What’s our Clynk impact (besides money)?

Have you wondered about our collective environmental impact from recycling through Clynk?

The accompanying graphic gives you a bit of an idea. That’s in addition to the money we raise for ShelterBox (our most recent contribution was a check for $500.)



Remember, all you need to participate in our Clynk effort is an official collection bag (buy ’em at any Hannaford customer service counter), a bar code sticker (get ’em from Bill Dowd) and … oh, yes, some redeemable beverage containers.

No need to rinse or sort the glass, metal, or plastic containers. Simply stick them all in the same bag, stop in at a Hannaford market, use the bar code reader and drop the bag in the chute. Voila! Money for ShelterBox and less clutter in your house.

So, pack up all those holiday beverage containers. And, you don’t have to be a Rotarian to join the club’s effort.

Hannaford still accepting CLYNK recycling

Are those returnable beverage containers piling up on you? Some businesses that usually accept them and return your deposit money have put a hold on the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s because many don ‘t have enough people to handle the volume now that store personnel are being used for other tasks. But, there is one way to be sure to recycle those containers and raise some money for ShelterBox: use CLYNK.

Some SRC members have been diligent in bagging, tagging, and taking their CLYNK bags full of returnable glass, metal, and plastic containers to Hannaford supermarkets. That’s because Hannaford has stopped accepting other containers, but not Hannaford. There is no store employee involvement because you self-scan the bags, drop them in the receptacle, and CLYNK’s own employees pick up the bags and take them to the company’s recycling center in Maine.

Those of you who didn’t pick up the official bags and tags — both of which are required to participate in the program — before we put a hold on our weekly dinner meetings — can get them once we resume. Meanwhile, don’t despair. Just put your returnables in regular plastic garbage bags until you get a supply of the proper CLYNK bags. Then, simply slip the others bags into CLYNK bags and head for your nearest Hannaford. All the proceeds from our club’s CLYNK participation go to suipporting ShelterBox worldwide.

Reycling/Shredding Day postponed

Due to the social distancing regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic that have been extended to at least April 30, SRC’s Recycling/Shredding Day scheduled for April 25 has been postponed.

Take heart, and keep saving up all those outdated papers, worn out electronic items, and so on. Eventually you’ll be able to get rid of them when we do hold the event.


Recycling/shredding date changed

We have moved the date for our next Recycling/Shredding Day by one week, to Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Here is a revised flyer you can use to help publicize the even. Please help share it by reposting on social media, printing it out and posting it everywhere you can think of.

2020 Recycling Flyer revised








Recycling/shredding event set for April

Time to start getting all those papers, electronics, etc., you want to get rid of. And, it’s time to let your friends, colleagues, neighbors, and everyone else know we’re at their disposal (see what we did there?) to help them clear out those unwanted items from their garages and basements. Share the flyer, share the knowledge.

2020 Recycling Flyer


How are we doing with our Clynk project?

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ShelterBox to the rescue.

At just a nickel or so per container, it takes what seems a loooong while to accumulate sizeable dollar amounts for our ongoing ShelterBox financial support project. But, that doesn’t mean we’re not making progress. We are, slowly but steadily.

SRC already has raised more than $400 from collecting reclaimed deposits on glass, plastic, and aluminum beverage containers this year, plus $2,050 in member-and-friend pledges collected by our ShelterBox coordinator, Bill Dowd. And, for every package of free market coffee sold by Phil Kellerman during the holidays, we get another $5.

Pennies make dollars, and the citizens of the world who are victims of natural and man-made disasters such as floods, earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes, civil war, and the like are helped by SRC’s support of ShelterBox’s international aid efforts.

If you can help with any dollar amount small or large, please let Bill known ASAP. And, thank you all for your generosity and humanity. Each cumulative $1,000 we raise pays for one ShelterBox that contains a tent housing up to 10 people — sometimes for several years each, water purification items, emergency tools, cooking equipment, first-aid kits, sleeping bags or cots, and other basic life-sustaining items.

For more information about ShelterBox, click here and be inspired.

What kind of mark is our Clynk project having?

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This chart shows the environmental impact our club is having so far by participating in the ongoing Clynk container redemption/recycling program. In addition, we have raised a bit more than $400.

By participating through the very simple process of tossing all your deposit containers in an official Clynk bag, placing a barcode sticker on it, and dropping it off at any Hannaford supermarket, you’ll be sending all those nickels to SRC for our ShelterBox fundraising purposes, as well as keeping your home or office from being cluttered by all that glass, metal, and plastic flotsam.

If you would like to extend your reach beyond your home to include collecting redeemable containers donated by friends, neighbors, workplaces, churches, etc., please contact Bill Dowd for details on how to do it.

Each redeemed container may be only a nickel received, but it continues to add up since this is an ongoing effort that we’ll be involved in as long as the Clynk recycling company and Hannaford chain maintain their partnership.

If you’d like more information on Clynk — what it is, what it does, where it operates, etc. — simply go online to Clynk.com. Meanwhile, thanks for your participation.



Are you bagging your returnable Clynk beverage containers?

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In response to the headline question, we certainly hope so, for several reasons.

• The Clynk program we’re enrolled in via Hannaford supermarkets and the Clynk recycling company helps the environment through responsible recycling of beverage containers, and helps us raise funds for ShelterBox.

• Each container’s deposit return goes to the SRC treasury to support ShelterBox.

• The process saves you time and effort because you do not have to separate, rinse, and re-cap redeemable plastic, glass, and metal beverage containers.

We hope to present the club with a check of $400 or so by the time our first dinner meeting rolls around in September. Of course, we need your ongoing help to make that a reality since at a nickel or so per container it takes quite a while for the total to mount up.

Although we’ve told every SRC member numerous times how the program works, we’ll do it one more time to be sure everyone understands how easy it is to do good:

(1.) Only specific plastic bags and bar code stickers are usable with the Clynk program. You can get them at any dinner meeting at Quigley’s, or by contacting program coordinator Bill Dowd.

(2.) Simply put any plastic, glass, or metal beverage container on which a deposit has been paid in one of the bags. No need to rinse, uncap, or sort them.

(3.) When a bag is full, just put a bar code sticker in the appropriate place, take the bag to any Hannaford where you can scan it and drop it in the receptacle chute, and then be on your merry way.

That’s it! You’ve just helped the environment, the club, and ShelterBox. And, therefore, the world.

(If you’re curious about the Clynk process at its recycling facility in Maine, click here for a short video explaining it.)