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Opened in 1978, The Hornby Island Recycling Depot is
closing in on 40 years of recycling. We recycle and
reuse more than 70% of our waste stream.

Thank youTessa Mythos for the wonderful tank mural you created for the Hornby Island Recycling Depot

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About six year ago Lynn Carmichael (former chair of HIAC) approched the Recycling Committee wondering if we would like to have a Hornby artist paint our water tank at the recycling depot. Finaly, six years later Tessa Mythos has completed this stunning tank mural. Check it out on your next trip to the recycling depot.

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Thank you for joining us in our 40th Anniversary Celebration

On September 8th 2018 we held a little party to celebrate 40 years of recyling on Hornby Island. Many  joined us while doin thier recycling. .....There art, fasion, music and cake.

Now Recycling Flexible Plastic Packaging

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The Free Store/Recycling Depot Solar Project

HIRRA was pleased to collaborate with the Hornby Island Community Economic Enhancement Corporation (HICEEC) in 2016 to apply for and receive a grant from the Comox Valley Regional District’s Community Works Funding (Gas Tax) for a demonstration grid-tied solar panel project.

A total of 35 solar panels were installed on the Free Store’s south-facing roof by GabEnergy a non-profit group based on Gabriola Island. The Recycling Committee also organized some educational presentations on solar installation. An educational sign, painted by an island artist, was installed at the Free Store so visitors can learn more about the project and see how the panels are performing on a weekly basis.

New Drywall Regulations

All builders, contractors and home-owners should be aware that there are new regulations regarding waste drywall. Specifically, the Comox Valley Regional District now requires a "Waste Disposal Application" for any drywall brought to the Recycling Depot. This short application form is necessary to ensure that the drywall does not contain any carcinogenic asbestos. Some older drywall may contain asbestos, which needs to be disposed of in a safe manner.
Please download and fill in the form for ANY drywall brought to the Depot for disposal.
Dry-Wall-Waste Disposal Application March 2017

Track our Solar Panels

To check how the solar panels installed at the Depot are performing in real-time, visit the Enphase Energy tracking website.

Latest Recycling Info

The 2018 Hornby Island Depot Brochure contains up-to-date info to help you with all your recycling needs.

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Hornby Island's New Free Store Opens Its Doors

Hornby Islanders celebrated a resurrection they can call their own, and fittingly, it happened on Easter Sunday, 2015.

Half a year after the original structure’s demolition, The Hornby Island Free Store re-opened.

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In 2001 the Hornby Island Recycling program was presented with a merit award from the Recycling
Council of B.C. "for outstanding commitment to
waste reduction in B.C.". The award, a plaque
made of recycled glass, is on display at the depot.

 

The recycling program is directed by the Hornby Island Recycling Committee, under the umbrella of the Hornby Island Residents' & Ratepayers' Association, HIRRA. Comox Valley Regional District allocates funds raised through local property taxation, and, through management contracts with HIRRA, supports the Hornby community in its recycling and reuse initiatives.

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Depot Hours

9am - 1pm

Summer: Thursday  - Sunday

Winter: Friday  - Sunday


 

 

Hornby Island Recycling Program Vison and Mission Statement

Vision Statement - why are we here?, what is our future?

Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment.
The Hornby Island Recycling Program exists to responsibly collect and divert waste while promoting the concept of zero waste.

The Mission of the Hornby Island Recycling Program is:

  • To transfer "absolute" garbage and recyclables to the appropriate off-island facilities until our goal of zero waste is achieved.
  • To maintain and operate a waste diversion and recycling facility, including a "Free Store", for the benefit of island residents, visitors, local businesses and the environment.
  • To manage the diversion, recycling and reuse of the island's waste in a way that is consistent with, or superior to, applicable government regulations, including environmental, health and safety.
  • To operate the Hornby Island Recycling Depot in a fiscally responsible manner where cost effectiveness is based on a full accounting of costs and benefits, both monetary and non-monetary.
  • To encourage and support a positive, respectful and safe environment at the Recycling Depot for all users, employees, and volunteers.
  • To ensure ongoing public consultation and communication among all residents and business operators, members of Hornby Island Residents' and Ratepayers' Association and the Comox Valley Regional District.
  • To promote community education and support for continued waste reduction, reuse and recycling toward the goal of zero waste.
  • To measure progress toward the goal of zero waste, and revise practices accordingly.

