The Green Business Network of Springfield is exploring creation of a procurement program that would help local companies and organizations buy recyclable and environmentally friendly products.
Organizers of the 2-year-old network also said during an update of program activities on Wednesday that they are looking into the addition of paint to the list of products that are accepted for recycling.
The collection center is at 11th and Madison streets.
City Water, Light and Power energy services manager Bill Mills said the procurement program remains only a concept, but the goal would be a network of buyers and sellers for green products from paper to cleaning agents.
“What we are looking for are people who are buyers, who need green supplies, who need sustainable supplies,” Mills said after a membership update held at the Wedeberg Conference Center of Memorial Medical Center.
“When I go out, A, I can’t find it, or B, there’s a premium on it because they’re not the standard, mass-produced item,” Mills said. “The other thing is, can we offer suppliers who have these type of products and are looking for a market?”
He said the Green Business Network would facilitate buyer and seller contacts.
“They can make their own transaction,” said Mills. “But we do want to become a catalyst.”
GBN president Bob Kobylarz said adding paint to local collections is mostly a matter of finding a buyer, but consumers are looking for ways to get rid of unwanted paint.
“There is a need,” said Kobylarz. “It used to be glass. Now, one of the most common questions is “What do I do with cans of paint?’”
The Green Business Network has 46 dues-paying members and 100 “friends” who help with recycling programs.
Tim Landis can be reached at 788-1536.
The Green Business Network of Springfield
* Founded two years ago to encourage local recycling and sustainability programs
* Collection facility at 11th and Madison streets
Recycling event set for Saturday in Chatham
CHATHAM — The Glenwood High School Key Club is sponsoring a community recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Families and businesses from the Ball-Chatham School District are invited to bring the following items to the Glenwood High School west parking lot for drop-off:
Books, old cell phones, old pillows/blankets, aluminum cans, wire hangers, eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids, used crayons, used ink/toner cartridges, old medicine, glass (clear or colored), paper, paper bags, chip board, plastics, tin and aerosol cans, recyclable batteries, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, plastic bags, old license plates and cardboard.
To expedite the drop-off, there will be separate items for each station.
Goodwill will collect clothing, shoes, working or nonworking computers and computer accessories including printers, faxes and copiers, kitchenware, electronics, small appliances, etc. There will be blank receipts available for participants to list each charitable donation and its approximate cost for tax deductions.
For more information, contact Sara Fricke at 483-2424, ext. 1123, or firstname.lastname@example.org.