The Recycling Centre has employed many people since the first person was hired in 1996. Most of the work was done by volunteers at that time.
The number of paid staff grew within a year and has fluctuated over time. The highest number was nine. Today the work is done by 4 full time employees and one part time, two part time volunteers and an administrator.
Two long term employees came to the Centre as part of a provincial job placement program that subsidized wages for six months.
Wayne Freund began in January, 2003. He was hired to help with the curbside program which began in February. After getting his licence he drove the truck. He also sorted materials and later, was trained to operate the baler and forklift.
Wayne found other employment twice, but helped out at the Recycling Centre when he could. He returned to recycling full time in 2011 and became the floor supervisor in 2013.
Wayne’s abilities to organize and work with people in a very positive way are a big part of the success of the recycling program today.
Randy Whitmore began at the Centre with wage subsidy in December 2006. He assisted with recycling pickups from homes and businesses and sorted materials at the Centre. He walked to work every day for two years when he lived in Creighton.
Randy works hard every day even though his job hasn’t changed very much. He has worked well with many people. He knows about recycling in the community. He is an important member of the team moving recyclables in and out of the Centre.
The wage subsidy program has resulted in success for these employees and for recycling.
Pictures of these valuable employees will be added soon.