SKANEATELES — Residents will have another option for getting rid of unwanted belongings this spring.
The Skaneateles Town Board approved the addition of a Rescue Mission Donation Center at the Skaneateles Town Transfer and Recycling Station.
An attendant will work in the collection trailer while the transfer station is open, and the center will operate for the same hours as the transfer station.
Alan Thornton, chief operating officer, and Carolyn Hendrickson, director of organizational advancement, attended Thursday’s town meeting and asked the board to allow for a collection center to operate from the transfer station.
After receiving town approval, Thornton estimated the center would be up and running in April.
The center will accept furniture, clothing, housewares and other gently used things. The items are sent to the organization’s warehouse, sorted, and then sold in the area’s Thrifty Shopper stores. The proceeds from the sale of these items benefits the Rescue Mission’s programs, which include emergency shelter, offering meals, and helping support people to transition from homeless to more sustainable living station.
“The end result is a meal, the end result is a bed, the end result is case management services offered to help move people from homelessness and from poverty into a sustainable life into the community,” he said, stressing why contributions of unwanted items are so important.
The Rescue Mission operates 12 Thrifty Shoppers second-hand stores, and has 10 similar donation centers with attendants in the region.
“We would like to grow and expand our footprint, particularly our donation centers,” Thornton said.
Thornton pointed out that the center will have someone there to collect the items while the transfer station is open to avoid having goods left around the trailer. Town board member Rick Keyes supported the donation center as long as the Rescue Mission would operate within the same schedule as the transfer station.
“Putting in an attended donation center here in Skaneateles would go a remarkable way for us,” he said. “We believe that the quality of the donation that we would be receiving would just really catapult our sales in our stores and continue to allow us to meet the growing need that’s in the communities that we serve.”
Jim Card, who oversees the transfer station, liked the idea of keeping reusable goods out of the trash pile.
“We’re the third-largest recycler in Onondaga County,” Thornton said. “It’s absolutely in the best interest of the town to keep as much out of the waste stream as possible and we see that as part of our movement in sustainability