April 22, 2009 -- HARRISBURG, PA – Consolidated Scrap Resources, Inc. (CSR) announced today – Earth Day – the addition of four permanent magazine drop-off containers in the Central Pennsylvania region. The public is encouraged to deposit magazines, catalogs and other glossy papers in any of CSR’s 15 containers to help earn money for the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey.
“When we purchased Brandywine Recyclers last year, one of our priorities became continuing and enhancing the great magazine recycling program Brandywine started with the Ronald McDonald House in 2004,” said Benjamin Abrams, president of CSR. “By adding four new containers this month, there are now 15 drop-off points in the area where people can take one simple action to positively impact the growth of the Ronald McDonald House. Being able to support families in their times of need, and at the same time do something good for the environment, makes being in the recycling business all the more rewarding. I really have to credit Frank Dixon and Rick Scott, the owners of Brandywine Recyclers, Inc., who developed this program with the folks from the Ronald McDonald House over the last four years. CSR is fortunate to have that foundation they established so that we can continue the program and build it further from where they left off.”
The new recycling containers will debut this month at Consolidated Scrap Resources, Inc.’s facility located at 120 Hokes Mill Road, York; McDonald’s Restaurant at 133 Leader Heights Road, York; McDonald’s Restaurant at 905 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle; and Len Dick Signs, 3000 York Road (Route 30), Gettysburg. A complete list of the other 11 container locations is available at www.ronaldshousehershey.org/magazines.htm.
The magazine recycling program allows CSR to pick up full containers of magazines and glossy paper, process those items, and sell them to a paper mill, which turns the discarded paper into new magazine paper. A portion of the proceeds from each ton of paper collected goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House to pay for operational expenses. Since the inception of the program in 2004, more than 2,000 tons of recycled paper have generated over $73,000 for the House.
“We couldn’t be happier about the generosity of CSR and the growth of the program,” said Debra Barry, community relations coordinator of Ronald McDonald House of Hershey. “The addition of the new containers comes at the perfect time, as the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey will break ground this summer for an expansion project that will ultimately serve more children and families in some of the most critical days of their lives. Every penny that comes in from the recycling program is cherished. It is something that we—and the families who stay with us—never take for granted.”
The Ronald McDonald House of Hershey, which provides a “home away from home” for out of town families whose seriously ill or injured children are receiving treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will add 15 additional bedrooms and bathrooms and renovate 8,500 square feet of the existing house through the expansion project. This expansion will help to accommodate an additional 750 families per year.
Spencer Cavanagh, a junior at Carlisle Area High School, has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House’s recycling programs for the past seven years, specifically with magazine recycling since the program’s inception. When a close friend struggled with spinal cancer and spent time in the Children’s Hospital, Cavanagh wanted to help out any way he could.
“I started collecting magazines and soda can tabs—not just my own but those from families and businesses in my community,” said Cavanagh. “During the past several years, two more of my friends have spent time in the medical center in Hershey and I’ve realized just how important it is for families to have a place to stay so they can be close to their kids. Collecting and recycling what some might consider trash is an easy way for me to make a difference, and it’s something that everyone can do. I plan on continuing to help as much as I can.”
CSR, based in York, PA, is a leading regional ferrous, non-ferrous, paper and plastic scrap processing and raw materials supplier. It currently operates six recycling facilities in Central Pennsylvania, including three in York, one in Gettysburg, one in Lebanon, and a shredding plant in Harrisburg. CSR also offers scrap logistics management services to manufacturing plants and other industrial customers throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Together with its predecessor companies, CSR has been in the scrap recycling business for more than a century.