Revised - Nov.2015

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RECYCLING COMMITTEE 2018
Jan Kennedy (Chair)
Kathi Sauve
Barbara Baird
Ilze Raudzins
Alsoon Brine

HIRRA EXECUTIVE 2018
President: Rob McCreary
Vice President: Linda Manzer
Treasurer: Lynn Nunley
Secretary: Anita Lewis

 


 

HISTORY

In the late seventies as our population began to expand, the limits of a small island forced us to realize that there was no such place as 'away' when it came to garbage. This realization was a major impetus to the community to become one of the earliest pioneers in today's recycling movement.

One of those pioneers was Kathi Linnman. She explains that in 1978 she was hired by the Hornby Island Ratepayers Association to set up and run a Recycling Depot.

" The motivation for the island to try recycling was economic and I applied for the job for economical reasons too. I didn't want to see all that useful 'stuff' shipped off the island and become inaccessible. Where would we go to find a tail light for our vehicle or a damper for the stove, or a curtain rod , or ? There was little space at the Co-op for hardware, trips to town were infrequent and if your neighbour didn't have what you needed, there was always 'the dump', a great resource for all kinds of things. Here was a chance to organize other people's garbage into something useful to someone else and to keep our stuff out of someone else's landfill..."

Within a few weeks the old landfill site boasted glass and metal collection areas plus a shed for the ever-popular Free Store. A burner was added which has since been retired in favor of cleaner air, and paper recycling. We have grown into a thriving enterprise, gone through many adjustments and changes, including the addition of a composter to handle the large volume of organics we receive in the summer from our campgrounds and restaurants which cater to a thriving tourist industry.

Hornby Islanders should be proud of their achievements. Since opening the Recycling Depot in 1978, Hornby Island has played a leadership role in implementing reduction, reuse, and recycling services and community education programs in its community. Hornby Island residents now generate less than half a kilogram of garbage per person per day, much lower than the provincial average.

The Hornby Island Recycling Centre has generously shared its experience with communities and non-profits throughout BC and as far away as Ireland and Australia. The Centre's success points to the strength of volunteerism and community spirit that define not-for-profit organizations.

Today at least, the rest of the Province seems to be catching up with us, in declaring that it is no longer acceptable for Canada to produce more garbage per capita than any other country except the USA Communities that today are trying to set up systems such as ours have an uphill battle to wean people away from the ease of curbside pick-ups and throw away mentality. We can be grateful to those Islanders twenty-five years ago, who decided to do it the ' Hornby Way'. Thanks to all of them, and to all the people in the community who have been part of the struggle. Mother Earth is watching us, and we hope she approves.

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Recycling History 1977-78

From the minutes of HIRRA meetings:

May 11, 1977

“A letter from lands branch disallowing the area in Sec. 2 for a garbage dump was received. They stated an alternative in Sec 11 was under consideration and would advise at later date.

A discussion as to remove the garbage or start a new site was voiced. A report that the work party made an excellent improvement at the old site and if it could be maintained properly was still the best area.”

May 10, 1978

21 members present

“Dave Gerow reported on the garbage dump. It has been decided to ask Ray Ecstrom to push it in more often this year. Gabriel said the fire Dept would see that it got burned over each time. Steve Lones offered to go on the dump Committee with Dave Gerow. Discussion on an area near the dump for dead cars.”

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July 12, 1978

18 members present

“Dave Gerow reported on the work done by the Garbage Recycling Committee. He gave a resume of plan set up by a former Committee and carried on by present Committee of Dave Gerow, Jim Thornsbury, John Chitty and Steve Lones. He outlined the 2 phases of the plan—

Short term: Beginning with a work party on July 30. Volunteers to construct sorting area, bins, and a temporary shelter, install a furnace type incinerator that is being donated.

They have plans for an education program, to get the cooperation of all the users of the dump in sorting their garbage and thus allow an orderly and successful recycling program. A recycling Coordinator is to be hired.

The longer term phase included capital investments, more permanent buildings and larger incinerator, shredders, etc.

