Community Partnerships with Meaningful Results
Published in Municipal World Magazine - February 2005 Issue
Written by Lisa Michaels
- Working Together to Recycle and Reuse
- Partnering to Offer Job Training Solutions
- Providing Essential Services with a Bonus
Goodwill Industries of Toronto presented a business plan for a Reuse Store at the Brampton CRC that was both resourceful and cost effective. Goodwill would operate the Reuse Store, accept reusable household items at no charge, and then resell the items at a modest price to the public.
Operation of the Reuse Store by Goodwill benefits the region in two important ways.
- It eliminates the requirement for the region to staff and manage the Reuse Store.
- Forming a partnership that supports grass-roots community and social development enhances the region's efforts to assist in providing the highest standard of living to all residents in Peel.
"This close collaboration between Goodwill and Peel Region has been a wonderful situation," said Mitzie Hunter, Vice President of Marketing at Goodwill. "Our goals are the same - to service the community and put as much back into the community as possible."
The Brampton CRC officially opened in July 2002, and includes a drop-off platform for recyclable and non-recyclable materials, a household hazardous waste drop-off area, an education centre and teaching garden. Goodwill manages the recycling centre's Reuse Store and reusable goods collection station.
Once the partnership to collect and sell reusable items was shaped, the next step in the cycle was required - to use the sale proceeds and offer workforce development opportunities to people facing employment barriers in Peel Region.