About Methow Recycles
Non-profit Methow Recycles was envisioned in the late 1990s by a group of individuals who imagined a community with easier and more comprehensive access to recycling. It was successfully built through creative public-partnerships.
Since then, we've evolved from a recycling organization that talked about waste prevention; we are now a waste reduction organization offering recycling as part of the solution.
The human race cannot recycle our way out of the mess we've created on the planet, we must fundamentally change our relationship with waste. Every one of us can make a difference, and Methow Recycles is here to help!
WASTE PREVENTION PROGRAMS:
Repair Cafes allow us to keep the items we already own in productive use. Our volunteer fixers use their sewing, electrical, mechanical, and carpentry skills to keep things out of the landfill. With a repair rate of 85%, they're doing a great job!!
Materials are reused through our Take it or Leave it program. Building materials, exercise equipment, small housewares, and more are kept from the landfill when their owners no longer want them. This lively site at the Recycling Center in Twisp is becoming a new hub of activity. Many community members desire to move materials off their property or out of their garage but are loathe to send them to the landfill. Others delight in finding unexpected treasures like light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, doors, and lumber.
Sharing tools allows community members access to tools they have no need or desire to own for occasional use. Our Tool Library will be just such a place in the summer of 2019.
TEACH OUR KIDS - Kids are learning about the planet and their role in caring for it as members of the Methow Valley Elementary School GREEN TEAM led by Methow Recycles' Outreach Coordinator. As the next generation learns about protecting the environment and making a difference at school, we think about what our world will look like 20 years from now. This year some of our Repair Cafe volunteers are teaching kids how to make their own repairs and keep their broken toys or games out of the landfill!
WE STILL MAKE IT EASY TO RECYCLE - Our recycling program continues to thrive in spite of challenges in the world of recycling, and is an example for others in the region trying to make sure that recyclables always stay out of the landfill. 100% of the material coming through our facility is recycled into new products within 250 miles of Twisp, including glass! We're open three days per week with staff and volunteers serving over well over 100 recyclers daily. We also process all of the recyclables collected at the "curb." We're training diverse groups of community members to become Eco-leaders at their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and at school
We rely on community support to maintain our existing work and build new programs promising long-term impact. Only 20% of our annual revenue comes from the sale of recyclables, and we depend on contributions from people like you for 30% of what it takes to keep this vibrant resource going.