Moved by Doris that we accept in principle the work done by Garbage Recycling Committee and proceed as outlined. Also that the executive approach the Pollution Control Board and Regional Board for funding. Seconded by Carol Martin. Carried unanimously.”

(Same year Big Tribune Park established!)

August 9, 1978

18 members present

“Kathi Linman has been hired as garbage dump custodian. Directions for use of the dump in future were passed out. Dick Martin reported that the pollution Control branch would match money raised locally through taxation, after the operation has been put into practice and running successfully.”

September 13, 1978

5 members present (plus 5 non-members)

John Chitty reported on the Dump Committee. Kathi asked for a meeting with the committee on Friday at noon. At this time another work party will be set up to complete the work needed for the sorted garbage.

Kathi reported that people are sorting their garbage quite well. The committee reported that they have spent $1,300on the enterprise plus Kathi’s salary.”

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January 10, 1979

“Kathi Linman, Recycling Coordinator, gave a report on the project. They have sent out one truck load to the recycling depot in Vancouver, from which they received enough money to pay expenses of hauling. Another load will soon be ready.

There [are] enough funds to carry on the project until May only.

Mr. Mac Salterman of Regional Board was present at the meeting and spoke on the projected budget for the Hornby Island Recycling project. He asked if we were willing to have an increase of 2 Mills on our taxes, as indicated to be necessary for the projected budget. John Chitty, Chairman of the Recycling Committee, explained how the funds are being used and how they plan to make it work, with no increase in the mill rate.”

April 11, 1979

“Recycling committee report presented by John Chitty described funding and assessment of operations. 1979 operating budget is $6,870. 1978 expenses totaled $5,416. Income from 1979 taxes $6,522 and Pollution Control Grant ($3,100) leaves a net present deficit of $2,664. Part 2 of grant is applying for additional $4,200. In addition Hornby can be relieved of $3,872 Pidgeon Lake assessment if Recycling succeeds.

Assessment shows main problem to be lack of public information and cooperation. Various possible solutions to specific problems were described.”

(Kathi Linman retired as coordinator.)

The Executives described a proposal made to them by the Regional District administrator that the Ratepayers enter into a contract for the delivery of Recycling and Fire protection services. Recommended by Bob Phillips that this be postponed for further study. Tabling motion carried.”


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Thanks to Bob Cain for letting us use some pictures from his archive.Bob Cain has been documenting thet Hornby Island Recycling Depot since its incarnation. Here are many more pictures of our little recycling depot..

You make choices when you shop.
Consider the environmental effects of a product BEFORE you purchase it.

Here are some precycling suggestions:

  • Buy items that can be reused rather than thrown away.
  • Avoid disposals such as diapers. razors, lighters and pens, plastic foodware, paper plates, throwaway batteries. Each of these has a reusable alternative.
  • Choose the least packaged item or buy in bulk.
  • Buy milk, juice and beer in bottles.
  • Tell your store manager when you see excessive packaging. Encourage local businesses to use and sell recycled content products.
  • Bring your own grocery bag or box.

Buying recycled is the third step in the recycling loop -- without it, you're not really recycling.

Please do your part to increase market demand for recycled products by purchasing items which have recycled packaging or contents. This way companies will be encouraged to expand their usage of recycled components in manufactured goods.

If you're not buying recycled, you're not really recycling!

 


Our Free Store

 


 

 

 

A thriving and very active component of
the Hornby Island RecycleDepot is our
FREE STORE
.

Here you can find a new outfit for yourself or your kids,
books and magazines
furniture
kitchen equipment
toys
gardening tools
sewing patterns
the list is endless!

 


   

HORNBY ISLAND SOLAR DEMONSTRATION PROJECT ~ 2016

  • This past June (2016), a 28 panel solar array was installed on the south-facing (back) roof of our Free Store.  Another 7 panels will be installed in February, bringing the array up to 35 panels.  
  • To date, the solar panel array of 28 panels has produced almost 4 mega watt hours of electricity since the June installation.  The solar installation has, in fact, supplied all the electricity needed for the Depot from June through November of 2016!

