The Rooney Road Recycling Foundation’s mission is to protect our communities and environment by providing a community-based pollution prevention program by serving as a regional recycling resource.
In 2014, the Center diverted over 380,000 pounds of household hazardous materials (99% of the total collected) from landfills. Over 3,650 residents received this subsidized service with the Foundation and partnering governments paying close to 85% of the cost of each visit. We are one of few centers in the state that recycles the majority of all hazardous waste materials collected.
Our goal is to provide a safe, affordable and convenient location that encourages environmental friendly disposing of, and recycling of, household and yard wastes benefiting the local community and the environment (watersheds, rivers, open spaces).
We want to encourage environmental “best management” practices for disposing of, and recycling hazardous household and yard wastes. If these materials are not safely disposed of, they are washed down drains ending in wastewater treatment facilities or into local storm water drainage systems, deposited in overused landfills, or sitting in basements/garages with toxic or explosive potential. When materials are disposed of improperly, destruction of infrastructure, chemical interference with wastewater treatment, and physical harm to the public may occur.
Over the past 10 years we have seen a steady increase in our participation rates. Yet, due to fiscal constraints; specifically higher costs for treating chemical wastes; the center has not had the resources to respond to the demand. Our goal is to continue providing programs at a subsidized rate to encourage residents to use the center. We are the only 501 (c) 3 non-profit recycling center in the state to provide subsidized recycling services for hazardous household waste.
Although we have made significant strides, we need your support now! We need to strengthen and expand current community partnerships to reach a more broad based community coalition to achieve valuable environmental benefits. We have a community presentation available to share with your group. Please call us to schedule a tour of the Center; a general presentation; and/or an educational workshop related to household chemical recycling.
We are a new Foundation, and are looking for active volunteers and Board Members to support the organizational development efforts for program sustainability. Please call Tom Quinn, Executive Director at (303) 987-7040 for additional information.