Recycling in the Kootenays

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To kick off the last leg of the 2019 Summer Ambassador Tour, we headed east to the Kootenays! On our first day we enjoyed a beautiful trek through Kelowna, taking the time to visit the depots we had missed on our previous trip through the Okanagan.

Grand Forks

Our first collection event was at the Grand Forks Farmers Market. We were welcomed with open arms and spent the morning collecting broken toasters, fans, and coffee makers. We had some great conversations with the local residents who expressed interest in repairing opportunities. We look forward to partnering with a potential Grand Forks repair community in the future.

After the Grand Forks Farmers Market, we stopped in at the Grand Forks Bottle Depot and chatted with the manager about the program. Afterwards, we made our way to town of Nelson where we spent the night preparing for the market the following morning.


The next morning we spent the day at the Nelson Farmers Market, which hosts various talented vendors, crafters, and an assortment of local produce. The streets were bustling when we arrived and the community members came to us with all of their recycling questions. The main question we kept on getting was, “what do you guys take?”. So happy you asked! We directed them to as well as the Nelson Leafs Bottle Depot (a quick two minute drive from the market). It was a pleasant experience to be in such an environmentally-minded town, surrounded by stunning views of the luscious mountains and the lake below. What a beautiful place to recycle!

Salmo and the SteamTruck

The following day, we had the pleasure of collaborating with Farrell and his mobile repair SteamTruck at the Salmo Valley Farmers Market. It was wonderful to be able to host a collection event with a focus around repairing and learning about all the fascinating projects that Farrell brings to the communities he visits across British Columbia. Not only does he specialize in repairs, but Farrell ensures that everyday items such as pop bottles and cans are reused and re-purposed into children’s games and even kitchenware. As Farrell said, reuse and repair is the first option. Recycling is the last. He was so happy to show us a blender he had repaired with his 3D printer, creating a new lid for it as the old one had broken.

Our meeting with the Kootenay Boundary Regional District

We had the opportunity to meet with Tim from the Kootenay Boundary Regional District in Trail to see how ElectroRecycle is performing in this area of the province. As this region covers several rural areas, we were thrilled to have some inside knowledge as to where we might be able to establish ElectroRecycle collection sites in the future, as well as organizing collection events to ensure our products are kept out of landfill.


On the final day of our trip, we attended the Nakusp Farmers Market, nestled on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake surrounded by the Kootenay Mountains. This beautiful community is quite remote and does not have a recycling location in close proximity, so we ended up filling our van to the brim with broken microwaves, vacuums, power drills and more, all destined to be recycled at the Revelstoke Bottle Depot. The drive to the depot provided stunning views of Upper Arrow Lake and we were fortunate enough to cross the calm water by ferry before continuing our journey back to Vancouver.

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