 

HOW and WHY:

  • Under their Transportation and Energy initiative, mandated by the Hornby Vision Process,  HICEEC is working to move Hornby to a post-carbon economy.  The steering group wanted to implement a concrete project in year 1 that set a new tone for how we think about a post-carbon infrastructure, while building local knowledge, resilience, and economic benefits.
  • As an example:  According to MIT Technology Review, Germany, the 4th largest economy in the world, is now the world’s largest solar market.  The latitude of Germany is between 48 degrees and 54 degrees.  The latitude of Vancouver Island is between 48 degrees and 51 degrees.  In 2015, renewables accounted for 1/3 of the electricity consumed in Germany.  Germany’s carbon emissions in 2014 were 27% lower than 1990 levels.

 

  • HICEEC / HIRRA applied to the Comox Valley Regional District for Community Works / Gas Tax funding for the project.  A feasibility study and system design was completed by Ian Emberton, a local electrician.  The project was then approved by the CVRD board in November 2015.

 

HICEEC AND HIRRA looked at several different commercial buildings on Hornby for the solar demonstration project and selected the Free Store roof as the best location.

  • The purpose of this solar demonstration project is to educate residents about the performance and financial cost/reward of a publicly visible solar project on Hornby.  This Project is expected to reduce the Recycling Depot’s energy bill by at least half over the 30 year demonstration timeline.

 A further goal of the Solar Project is to educate homeowners about opportunities for local energy production.

  • Under the agreement, HIRRA  owns, and insures, the solar panels and components, which are installed on the CVRD-owned building. The solar panels cover almost the entire south-facing roof, and will produce about 7200 kwh per year; known as a 7kw system.

 

  • Stan Combs produced a spreadsheet for looking at the financial efficiency of the proposed system.  He used conservative production and financial projections. This model is available and can be used for research into other public or private solar projects on the island.
  • The cost of the Project was $32,000.  This cost included the HICEEC Feasibility Study and an informational sign which will be installed up at the Recycling Depot.

 

  • Tenders were requested for the installation of the solar panels, and of the  4 companies that applied, GabEnergy, a non-profit society located on Gabriola Island was chosen.  GabEnergy has done about 100 installations on the Gulf Islands, is a non-profit company, and is passionate about sharing what they have learned as well as involving and training local people.  They use very good quality materials and their price was exceedingly competitive.

Our Solar System consisting of 35 solar panels, each with it’s own micro-inverter is “grid-tied”, which means that it feeds directly into the BC Hydro grid and does not require any batteries for storage.

  • The Warranty, which is third-party insured, is for 25 years.  The Silicon cells used were made in Germany and assembled in Canada.

 

  • As a part of the Project, Dave Neads of GabEnergy, taught a one-day Solar Workshop about how to ascertain if your home would be a good candidate for solar panel installation.  The workshop was advertised on Hornby for the reasonable cost of $25, and was attended by 10 Hornby residents.
  • Dave Neads put together a great little  booklet, “BASIC SOLAR”,  which is open-source and can easily be photocopied for anyone that is interested.

He makes the point that the Micro Inverters are “really the heart of the revolution in solar design. They transform the DC power coming from the module into AC power that is needed in the home.  ……they do it in such a way that it is fully compatible with the BC Hydro grid.   ……..they allow an array that is much more tolerant of shading”,  as each module, with it’s own micro inverter, functions independently, in the array.   

  • Dave also set up a website which you can use to follow the real-time energy production of our system.  At enlighten.enphaseenergy.com you will see there the amount of energy being created, and used, as you watch.
  • Now, I would like to invite each of you to consider “Conservation of Energy” as this can be seen as our FIRST SOURCE of renewal energy. Reducing your use of electricity can be very helpful before you purchase and set up a solar array for your home.

 

  • In 2014, BC Government and BC Hydro announced a 28 per cent electricity rate hike  to take place over five years, beginning with a nine per cent jump in  2014.  After this set of increases is completed in 2019, there will be another announcement as to whether more increases will be put in place.

Looking closely at our own use of energy has the immediate benefit of reducing your BC Hydro bill – very lucrative as the Hydro rates are continuing to rise.

I decided last November to do this for our home in Sandpiper.  We used a very good book that I found in our local library.  “THE HOME ENERGY DIET”, by Paul Scheckel, is available at our Library, and is a very user-friendly guide to how to save money by making your home Energy Smart.  It is very comprehensive and easy to use.

