Fieke van Berkom Recycle Centre Detroit


For a long time there was no recycle system in Detroit. Until Matthew Naimi got a stroke in his 40’s. When he was so lucky to wake up he decided to do something meaningful with his life what would make the world a bit better. He changed his business in the old Lincoln factory from a distribution of groceries to a recycle centre. He gives people in Detroit the opportunity to bring in their garbage and it will be sorted out in big boxes. When the materials are separated they will get new destinations. This is what you call a ‘grassroots’ organisation. Grassroots movements and organizations use collective action from the local level to effect change at the local, regional, national, or international level. In the Recycle Centre school kids come in for workshops about sustainability and there are also pretty cool music and art studios in the building. Also jobs been created by starting the centre. Matt was so kind to gave me a studio space in trade for one day work in the Recycle Centre. It was a really good deal because I was putting in my bit of help to save the Earth and made the coolest friends and art in this awesome community.

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