TO OUR NEW FACILITY!

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signInfinity Recycling Moves Headquarters November 2013

Infinity Recycling has moved its headquarters to the town of Millington after operating almost 25 years on a farm with basic sheds and few walls. Located just off of MD Route 301 at the corner with Millington Road, the new site boasts easy and safe access from the overpass just a half mile south of its facility.

The new location comprises a five acre lot with a 14,000 square foot facility in which all our operations can occur.

“Our working conditions have improved dramatically including lighting, smooth ground and comfort,” noted founder, Ford Schumann.

Once the specially ordered equipment is manufactured, shipped and installed, Infinity Recycling will also be able to offer a dual steam recycling service. Presently its customers are required to set their recyclables out in four to six sorted categories, but once the new system is in place, the recyclables just need to be divided into paper material (newspaper, magazines, writing paper, envelopes, box board, and cardboard) and containers (metal cans, glass and plastic bottles and jars). Infinity will move to dual stream instead of single stream because the preferred system is less expensive, is a good employment fit, and is much more effective in recovering a very high percentage of the material collected.

Schumann explained, “The system consists of just a couple of conveyors, one for feeding the material onto a long conveyor for sorting. Most of the sorting is done by hand and we have been in contact with all the developmental centers in our area because this job is an excellent fit for that able community. We will not crush our containers in the truck so the glass will not all be broken. Our glass will be recoverable, so it will truly be recycled back into bottles and jars in contrast to what happens in single stream. Plus the other material will not be contaminated by glass shards and that left over liquid that we affectionately call ‘spooge’.”

Another local manufacturer, Creafil, located in Worton, buys the paper that Infinity recovers, but Creafil cannot work with that contaminated paper that comes from single stream recycling.

“We’re proud that our organization is truly locally orientated. We created a system that serves our community, hires locally, and even sells much of its material locally. We hope to be a prime mover in getting our community to zero waste so our future landfills will be progressively smaller, plus all these resources we recover locally will be creating more jobs locally.

The new Infinity Recycling headquarters will offer additional features to serve our area. There will be a lovely nature walk through the boarder woods and around a pond. There will be a backyard compost demonstration area. A CHARM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) will be established. And a large conference room will be available for educational displays and meetings.

The new address is 31850 Millington Road, Millington, MD 21651 and the new phone number is 410-928-3333.