Mechanicsburg Borough Recycling Committee is proud to announce the winner of its 2016 Commercial Recycling Award. The Award will be presented at the Borough Council Meeting on November 15th at 7:30 PM.  This year, the winner is Mission Central, selected for its exemplary focus on 3 areas of recycling that unfortunately are too often overlooked: reusing, repurposing, and redistributing. Accepting the award will be Rob Visscher, Mission Central’s Executive Director.

The Award highlights Mission Central’s mastery of the most difficult kinds of recycling: repurposing discarded or outdated items for reuse and managing to get the items, refurbished if necessary, redistributed into the hands of those in need locally and around the world.

Their extraordinary programs include The Computer Ministry that takes donated computer and computer accessories and sends them out in good working order. To date, over 16,000 computers have been placed in more than 40 countries. The goal of this worthy program is to reduce waste, to provide assistance, and to improve efficiency within non-profit organizations of need regardless of creed, denomination, geographic location or race.

The New Digs Ministry recycles household goods to families in Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Lebanon, and Perry Counties. New Digs has helped over 2500 local families.

Project C.U.R.E. distributes durable medical equipment like recycled wheelchairs and walkers to communities here and to more than 130 developing countries.

Mission Central is not just a local phenomenon improving people’s lives and reducing waste by reuse, repurposing, and redirecting throwaways; this worldwide ministry is headquartered in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church and draws volunteers from all over the Northeast US. It has HUBS from Montpelier, Vermont, to Washington DC, with over 20 HUBS right here in PA. That’s a lot of venues doing a whole lot of good work that affects those in need in our own backyards and in our global backyards. Tons and tons of items that could have ended up in landfills or incinerators have been put to good reuse. The Borough of Mechanicsburg’s Recycling Committee takes off its hat to a local giant in the art of recycling for the good of the Earth and of Earth’s people.