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Recycling Event Helps Locals with Spring Cleaning

Saturday, April 16, 2016 @ 12:24 PM
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, Councillor Garth Frizzell and students and PAC members at Polaris Montessori Elementary help recycle tires - photos 250News

From right, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, City Councillor Garth Frizzell, Polaris Montessori Elementary School PAC representative Melanie Noullett and students help recycle tires – photos 250News

Prince George, B.C. – Those looking to get a head start on their spring cleaning will want to head to the London Drugs parking lot today.

Residents can dispose of everything from household appliances to batteries, to kid seats and even tires.

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, kidseat recyclers

Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner, kidseat recyclers

The Recycling & Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS) is also on hand providing information.

“It’s always nice to live in a clean neighbourhood and it’s always nice to educate people,” says Christian Schenk, store manager at London Drugs. “I think this community could really use a push in recycling and education about what we do.”

Tire Stewardship BC is on site recycling tires (free of charge), including rims up to 39 inches. The rims will be turned into gravel, playground and track surfaces.

Kid seats can be recycled for a fee of $10.

“Unfortunately we are not funded by any government bodies, so that covers the cost of this program,” says Melanie Risdon-Betcher, owner of kidseat recyclers. “We’re going to then strip the seats of all the metal which goes to a metal recycler and 100% of the plastic is also recycled.”

Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall is impressed by what he’s seen so far.

“Yeah, absolutely. We’re striving to become a green community and environmentally this is a huge thing for us to undertake.

Councillor Garth Frizzell agrees. “To see that you’ve got a non-profit organization like REAPS connecting with London Drugs and the Tire Stewardship Council and all these volunteers here gets all parts of society together.”


A few more city trash cans / bins would not hurt the cause either. If you walk from 15th avenue all the way down Ospika and up the hill to Tyner Blvd, you walk past one (1) city garbage container. Thats one garbage container over the 5 kms of sidewalk. There is always garbage along the sides of the road that I won’t pick up on my walks because I don’t want to carry it many kms to the nearest garbage can.

There may be other areas in our city where sidewalk garbage cans / containers are needed. Post them here, and let the city know… or call them directly.

2 kids x 2 car seats each = $40
Landfill = $6
Unfortunately this household isn’t government funded either.

I can’t afford to go to the dump. Something wrong about that. Sure like my two blue bins, though. Fill them every time. Cuts down on my trash. The dump should be free, though. If it fits in a pickup truck or on a trailer then no charge. Too many rules, too much money.

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