The Environment Council honoured several people at its Annual General Meeting on April 23.
The community champions were Ray Gilfillan, John Moore and Kathy McGrath. Ray has the garbage/recycling collection contract for Creighton. John and Kathy are the collectors for Denare Beach.
Creighton began recycling pickup in May, 2014. Ray stopped by the Recycling Centre to work out the details of dropping off the materials. It was immediately evident that he was not only willing to collect recyclables, he was enthusiastic about it.
The Recycling Centre isn’t the only beneficiary of his enthusiasm. Ray is willing to accommodate homeowners ideas to make it work for them. He continues to encourage people and businesses to recycle.
Ray comes to the Recycling Centre twice a week. He often checks the board displaying the tonnes recycled each month and asks how things are going. He shares helpful information from the community and from his experiences.
In 2016, Denare Beach announced there would be a vote about recycling with the municipal elections in October.
John and Kathy checked out the Recycling Centre operations before the election. They were hoping for a positive vote as they were eager to divert recyclable materials from the landfill.
Citizens of Denare Beach voted for recycling.
Kathy and John were back in December, quite excited to work out the logistics of transferring recyclables they collected at the curb and landfill into the Centre.
The trailer comes from Denare Beach most Tuesdays. John and Kathy are very accommodating, leaving the trailer to be emptied when the Centre has space which sometimes is the next day.
Ray, Kathy and John go above and beyond to make recycling happen.