Recycling and Refundable Update

In 2018 the Community Association created a Bottle Drive at the end of the 2017/18 ski season to capitalise on the money available for refunding beverage containers as people cleared their houses out. This was an experiment and we raised over $1000 for the community association. These funds went directly into supporting the community garden and summer camp.

During the 2018/19 ski season the Community Association launched a pilot project with a number of Strata's, businesses and local people on Big White Mountain. In order to better facilitate this pilot project we also built a shed at the school to store extra refundable items. This shed was built through donations and funds raised through the project. In 2018/19 we raised $300 a month through this project, there were teething issues however on the most part we were able to service this project for all those involved. We created a finance arrangement with the Community School PAC to raise funds for much needed equipment and extra curricular activities for them to ensure these funds stay in the Big White Community School.

The project would not be possible without our collector, John Kim. He has been running this service at Big White for a number of years and owns a Return-It depot in Enderby which makes all of this possible.

For the 2019/20 season we expanded the project to include other buildings and restaurants. RDKB Waste Management Department are really excited by the project we have created and want us to be involved and lead a pilot project for the Province on better recycling services for rural areas. We are currently in touch with a stewardship company to expand our current program and make sure that it is scaleable as more people become involved in the project.

As a Community Association we are keen to raise awareness of recycling for our long term and short term community members, currently we are throwing away millions of dollars of potential revenue into the garbage due to misunderstanding of recycling or contamination of the recycling containers. This is something we are working with RDKB on for education materials, better signage at the transfer station and educational information at community meetings, on our website and on social media.

We are keen to work with other partners in this project to help this area have a more sustainable waste program and bring in an untapped revenue source that can provide essential additional funding for our childcare programs, Wellness Project (for all members of the community) and future development of community space.

Contact us for more information to bring your business or strata onboard