Part 2: Our Scenic Trip up North

Fort St. John: the Energetic City

On the second half of our journey north we stopped in Fort Saint John, a city built along the meandering path of the Alaska Highway. The community welcomed us as we set up our display at the local Home Hardware to educate on the importance of recycling small appliances and power tools at the local collection site.

Know Your Depot

After our event finished, we visited the Recycle It Resource Recovery depot and were warmly greeted by Lindsay who manages the establishment. Lindsay runs one of the most organized depots that we have come across, encouraging recycling with plenty of lollipops as a reward for your sustainable actions!

Chats with the Regional District

The following day, we met with a representative of the local regional district to discuss outreach opportunities that ensure our products are easily recycled in the rural communities that surround Fort St. John. If you want to get in touch with us to discuss opportunities to host a recycling round up event in your rural community, please email us at

Onwards to Fort Nelson

Next, we continued our way north along the enchanting drive to Fort Nelson. The trip offered views of untouched and seemingly endless boreal forests, teeming with a rich diversity of wildlife from black bears to statuesque bison.

Surrounded by the spectacular northern Rocky Mountains, Fort Nelson captured our hearts. Being in such a remote location, the community is small and tight knit. They welcomed us into their recreation centre and blew us away with their commitment to reducing landfill waste through the implementing of a district-wide composting program. This program not only accepts food scraps, but wood and paper products as well. These are the kinds of actions that can really make a difference!

Movie Night in Fort Nelson

Beyond composting, we were invited to the screening of The Clean Bin Project. This documentary film speaks to the importance of mitigating waste and putting the 6R’s to use: Rethink, Refuse, Repair, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The event even offered free popcorn if community members brought their own reusable container. Once the movie was finished, we were delighted to find that some locals had dropped off some small appliances and power tools for us!

On our way Home…

On our trip back home, we stopped by the lovely town of Chetwynd once again, this time to celebrate National Indigenous Day at the Chetwynd Farmers Market. The vibe was so positive and the people were so kind. We had such beautiful weather at the farmers market and we met tons of locals that were super excited about our program and inquired to know more. We sent them to to find a full list of the products that we accept! 

Depot Visits

After the bustling Chetwynd Farmers Market, we spent the night in town and left very early the following morning. We had a day full of driving and depot visits ahead of us and we didn’t want to waste any time! Our depot visits ran extremely smoothly, as we stopped in sunny Prince George and the rustic town of Valemount. Depot managers were excited to chat and wished us a safe trip home. 

Home, Here we Come!

On our last day of travel, we visited 2 depots and drove 7 hours back to Vancouver. The weather treated us so well, as we had nothing but sunshine and fluffy clouds to stare at on the long drive back. Getting the chance to visit depots all across B.C during our trip was amazing. We appreciate all the feedback that depot managers and recyclers have to share.

It was such a pleasure travelling from Vancouver all the way to our most Northern depot in Fort Nelson. The people we met, the stories we were told, the hardworking depot managers, and those that were simply curious about the ElectroRecycle program really made the trip for us and we hope to be back soon. 

Coming Up Next!

Farmers MarketSaturday, June 29, 2019Quadra Island
Farmers MarketSaturday, June 29, 2019Burnaby
Farmers MarketSunday, June 30, 2019Campbell River
Farmers MarketSunday, June 30, 2019Ambleside
Canada DayMonday, July 1, 2019Mission

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