  • We checked for doors and windows for heat loss and replaced or installed weather stripping. 
  • We flushed our Hot Water tank and played with the setting till we had the lowest setting that could work for us. 
  • We replaced all our light bulbs with LED bulbs (soft/warm option) meaning we now use about 1/6th of the energy we were using for light!
  • We discussed where we might conveniently locate a clothes drying rack. We found a perfect spot in the landing at the top of the stairs, that we BOTH like to use.  A dryer load of laundry takes only about 3 hours to dry, FOR FREE!

It was fun, it feels good, we pay less to BC Hydro, and if we decide to install solar panels, we know we have brought our consumption down and will need fewer panels (less cost!) to meet our electricity needs.
Some other excellent resources are:
“CATCHING THE SUN” is a 2015 documentary, available on Netflix, takes a diverse look at the transition to solar power.  It speaks directly to the false idea that clean energy, such as solar or wind, requires sacrificing economic prosperity.

“THE LEAP” by Chris Turner, available at our Library, is well-written, well-researched, interesting and informative about the emerging world of cleantech possibility.  Definitely  a “Good News” book!                          
2017 New Horizon’s Literary Lunch Talk about the HI Solar Demonstration Project:
Take-aways:

  • “BASIC SOLAR – DESIGN AND INSTALL YOUR OWN SOLAR ARRAY” booklet , by Dave Neads, of GabEnergy,  Gabriola, BC.  This Booklet is open-source and can be photocopied.
  • To follow the real-time energy production of the solar array on the HI Free Store roof,  go to enlighten.enphaseenergy.com.  You will see there the amount of energy being created, and used, as you watch.

 

  •  “CATCHING THE SUN” is a 2015 documentary, available on Netflix, takes a diverse look at the transition to solar power.  It speaks directly to the false idea that clean energy, such as solar or wind, requires sacrificing economic prosperity.
  • “THE HOME ENERGY DIET”, by Paul Scheckel, is available at our Library, and is a very user-friendly guide to how to save money by making your home Energy Smart.  It is very comprehensive and easy to use.

 

  • “THE LEAP” by Chris Turner, is available at our Library, well-written, well-researched, interesting and informative about the emerging world of cleantech possibility.  A “Good News” book!

2017 New Horizon’s Literary Lunch Talk about the HI Solar Demonstration Project:
Take-aways:

  • “BASIC SOLAR – DESIGN AND INSTALL YOUR OWN SOLAR ARRAY” booklet , by Dave Neads, of GabEnergy,  Gabriola, BC.  This Booklet is open-source and can be photocopied.
  • To follow the real-time energy production of the solar array on the HI Free Store roof,  go to enlighten.enphaseenergy.com.  You will see there the amount of energy being created, and used, as you watch.

 

  •  “CATCHING THE SUN” is a 2015 documentary, available on Netflix, takes a diverse look at the transition to solar power.  It speaks directly to the false idea that clean energy, such as solar or wind, requires sacrificing economic prosperity.
  • “THE HOME ENERGY DIET”, by Paul Scheckel, is available at our Library, and is a very user-friendly guide to how to save money by making your home Energy Smart.  It is very comprehensive and easy to use.

 

  • “THE LEAP” by Chris Turner, is available at our Library, well-written, well-researched, interesting and informative about the emerging world of cleantech possibility.  A “Good News” book!

 

LINKS

  • THE COAST WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION
    The Hornby Island Recycling Depot is a member of The Coast Waste Management Association (CWMA), a nonprofit organization formed to represent the waste management interests of government, non-profits, and businesses on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Central Coast of BC

  • HIRRA (Hornby Island Residence ane Ratepayers Association)
    HIRRA, along with our local Island Trustees, represents the interests of islanders with respect to local and regional issues. HIRRA is one of the principal service providers on our island, and has contracts with the Regional District of Comox-Strathcona for the provision of regional district services on Hornby Island.

  • CVRD Depots (Comox Strathcona Waste Management Recycling Depots)

  • Great Short Film about our Recyling Depoty and Free Store by "Real Things"

  • Bob Cain's Recycling Photos
    Bob Cain has been documenting thet Hornby Island Recycling Depot since its incarnation. Here are many more pictures of our little recycling depot.
  • HORNBY ISLAND
    More information and pictures of our beautiful island off the coast of British Columbia.

  • RECYCLING COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (RCBC) Canada’s oldest recycling council. Founded in 1974 and registered provincially and federally as a non-profit organization. Starting out as an umbrella group for community based non-profit recycling societies, today the RCBC's 300 members include governments, businesses, non-profit societies, and interested individuals from all parts of British Columbia -- and beyond.
    Thier mission is to be a non-profit organization that brings everyone together to work for environmental sustainability. They advocate waste avoidance and resource conservation through education and information services, and through participation in policy development.

  • ENVIROLINK
    An online environmental community with a wealth of contacts and information for the environmentally aware. Connected to this site is ENVIROARTS, a site featuring essays, poetry, interviews, and portfolios gleaned largely from the pages of the award-winning magazines.

  • ECO-CYCLE
    A community based program in Boulder Colorado, Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest and is the largest of nonprofit community recyclers in the US Founded in 1976, Eco-Cycle continues to promote a strong conservation ethic.

  • ANTI-RECYCLING MYTHS
    Sponsored by The Environmental Defense Fund , this rebuttal to the New York Times article, "Recycling is Garbage" is an excellent read.



For further information
Contact Recycling Program Manager
Stani Veselinovic

EMAIL: hiwmc@yahoo.com
Phone: 250 335-0550

 


November 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tessa Mythos whole heartedly for artistically painting our fire fighting water tank. You may have seen her progress this past month as she was working hard on transforming our firefighting tank. We are exceedingly happy with the amazing art work she produced for the Hornby Island Recycling Program.  Next time you are at the depot take a look at her work and be amazed. We would also like to thank HIAC for making this art happen at our little recycling depot. Thanks go out to the CVRD as well as they funded all the prep work and will fund sealing the art work as well. We also thank Lawrence Maude for taking on the job of prepping and priming the old rusted firefighting tank. Thanks to the Hornby Island Volunteers Fire Department for providing the primer for the tank and for updating the tanks valves. What a great outcome form a project that was instigated by Lynn Carmichael, former chair of the of HIAC, over five years ago. Thanks to her as well.
The pilot program Recycle BC started on June 1st,  adding an additional stream of plastics to our collection process is working well. Recycle BC diverts this stream of plastic to a Waste to Energy facility on the main land. We appreciate everyone cooperation and participation. If you want to find out more about this new program you can check out  their website at https://recyclebc.ca/flexiblepackaging/
Currently we are busy preparing the 2019 operating budget and are looking forward to presenting it to the membership at the next HIRRA meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30pm at NEW HORIZONS CENTER.
Thanks everyone for their co-operation in refraining from depositing drywall in the wrong places and partaking in the slightly laborious procedure we have been saddled with. This new system is working well and we have been able to divert over twenty yard from the land fill and have this martials shipped to a recycler. This material will be recycled into new drywall here in British Columbia.
We also would like to thank all the volunteers who spent countless hours sorting at the free store, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island; and a thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. And a big Thank you to all our staff for their commitment and hard work. 

Thank You.

Stani


October  2018

Fall has arrived and things are slowing down once again at the recycling depot. We had a wonderful 40th anniversary celebration on September 8 2018 and want to thank all those who participated and celebrated.   Thank you to Reina LeBaron and her models who organized a fantastic free store fashion show. Thank you to Eleanora Laffin and Morgot Bushnell for displaying your fabulous quilts made from free store materials. Thank you to Don Innes and Catherine Cross for the recycling craft display. Thank you Dave Mills for sharing your recycled art with us. Thank you to Peter Huron, Tony Wilson, and Bill Smith for making some eclectic music for us that afternoon. And thanks to the Kritters for rocking the depot till closing. A special thank you to Jon Laskin for making us a special 40th anniversary cake. Fun was had by all. Thank you to the recycling committee , the free store volunteers and the staff for making this event such a memorable experience.
Thanks to everyone who bought a 40th anniversary celebration T-Shirt. We are almost sold out but  have a few left for sale at the depot.
Tessa Mythos has started to artistically paint our firefighting tank. Come and check out her progress next time  you are at the recycling depot. We are looking forward to see the finished product.
We have switched back to regular pricing and a regular bag of garbage is $3.50 a small bag is $1.75 and a large bag is $6.00. We are also now closed on Thursdays to the public.
Currently we are working on the 2019 operating budget for the recycling program witch will be presented to the HIRRA membership this  fall.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who spent  hours sorting at the free store, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island.


