How Franciscan Sisters Recycle

by Sister Julie Ann on March 11, 2017

Franciscan Sister Marlene Schwaller reports on various recycling projects that our Sisters support at the Motherhouse.

Quad Parishes Paper Collection

Newspaper, magazines, book, catalogs, actually any paper lighter than Kleenex boxes-including greeting cards-are acceptable. We collect and deliver to the Quad Parishes in Green Bay, WI on a regular basis. Parishes use the money from 2 dumpsters for special parish needs or projects. We supported St. Jude Parish in repairing their church organ with our donations. St. Patrick Community did some needed painting and Annunciation Parish purchased new doors. St. Joseph’s budget received additional revenue.  Parishes report that they have made over $15, 000 on paper collecting thanks to the consciousness of others who are trying to be environmentally-friendly.


Cancelled stamps are shipped to Friars of the Assumption of the BVM Province in Pulaski, WI through our friars serving our Motherhouse. They drop them off the bundle on one of their scheduled stops.  After receiving the part of the envelope with the stamp and location mark, friars study to see if there is any historical, geographical or subject value. Any profit when dealing with further collection individuals is sent to their home missions e.g. St. Francis of Assisi Mission, Greenwood, MS.


Aluminum cans bring in about 40 cents a pound. This feeds into our own operation. Aluminum can tabs are reserved for Habitat for Humanity. Sister Mardelle Meinholz is our connection to that organization.Franciscan Sister Marlene recycle projects


Batteries which are not only bad for the environment, but also a fire hazard, are collected and given to someone who insures a safe way of disposing of them.

Electronic devices -anything with a chord-are recycled by an individual who promises to keep all materials in the United States.

Plastic tops from bottles eventually go to a company that melts them down and makes wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them. Sister Annette Blonde became aware of this possibility. A local person received one of the wheel chairs.Franciscan Sister Marlene recycle cans

3 thoughts on “How Franciscan Sisters Recycle”

  1. annemarielom says:

    Thank you for placing all of our recycling efforts in one place. There are so many outlets for preserving creation, the environment and mindfulness! I am so grateful to celebrate our care for the earth!

  2. Sister Theresa says:

    Thanks for the information on what happens to the things we recycle. A special thank you also to Sister Marlene and to all of our Sisters who do so many “behind the scenes” services for our community!

  3. Sr. Delores says:

    I encourage going green projects here at St. Paul Elder Services. We started collecting the plastic tops of bottles, as well. I was happy to here of a great use for them. The churches here are helping us, too. We also do swaps at different times of the year and share what we have. Earth day is coming up, we will do a spring swap. Thanks, Sr. Marlene!

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