-Submitted by Midland Volunteers for Recycling

The Midland Area Community Foundation recently approved a grant in the amount of $10,000 to Midland Volunteers For Recycling (MVFR).  The Midland Area Community Foundation strengthens our community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events.

The grant will increase awareness and participation in the Gold to Go Green program, which provides recycling solutions for Midland County area businesses, organizations and residents.  Gold to Go Green offers fee-based pick-up of recyclables, event recycling, and free self-serve document shredding.  Income from this program will help sustain many of MVFR’s stewardship activities and outreach educational programs.

MVFR has served the greater Midland area community since 1987; its mission is to educate Midland area residents on the benefits of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, and to operate the Midland Area Recycling Center.  Since its inception, MVFR has diverted approximately 1,000 tons of materials from the landfill each year!

MVFR offers do-it-yourself drop-off recycling.  There are many residents and businesses that do not have an option for curbside recycling such as people that dwell in apartments, trailer parks and in rural townships.  In addition, MVFR accepts materials not accepted at curbside or other facilities such as vinyl siding, large cardboard boxes, shredded paper, plastic bags, loop carriers, all types of batteries, cell phones, and polystyrene foam.

MVFR is a leader in the tri-county area, offering free recycling education programs and tours of the recycling center with hands-on experience.  Many educators, scout leaders and local organizations take advantage of its educational programs, which serves approximately 1,000 students at local schools annually.

MVFR recycles moving boxes, bubble wrap and other packing materials, selling them as part of its sustainability plan, which benefits small business as well as residents.  The Reuse Center offers teachers, youth leaders and individuals free and low cost craft materials for use in their classrooms.

For more information, please visit MVFR’s website at, call 631-1668, or stop by the recycling facility which is located at the landfill on East Ashman, between Waldo and Rockwell roads.  The recycling center is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm; Wednesday, 8 am – 6 pm; and Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm.