In mid-July we embarked on a 10 day trip which spanned the northern part of Vancouver Island, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast, with the objective of collecting and recycling broken small appliances and power tools along the way. Read all about the first part of our trip on the blog.
On the second leg of our journey, we set sail early in the morning destined for Powell River for our first stop. Afterwards, we hopped on another ferry south to explore the stunning Sunshine Coast before heading home to the hustle and bustle of Vancouver.
Partnering up with Tla’Amin Nation in Powell River
We left Vancouver Island to arrive in the scenic coastal town of Powell River located along the northern stretch of the Straight of Georgia. After docking, we made our way to the Tla’Amin Nation to set up outside of their small recycling depot to collect their broken small appliances and power tools, and get to know the community. Within minutes of popping up the ElectroRecycle tent, locals were dropping off their vacuums and power drills faster than we could load them into our megabag!
By the end of the event, we left with a vehicle filled to the brim with a huge variety of some of the 400+ products that we collect. With the van full, we headed to Powell River’s local collection site, the Town Centre Mall Recycle Depot, to drop off the collected items and meet with the depot manager to discuss our program’s performance.
Persephone Brewing in Gibsons
The following day, made our way to Gibsons to partner up with Persephone Brewing Company– a local hangout complete with farm fields, picturesque vineyards, and a lively tasting room. We set up our tent in the field outside of the tasting room, collected some recyclables and had some great conversations about recycling, sustainability and the environment with the community of Gibsons. The day not only brought us lots of sunshine, small appliances and power tools, but also gave us a sneak peak into Persephone’s take on sustainable farming practices, and of course, great beer.
We were fortunate enough to partner with the Roberts Creek Community Hall for a collection event for our second last day of travel. We set up our booth just outside the cute wooden community hall (with sustainable stickers for decoration) and collected for four hours! Within that time, we spoke to Roberts Creek locals who told us how amazing it was that we were coming all the way from Vancouver to collect small appliances and power tools, preventing them from ending up in the landfill.
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.
Sechelt Farmers’ Market
On our last day of this trip we stopped by the Sechelt Farmers Market and set up our big green display. It was a gorgeous summer day and the market was hustling and bustling with people from all over the Sunshine Coast as well as the lower mainland. We found ourselves speaking with a mix of locals and tourists who were so delighted to see our colorful props and stopped to spin our famous trivia wheel. We were thrilled to collect some broken items including toasters, vacuum cleaners, microwaves, and even a couple power tools.
Before heading to catch the final ferry of the trip, we managed to sneak in a quick visit at the Salish Soils Depot and spoke with the manager who was unbelievably kind and welcoming. Our program is new to Salish Soils, and therefore it was important for us to drop by to get some feedback and ensure any questions were answered. It was a wonderful way to end our trip on the Sunshine Coast.
Keep an eye out for our future events…
- Trout Lake Farmers Market – Saturday August 3rd, 9am-2pm
- Kitsilano Farmers Market – Sunday August 4th, 10am-2pm
- Vancouver Pride Celebration – Sunday August 4th, 11am-6pm
- Port Coquitlam Repair Cafe – Saturday August 10th, 10am-2pm
- Grand Forks Farmers Market – Tuesday August 13th, 8am-1pm
- Nelson Farmers Market – Wednesday August 14th, 9:30am-3pm
Come by with your broken or unwanted small appliances and power tools and give our trivia wheel a spin to learn more about the program and show off your knowledge about recycling and sustainability!