OTF Grant Helps Habitat for Humanity ReStore Expand its Kitchen & Appliance Recycling Initiative
On Friday, Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex (HHWE) welcomed members of the public to celebrate the $723,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Grow grant it received in September 2018. Local MPPs Lisa Gretzky and Percy Hatfield, along with OTF volunteer Dan Allen were on hand to congratulate HHWE on their grant and hear more about how the expansion of this recycling initiative will make a difference in Windsor-Essex.
“We know we have to act now to reduce the impact our throw-away consumer behaviour is having on the environment of the entire planet. Recycling initiatives such as this are both environmentally sound and socially beneficial. I would like to congratulate Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex for launching this initiative and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its continuing support.” – Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky
“This grant will not only help Habitat for Humanity continue to build homes for low-income families, but it will also help them divert an additional 200 tons of waste from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Percy Hatfield, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh. “I’m very excited for this project, and I look forward to seeing how it will help our region become more environmentally sustainable. Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for recognizing the important work that Habitat for Humanity does for Windsor-Essex County.”
Waste is piling up in our landfills and oceans in this disposable society. Production of new items increases greenhouse gas emissions. Many homeowners and businesses would prefer to recycle or repurpose goods, but solutions must be cost effective and convenient. The Habitat for Humanity ReStores proven salvage model diverts 200 tons of goods from landfill annually, while providing affordable building supplies and, generating revenue for Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation previously funded a three-year pilot program which resulted in 1091.91 tons of goods diverted from land fill. This Grow grant will enable the Windsor-Essex ReStores to scale up their successful salvage programs and expand to provide a proven recycling option to homes and businesses across Essex county. Thirty-two partner businesses and over 40,000 donors and customers interested in reducing their environmental footprint will have access to the ReStores kitchen removal, appliance pick-up, and recycling service. Working together with the community Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to divert an additional 200 tons of goods from landfill and generate an equivalent 750,000 lb reduction in greenhouse gas emissions every year.
“Businesses and community members across the region are working hard to reduce their ecological footprint,” said Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex. “This funding allows us to support our neighbours who care deeply about the environment, while at the same time raising funds to provide affordable housing in our community. It’s a win-win for Windsor-Essex.
Habitat for Humanity’s main salvage hub will operate at our newly expanded ReStore opening May 25th, 2019 in Windsor.”
Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. You can support Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex by volunteering, donating, or shopping at the Restore.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.