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Earth Day BBQ at Regional Recycling Richmond

On a glorious, sunny Sunday, the BeeVancity team went out to the Regional Recycling Richmond depot to check out their Earth Day celebrations. This family-run business is celebrating their 25th anniversary with the recent launch of their 7th location in Cloverdale. As soon as we arrived at this rather large recycling depot, we were met with friendly staff who were cooking up a nice BBQ with organic beef and vegetarian hot dogs with Tim Horton’s donuts and organic apples.

We grabbed a hot dog and checked out the fun honey bee station where we learned how honey is made, how many bees typically live in a beehive and all the different functions of bees. It was fascinating. 

Then, we went inside. There was an arts and crafts station with recyclable materials, and an artist who was in charge of face painting and balloon twisting.

There were quite a few kids around, and by their laughs and excited screams, they looked they were having a blast.

We toured the depot and learned about all the different materials they take in for recycling, from everyday stuff like plastic pop bottles, metal soda cans, milk cartons and cardboard paper to electronics, batteries, paint, scrap metal, etc. 

Fun fact: The only thing the depot doesn't accept is old medicine, which you need to take to a pharmacy for disposal. 

It was neat to see the giant machines compress all the material into tight squares that, sure enough, came out at the other end. 

There were a few informational booths at the event. We spoke to a representative for Developmental Disability Association, who was there to collect used clothes, bottles, and etc. The local charity fundraises for programs to help those with developmental disabilities to further their skills training and learning, and has been around for 16 years. They gave away a foldable water bottle and a keychain in the shape of their truck that is actually a small tape measure.

Right next to them was another non-profit called ElectroRecycle, which is a not-for-profit recycling program for small appliances and power tools in B.C. The program accepts over 300 types of electrical appliances, including microwaves, hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, power tools, sewing machines and treadmills, and has a collection network of over 135 facilities around the province. ElectroRecycle is the first program of its kind in North America.

Fun fact: By bringing a recyclable item, you get a chance to enter the draw to win a brand new bike. The contest ends May 1, so go visit Regional Recycling at all their seven locations.

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