Since the start of this year Rossland residents can now recycle their bottles without going down to Trail and at the same time help fund local activities.
The new recycling bin at Rossland Secondary makes for a short trip. The bin is operated by the Parent Advisory Committee at RSS and is a way for them to raise funding.
The committee funds a lot of school and club activities, but lost funding from the province in the past few years. They receive a lot of requests from different school groups for travel and other expenses, said Robin Hethey, district PAC rep.
Since a lot of people don’t enjoy the trip to Trail just to visit the depot to cash in their recyclables, a bin could give the opportunity to people to get rid of them.
Hethey phoned the RDKB and found the bin they were looking for from a company out of Grand Forks, which supplies the bins to the regional district.
“They painted it the school burgundy and they delivered it for Christmas,” she said, adding that Interior Signs in Trail were kind enough to donate signage for the bin.
“We have a contract with the bottle depot in Trail, so they do the pick-up as often as needed and we split the revenue, they have a percentage and we have a larger percentage.”
The only effort the PAC has to put in is market the bin to the community and keep an eye on it.
“It’s a way for the PAC to supplement funds that it’s giving back to the province,” she said.
“It’s in addition to the fundraising efforts that the PAC does.”
Other efforts like the sausage sales at Winter Carnival.
“It’s a good revenue generator, but it’s very work intensive and labour intensive. So this bottle bin is a nice way to have a passive revenue generator and not have to do so much work,” she explained.
“It’s there for the community, so if the community wants to donate their refundable bottles, it would be greatly appreciated.”
The funding all goes to PAC, who will then distribute it to the school groups and clubs that are requesting funds.
She said they get a ton of requests and the money only goes so far, so this is a new revenue source they hope the community will embrace.