Youth Group Information
Involvement in Our Process
A critical part of our recycling program is the sorting of collected twine. This consists of removing trash like soda cans, hay, and other items. Because our twine processing machine works best with small bundles of twine, sorted twine that is free of trash is then bundled and stored in tote cages or Super Sack® containers (also known as seed/grain sacks) prior to processing.
Fundraising for Your Group
Waste-Not Recycling will pay youth groups $0.10 per pound of sorted twine when delivered to Johnstown, Colorado, for processing. We can assist with all stages of this process. Please send us an email with any questions you may have.
Twine can be collected from ranches, dairies, feed lots, hay re-balers, livestock auction yards, feed stores, and veterinary supply stores. Twine can be collected all year long, and sorted twine can be stored outside.
This program provides several opportunities for youth development
- Community interaction with landowners and businesses who have discarded twine
- Outdoor work
- Real-world experience with the effects of agricultural plastics on the environment
- Problem solving
- Encouragement to create tools that cut and bundle twine and also increase collection efficiency
- Cooperation as a group to accomplish a goal
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In general these are ideas and procedures that have been useful thus far. All procedures are flexible, and it is important to consider new ideas since different procedures work better in different areas.
FFA and 4‑H participation in twine recycling as a fundraiser
How much will we be paid for the twine we collect?
If you plan on delivering the twine yourself, then you will need to contact us through this website to set up a youth-group account for payment. When the twine is delivered to Waste-Not Recycling in Johnstown, Colorado, the twine will be weighed and you will receive a weight ticket. Later you will receive a check for $0.10 per pound.
We can assist you with figuring out transport if needed. Sometimes volunteers can help. In some situations the cost of transport may be deducted from the $0.10 price, but so far that has not happened. We intend to help each group work out a smooth and profitable process.
What exactly are the responsibilities of the participating FFA or 4‑H group?
Site maintenance — checking to see when containers are full at the collection site. Communicating with the owner of the collection site.
Sorting and storage — removing trash like soda cans, paper, vet needles, large hay chunks, etc. from the twine, then bundling (if possible) and storing it in totes or other transport containers.
Transport — program staff will be available to assist your group with transport.
Outreach — getting the word out into the community with handouts, articles, and presentations at schools, livestock meetings, farmers’ markets, etc. We can provide these customized for your group.
Who approaches local feed stores and businesses about collecting twine?
If anyone in your group has a family member or friend with a feed lot, dairy, vet supply, feed store, hardware store, tractor business, etc., then they might want to be the one to make contact.
After initial contact, it may work best if 1–3 youth group members are assigned to each collection site. They can introduce themselves to the business owner and be the ones to monitor the site — check on it once a week or so. The group leader should also provide their contact information to each collection site.
It is very important to keep the business owner at the collection site satisfied. Many are understandably concerned about the program causing a mess.
How many collection containers are provided?
Initially we ask the collection site if they can provide a container. Many have a water tank with a crack in it or other container to use. Many landfills have wire tote cages or other containers that can be used.
How many banners are provided?
One or two banners for use in designating each collection site will be provided, but we are happy to provide whatever you need if we have the funds.
- Twine Recycling Banner (PDF)
Where is the drop-off location for the twine?
Waste-Not Recycling in Johnstown, Colorado, is the recycler that processes the twine. Twine needs to be delivered here for the $0.10 per pound payment.
Is there a required amount of twine and/or time frame you need to commit to?
There is no required amount of twine that needs to be collected. The amount of time you spend collecting twine is up to you. There is plenty of twine in most areas.