How one mom’s green project raised thousands for her community



WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

  • Liz Pinfield-Wells built a DIY recycling center in her garden shed for items that garbage men don’t collect.
  • She encourages the public to leave their mixed recycled items, and she sends them off to be recycled by TerraCycle.
  • Since starting her green project four years ago, Liz has recycled 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg) of trash split between 30 different categories of recyclable waste that’s not taken by trash collection and raised thousands for her local community in the process.

Liz Pinfield-Wells, a resident of Dawley, Shropshire, was inspired to take action when she learned that her town’s curbside recycling service did not accept certain items like baby food pouches, food packaging, and toothbrushes.

To address this issue, she built a DIY recycling center in her garden shed and encouraged the public to leave their mixed recycled items there. Over the past four years, Liz has recycled over 2,600 pounds of trash split between 30 different categories of recyclable waste that aren’t taken by regular trash collection.

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She sends the items off to be recycled by TerraCycle, which shreds them into small plastic pellets to be made into other items like watering cans and benches.

Liz’s efforts have not only helped the environment but also raised thousands of pounds for her local community, including donations to her daughter’s gymnastics group and a local charity’s community garden project.

Source: goodnewsnetwork.org


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