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Surplus Exchange

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.surplusexchange.org

Mission Statement

The Surplus Exchange is a nonprofit that diverts electronics and commercial furniture from landfills through reuse and responsible recycling.

Main Programs

  1. Community Recycling
  2. ConnectHomeKC
  3. Donation Program
Service Areas

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Missouri

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. Bob Akers

Keywords

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recycling, surplus, ewaste dropoff, ewaste, ConnectHomeKC, landfill reduction, environment, electronic recycling, computers, office furniture, teacher supplies, Google Fiber, Google, Sprint, digital divide, electronic waste

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EIN

43-1328139

 Number

4666616047

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Recycling (C27)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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In the last 12 months we have recycled over 2 million pounds of electronics. We have improved the triage process to find more reusable items allowing us to donate more refurbished computers and electronics to area nonprofits, new businesses, and low income members of the community. We have donated computer labs to YouthBuildKCK, The Joseph Foundation, Urban Rangers and Swope Geriatric Center as well as to Kansas City area residents in need and made furniture donations to Swope Geriatric Center, The Joseph Foundation and Connecting for Good.We provide free office supplies and other materials to teachers with valid school district ID's. They are allowed to take as many materials they need.We have eWaste drop-off containers at the Overland Park Recycling Center, Lee's Summit Resource Recovery Park, and the Kearney Recycling Drop-off Center. The response has been great. The Overland Park container alone collects 2,500 pounds of eWaste each week.Reuse will remain our emphasis for 2016. Reuse is environmentally responsible and the best option for retired IT products. The Surplus Exchange can impact the community greater by redeploying these products.As a partner of the ConnectHomeKC program we plan to place computers in every public housing residence in Kansas City, Missouri. We will work with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and other nonprofit organizations to provide low income families the opportunity to have computer and internet access, lessening the digital divide. This program needs 1,900 computers to reach our goal. We will work with young people from the public housing community to help process the computers used for this program. They will be trained and earn a paycheck with options to go on to earn certification through our nonprofit partners. We are involved in planning meetings with the Mayor's office and our partner nonprofits to make this program a success. We are currently training workers in our facility in preparation for our go-live date.

Programs

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Program 1

Community Recycling

Recycling electronics has not always been convenient for consumers. The Surplus Exchange visits 10 counties across the Kansas City Metro area for Saturday eWaste drop-off events. The Surplus Exchange does not charge the event hosting organizations and only charges consumers direct recycling costs for CRT based products. Offering this service free of charge incurs cost which we struggle to break even. Over the last year, recycling CRT products has increased, while increasing costs to the consumer would keep us from losing money for recycling. We fear that increasing costs would deter citizens from recycling and throw their TV's/computer monitors into the garbage, ultimately ending up in our landfills. Items collected at these drop-off events are either refurbished and donated or sold through our tech shop inside the Surplus Exchange warehouse or through online sales.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

ConnectHomeKC

ConnectHomeKC is a collaborative program between the City of Kansas City, MO. Connecting for Good, KC Digital Drive and the Full Employment Council and is supported by the White House and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program's goal is to place 1,900 computers and broadband internet in Kansas City, MO. Public Housing facilities. The Surplus Exchange will collect, refurbish and install the computers needed. We will provide logistical support, data security, testing, and job training for the additional workers needed to fulfil this mission. Full Employment Council (FEC) workers are brought to our facility where they learn, hands-on, to test, breakdown, and rebuild computers. We are working to keep the cost per computer at $55. Commerce Bank has pledged 100 computers to the program and the City of Kansas City, MO. will donate their retired IT materials for use. To meet the goals of this program, we need more computers and external funding to keep costs down.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Donation Program

The Surplus Exchange accepts donations from corporate institutions, nonprofits and the public of household electronics, surplus office furniture and supplies, and IT related materials. We then refurbish what is salvageable or recycle all donations. Donations of electronics and furniture are made available to other nonprofits, small and/or new businesses, and the general public at deeply discounted prices. Office/school supplies are offered for free to teachers with valid school district ID's. Through our community outreach efforts, refurbished electronics and furniture are used in donation programs across the Kansas City Metro area.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Funding Needs

For the ConnectHomeKC we need computers. Each one costs $75. We are able to contribute $25 per computer. A project partner will match us, leaving $25 to be funded.The Surplus Exchange has two 24 ft box trucks with lift gates that need replacing. Repair costs have increased and now replacing the gates is the most cost effective. Each costs $6,000 for purchase and installation. The trucks are well maintained and have low mileage.We need a plastics baler. As we increase our ability to harvest parts and refurbish equipment for reuse we create plastic waste. Fees are incurred if plastic waste is sent to recycling "loose". Revenue is generated when plastic waste is sent in bales. We have priced plastics balers between $8,000 and $10,000. With a plastics baler in house, we can generate earnings of $.22 a lb.The commodity market has fallen over 25% in the last 12 months, increasing our operating costs. We have made changes to our standard operating procedures and have seen improvements in cost reduction. To survive and continue our mission we need outside funding. We're looking to establish multiple revenue streams to expand and create more jobs. We will hire disadvantaged youth and those with autism providing them with on-the-job training to learn skill, allowing them to earn a wage.

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The Surplus Exchange
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Surplus Exchange

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Principal Officer

Mr. Bob Akers

BIO

Mr. Akers has worked to bring recycling to every corner of the community. He has worked with cities across the Metro to hold recycling events. He has built a working relationship with Bridging the Gap and Mid-America Regional Council-Solid Waste Management District as the "go-to" person for eWaste problems.Mr. Akers has been active in the community serving on boards for Brookside Soccer Club, founding Brookside FC, and coaching for FC Porto. His focus has been to bring the sport to inner city kids and to help kids use sport to open educational doors. Bob has aided 23 kids in earning scholarships to colleges. Bob served on the Montessori Long Range Planning Committee and the Folly Theater Marketing Committee. Bob is a Kansas City native and a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jennifer Tubbesing

American Academy of Family Physicians

Term: Dec 2015 - Dec 2016

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