WAYNE – With plenty of Earth Day activities going on this past weekend, the Wayne Green Team presented a special award on Earth Day, being Friday.
From the Wayne Public Library, the Wayne Green Team hosted Chamber Coffee and awarded Thrift Warehouse its Zero Hero award. This recognizes the outstanding work in reducing, reusing and recycling within the community of Wayne for this group.
Thrift Warehouse opened in 2016 selling used household goods, then started selling used clothes on consignment. The bulk of their business is from clothing. Thrift Warehouse takes in an average of 5,000 pieces of clothing each month for resale.
Owned by Tanner Schopke since 2018, Thrift Warehouse also recycles whatever possible, including all cardboard, glass and paper. They do not buy any new bags, but reuse whatever comes into the store through donation.
Thrift Warehouse also refers children’s clothing to Micah’s Closet in Wayne, and if bedding comes in that isn’t fit for use, it is donated to dog rescues. Any clothing they cannot sell is saved and picked up for sorting and reselling or made into insulation.
Chair of the Wayne of Wayne Green Team, Sandy Brown said, “we are proud to recognize Thrift Warehouse and Tanner for their impact reducing waste in the community and leading secondhand use of clothing, household goods and more. We thank Thrift Warehouse for being a Zero Waste leader in our community.”
Founded in 2009, the Wayne Green Team is a group of community volunteers, city personnel and Wayne State College partners focused on minimizing waste and increasing sustainable behavior. Find more information about the Wayne Green Team on Facebook and at www.cityofwayne.org/greenteam.
Another Earth Day event approaching will be hosted by the Haskell Ag Lab in Concord for a Roots to Leaves Earth Day/Arbor Celebration this Saturday, April 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. Free events include an arboretum tour, kid activities as well as demos on tree planting, tree and shrub pruning, plants and pollinators, how to begin a vegetable garden and more.
For details, visit hal.unl.edu/earthday2022.