‘R’ is a letter that begins many words in the discussion of taking care of the environment. Some examples are: rethink, reclaim, recover, repair.
The most common and most important are the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
These are listed in order of importance in minimizing damage to the earth. The Recycling Centre’s main activity is third on the list, but we also provide opportunity to reuse.
The Cardboard challenge held last weekend is an example. Cardboard boxes and a variety of other materials were provided by the Centre for an afternoon of fun and creativity. At the end, as many materials as possible are recycled.
Many people pick up boxes from the Centre when they are moving and recycle them when they are finished.
Another popular item is plastic pails. This includes large white pails and ice cream pails. We collect them as they are number two or five plastic which is recyclable, but if they can be reused, that is better. We save ice cream pails all summer for blueberry season.
We often receive requests from teachers and children’s activity leaders for items for projects such as tin cans, small jars, milk cartons and magazines.
We keep a supply of wine bottles on hand for those making wine at home.
Sometimes we advertise items. Often we pass things on to the local second hand stores including the Re Uz It store.
The Recycling Centre is happy to help the community reuse things, recognizing that reusing is more important than recycling. The items are given away, although a donation is appreciated.
If there is something you need that we may have, please call us at (204) 687-6169.