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Quinn gives Kreider a green thumbs up

Recycling services turns state’s investment into jobs, projects

DIXON – Kreider Services’ deeds are not going unnoticed. They are even gaining recognition in Springfield.

In a news release Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn commended Kreider, the nonprofit that employs veterans and people with disabilities, for running one of the most successful and innovative recycling programs in the state.

Secure Recycling Services, a branch of Kreider, was developed using state investments totaling $360,508 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Division of Recycling.

In turn, it has provided jobs while recycling materials as diverse as textiles, electronics and food scraps.

Quinn said in the release that the business supports his agenda to preserve the environment and to produce employment opportunities for those who may have difficulty finding jobs.

“Saving the environment and helping our veterans are both noble pursuits,” the governor said. “When those two things come together, as they have at Kreider Services, everybody wins.”

Kreider operates the VETS Training Center within their recycling operation.

This program is open to veterans from Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties who were honorably discharged and are looking for work, with a special emphasis on assisting those with physical or cognitive disabilities.

Kreider recently expanded its efforts to collect, process and market textiles, “traditional” recyclables and electronics. They are now expanding programs to include in-vessel composting of food scraps that will be packaged and sold as an organic material, one of only two such programs in the United States.

The recycling program helps area businesses and organizations, including all five public schools in Dixon, with their waste management needs while benefiting the environment through landfill avoidance and resource conservation.

The programs are largely self-sustaining, because the recycled materials are sold for use in various manufacturing processes.

Recently Kreider received a state-use contract to recycle electronics, which has resulted in a savings of more than $7 million to Illinois.

“The benefits of recycling are obvious for the environment. Not so obvious are the benefits of recycling in our community for people with disabilities,” Kreider CEO Jeff Stauter said. “The revenue generated from recycling and warehouse contracts is used to support services for people with disabilities at Kreider. The contracts also create work opportunities for a wide range of people with different levels of ability.”

Kreider serves more than 500 people and is known for its quality programs in the areas of autism, community living, creative employment, day services, early intervention, individual support and respite.

State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, also was quoted in the release.

“Kreider has an outstanding track record of innovative and successful programs that not only help its clients, but also benefit the residents in the communities it serves.”

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