BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield ARC, or BARC, a non-profit supporting people with developmental disabilities, will celebrate the 3-year milestone of a recycling program developed in partnership with Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream.
Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream began sending its recyclables to the BARC facility for sorting in 2011. BARC found a source of income and a project in which to engage the skills of its developmentally disabled workforce.
"This program has enabled BARC to provide ongoing, meaningful work to nearly thirty developmentally disabled individuals," said Jim Baldwin, the President/CEO of BARC.
BARC set up the program in partnership with Complete Recycling, a recycling organization that works closely with the non-profit on several projects that provide employment for BARC's clients.
Nearly 400 people are expected at this year's celebratory event on July 12, 2013.
The Bakersfield Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream plant is taking a lead role in the nationwide corporate effort to achieve zero waste. Nestlé Dreyer's Ice Cream is pleased with the partnership.
"We are honored to be able to give back to our community through this program; this partnership not only enables us to provide valuable work for our local community, but also upholds Nestlé's high standard of practicing excellence in sustainability," says Rodrigo Sandoval, Safety, Health & Environmental Manager.
BARC provides job training, employment and support services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. More than 400 developmentally disabled adults earn wages while working at a BARC Activity Center, Customized Employment Development program, or in a Supported Employment setting.