This weekend we had the opportunity to attend new recycling events on Leah’s home turf: magnificent Vancouver Island. We arose at the crack of dawn to head to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and sailed over the choppy Georgia Straight for a weekend of island adventures.
Victoria West Elementary
We stopped at a few local recycling depots to check in and see how the ElectroRecycle program was doing on the island’s south end. We are always interested in identifying new ways to collaborate with our collection sites in hopes of hosting community events in the future.
After a few quick visits with the local depots, we made our way to Victoria West Elementary School. We had the opportunity to work with Jackie Kosh’s enthusiastic 5th-grade class, testing the students’ recycling knowledge by playing some environmental inspired games including our famous trivia wheel and a relay race. The class managed to collect 10 kilograms of small appliances and power tools and blew us away with their familiarity of sustainable practices and our program as a whole!
Following our afternoon with the school, we met with a representative of the Capital Regional District in Victoria to establish new connections for additional outreach opportunities in British Columbia’s capital region.
Sooke Country Market
The next morning we traveled along the lush and meandering roads, where the forest meets the sea, to the Sooke Country Market which resides in the heart of town. Despite the rain, the community showed its dedication to recycling by dropping off 32 kilograms of small appliances and power tools. Sooke’s community showed its support throughout the day by coming by and learning more about all the items we recycle.
The Selkirk Waterfront Festival
On Sunday we attended the Selkirk Waterfront Festival which offered up some gorgeous views of Victoria’s downtown harbour. The festival proved to be quite busy as festival-goers walked up and down the strip in search of fun things to do and delicious food to eat. Our bright green tent stood out amongst the crowd of dragon boat racers, and we had such a blast educating passersby about the ElectroRecycle program and the wide range of benefits associated with recycling small appliances and power tools.
We collected a coffee maker and a toaster oven while the trivia wheel kept spinning throughout the entirety of the festival. Little ones were spotted sporting our ElectroRecycle stickers on their t-shirts and their baseball caps. We really enjoyed our time at the Selkirk Waterfront Festival, and we hope to come back again soon!
Bottle Depot and Government Visit
After the event on Sunday, we decided to stop in at Queen’s Return-It Bottle Depot to weigh our collection from the past few days. The depot was happy to teach us more about Vancouver Island’s recycling practices!
On Monday morning we left the Victoria area and made our way north to meet with a representative from the Cowichan Valley Regional District. We cruised along the Malahat Highway, notorious for its winding roads and picturesque scenery, and traveled through the luscious Cowichan Valley and visited depots along the way.
We ended up meeting with the Cowichan Valley Regional District to find out how ElectroRecycle services the residents of this amazing part of the island. During the meeting we discussed new ways of how ElectroRecycle can become even more involved in the community, including setting up our tent at local depots and educate community members as they come on by. We look forward to visiting the area again soon to do just that!
This week we will be traveling back to Audrey’s hometown of Vancouver and will be attending the following events:
- Trout Lake Farmers Market – June 1st from 9 am to 2 pm
- Port Coquitlam Repair Cafe – June 1st from 10 am to 2 pm
- Kitsilano Farmers Market – June 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm
- Let’s Talk About Recycling – June 3rd from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, South Hill Neighbourhood Centre
- Lake Country Health and Wellness Fair – June 9th from 9 am to 3 pm
Come by to drop off your small appliances and power tools, give our trivia wheel a spin, and try out our ring toss to learn more about the 200 recycling depots all across British Columbia!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.