The clients of West 8th have been participating in a community recycling class for well over 8 years. Not only is the class responsible for collecting and returning the recycling for West 8th, they also pick up the recycling from five local stores around the neighbourhood. Their stops include Whole Foods, Save on Foods, Canadian Tire, Emelle’s Catering and Denbigh Fine Art Services, all located within walking distance of West 8th. The recycling class consists of picking up bottles and cans from each location and delivering them to the depot. There, they sort the items and collect the money they have earned. The money they recieve goes back into the program, and the clients brainstorm different ways they would like to spend it. This past year they had a pizza party for Halloween and visited the Richmond pumpkin patch. Mark Lei, who has been a part of the Recycling class since the beginning states, “The recycling class is important because it’s a great chance to learn, take care, and appreciate our environment”. Rain or shine, summer or winter, the members of this class are highly motivated to decrease the amount of waste in our community and help preserve energy.

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