A hop, skip, and a jump: Vancouver Island North

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On our way to Nanaimo

As ElectroRecycle Summer Ambassadors, we get to spend a lot of our time traveling throughout British Columbia. Our objective is to visit new communities, raise awareness about the importance of recycling small appliances and power tools, and of course, to collect end-of-life products responsibly.

Last Wednesday, we made our way to the coastal city of Nanaimo to complete the remainder of our Vancouver Island tour that we began in May. Our first event was the Island Roots Market Co-op nestled within the lush greenery of Beban Park. Straight away we were greeted by locals with their arms full of toasters, kettles and even some electric toothbrushes! Those who didn’t have any recyclables came by to share their passion for sustainability and were happy to learn more about ElectroRecycle!

The following day, we set up in the Port Place Shopping Centre in front of London Drugs to let passerby’s know about ElectroRecycle and answer any questions about our program and recycling as a whole. It was such a great opportunity to reach out to those who could not attend the market and let them know where they could recycle their items. We even had someone from Protection Island pay us a visit and drop off a couple of broken toaster ovens to recycle.

Stopover at Lasqueti Island

On Friday, we collaborated with Mark Bottomley from the Recycling Centre on Lasqueti Island with the goal to collect as many broken small appliances and power tools from this remote location as possible. The island is situated off the grid (relying solely on solar panels and generators for electricity), so we weren’t sure how much of a collection we would get. However by the end of the day, we had a boat full (quite literally!) of power tools and other household appliances to bring back to the Parksville Bottle and Recycling depot, weighing over 400 kgs! Getting the chance to visit the island was worth the trip alone, but collecting all of these recyclables made it such an amazing experience that we will treasure forever.

Next on the map: Hornby Island

Saturday brought along our next island adventure at the Hornby Island Market. A hop, skip, and a jump away, it took us two ferries to reach this island gem, nestled between Denman Island and the Strait of Georgia. Located in a grove of cedar trees, we loved the opportunity to recycle in the woods. After the market was complete, we stopped to visit the Hornby Island Recycling Depot and of course the free store for some funky reused fashion. Naturally, on such a beautiful island, we had to sport our new-to-us clothes with a photoshoot!

Comox & Port McNeill

On Sunday, we let our sea legs rest and attended the Comox Valley Farmers Market in the village of Cumberland. We had a lovely time getting to know the community and hear about their passion for the environment by letting them have their turn at our trivia wheel!

The next day we had the pleasure of meeting with the Comox Valley Regional District to discuss partnering up with its surrounding Gulf Islands in the future, as well as establishing our program within their local school district. If your community is interested in participating at or hosting a collection event with ElectroRecycle please let us know! You can reach out to us via email at info@cesarecycling.ca.

After the meeting, we made our way up to Port McNeill which borders the Queen Charlotte Strait, offering up beautiful ocean views and thick west coast forest. As we meandered northwards, we stopped at several recycling depots along the way to see how they were doing with our program and discuss community outreach initiatives.

Keep an eye out for the second half of our trip where we make our way towards Powell River and the Sunshine Coast to host several collections events with communities along the way!

Next stop: Powell River and the Sunshine Coast!

We will be attending:

Swing by and drop off your small appliances and power tools, give our trivia wheel a spin or give our ring toss a go to learn more about our 200+ recycling depots!

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