What impact does our Clynk drive have?

In addition to raising money, nickel by nickel, for ShelterBox, our ongoing use of the Clynk container redemption program has a varied environmental impact.

The graphic above shows just one result. We can continue doing good by getting involved in the project if you haven’t already done so.

All you have to do is:

(1.) Purchase a box of collection bags from any Hannaford market customer service desk.

(2.) Contact Bill Dowd to obtain bar code stickers to put on the bags.

(3.) Fill the bags with redeemable glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. No need to rinse or sort them.

(4.) Take the bag to any Hannaford, use the handheld scanner in the container return area on the sticker and drop the bag in the chute.

It can’t get much simpler, and you’ll find you you won’t tend to stockpile containers at home.

Our Clynk efforts tops 25,000 mark

Our Clynk environmental report

How are we doing with our ongoing push to redeem deposit containers and direct the proceeds to ShelterBox?

Pretty good on several fronts.

• The accompanying graphic shows our environmental impact.

• We recently sent a $400 check to the relief agency to help in its global work.

• And, another indicator of the support from across the SRC membership is that we recently topped the 25,000 mark of redeemed cans and glass and plastic bottles.

So, please keep up the good work. Or, if you haven’t yet joined in the Clynk initiative, please join your fellow Rotarians in this no-fuss ongoing fundraiser.

You can purchase a box of the official collection bags (the only bags accepted by the recycler) at any Hannaford market; ask Bill Dowd for the bar code stickers to affix to the bags, and drop off the full bags at any Hannaford redemption site where you simply scan the stickers and put the bags in the chute. That’s it. No need to rinse or separate the containers.

If you have any friends or family members who would like to join in this effort, just follow the same process to be sure they have the tools to have the redemption money credited to SRC’s Clynk account.

Reenergizing our Clynk recycling effort

Does anyone need bar-code stickers for their Clynk container recycling bags?

We’re asking because contributions have dropped off very sharply in the past few months. Nevertheless, funds derived from deposit bottles, cans, and plastic beverage containers remain a major revenue source for our club to contribute to ShelterBox.

Members can purchase the required green recycling bags at any Hannaford supermarket, but the required bar-code stickers can only be gotten from a Clynk in-store kiosk using the account card project administrator Bill Dowd has.

[For the benefit of those members unfamiliar with the Clynk program itself, it’s extremely simple. All you need to do is place any beverage container eligible for a return deposit in one of the bags, affix a sticker to the bag, go to any Hannaford and use the scanning gun to read the stickers. That’s it. No separating types of containers or rinsing them out. ]

So, if you need stickers, simply email a request to SRCrotary@gmail.com. Both the bags and the stickers are mandatory for the club to receive credit from Clynk for the deposit money.

Thanks for your help.

CLYNK issues coronavirus-related modifications

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Despite the many restrictions on purchasing of food and beverages during the coronavirus pandemic, most of us still consume bottled beverages and need to redeem the containers.

SRC’s robust participation in the CLYNK recycling program via Hannaford supermarkets continues during this emergency period, but CLYNK is asking for some slight alterations in the effort. Here is the Maine-based company’s statement:

“CLYNK is a redemption company born out of community.  You rely on us to get you back your deposits, and our hardworking employees value your business as it gives them dependable income and basic benefits.  Never has this been truer than during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“CLYNK is open for business.  We are committed to keeping this little corner of your life easy and convenient even while the rest is anything but.  We are taking extra precautions to keep our employees safe, including increased vigilance on the use of personal protective equipment.  If you see a driver decked out in unusual gear,  please give them a thumbs up (or virtual elbow bump) from us.

“To the same end, we’d like to ask for a voluntary safety pledge from you. After filling your CLYNK bag and tying it tight, please hold on to it for three days before you drop it off at any [Hannaford supermarket].  This will help to dramatically reduce the risk of surface-to-human contamination.  To signal you have done this please tie a bright piece of ribbon/string/anything to the handle of your bag.  We are calling this a ‘3 Day OK.’

“Never fear,  we will process your bag with or without the ‘3 Day OK’ tie. But, when we see the tie, our employees will know they can breathe a little easier.   Thank you in advance for this small sign of solidarity. We love our CLYNKer community.”