See you all on depot hill.


Stani


September 2018


This summer has been a busy one for the Hornby Island Recycling Depot. We have shipped more recyclable and Refundables than in previous years. This is due to an increase in usership during the summer months and a broadening scope of the materials we can ship of the island to be recycled.
We want to thank Pat Hargrave for hosting our annual Volunteer and Staff Summer Party. Fun was had by everyone. The food was provided by Hornby Island Bakery and Pizzeria and was delicious. Thank you, Jon and Jane.
 Our 40th anniversary celebration is on September the 8th at the recycling depot during the regular depot hours. The Fall Fair will also be celebrating "Recycling" on September 9. It will be a full weekend of “Recycling Celebrations”.
Thanks to everyone who bought one of our 40th anniversary celebration T-shirts. We’re almost sold out of and have a few left for sale at the depot.
We would like to announce that the recycling committee selected Tessa Mythos to artistically paint our fire fighting water tank. We want to thank everyone again who submitted ideas to this great little project. We would also like to thank Lawrence Maude for taking on the job of prepping and priming our old rusted firefighting tank.
A big shout out to Peter Huron for lending his voice to our little recycling celebration video. Thanks go to Bob Cain for letting us use his archival photos and thank you Jake Berman for the drone footage he shot for us. Check out our facebook page to see the video if you have not yet done so. There is also a YouTube link on our website if you don’t facebook.
We would like to thank all the commercial customers who adapted to the new “Commercial Cardboard” routine and helped to make this transition as smooth as possible. We understand that it is not always easy to deal with the large amount of recycling that is created during the summer months by a commercial enterprise and appreciate you cooperation very much.
And a tremendous thank you to all the volunteers who spent summer hours sorting at the free store, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island. A thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. And a big Thank you to the staff for your commitment. 
See you all up on depot hill.
Stani

July - August 2018

 

So it's been one month since we added an additional stream of plastics to our collection process. We now are collecting Stand-Up and Zipper Lock Pouches, Crinkle Wrappers and Bags, Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seals, Non-Food Protective Plastic Packaging (Bubble Wrap) and Woven and Net Plastic Bags. These are all part of the new stream of plastics collected by Recycle BC. Our staff will be available to assist you with any questions regarding this new plastics stream. This is a pilot project run by Recycle BC and we will see if this stream will be permanently added by the end of 2018.

We are now in full swing preparing for the 40th anniversary this September. Our celebration at the depot will be on September 8th  during the regular depot day and the Fall Fair will be celebrating "Recycling" on September 9. It will be a full weekend of Recycling Celebrations. If you are interested in being part of the celebration team let us know. We have a sign-up sheet in the office for all those interested. We will be having a band, an art show in the depot garden, some treats, and more. And for those who are wondering………….. There will be cake.

We also wanted everyone to know about our new 40th Celebration T-Shirts that are now on sale at the recycling depot. We wanted to thank everyone who submitted ideas. We are very happy with the design that was created by the super talented Tyler Mason from a design idea submitted to us by Reina LeBaron. THANK YOU!

Our website has received an update and you can check it out at hirre.ca/recycle/. There you find important information about the new drywall processing requirements and links to pertinent forms.

We also wanted to apologize to all the artist who have submitted a design for the Get Tanked project. We have made some mistakes in the original call for proposals and now, to satisfy all of HIACS requirement, we will be issuing another call for submissions soon. We are working hard to have the next call for submissions contain all the requirements HIAC requires. Again, our apologies and look out for the new call for the Get Tanked project at the recycling depot.

Thanks to Doug Chinnery and the Hornby Island Volunteer Fire Department for helping us out with upgrading our Fire Fighting Tank and donating all the paint to have it primed for our little art project.

We would like to remind everyone again that we are now accept interact and credit card payments. We hope that this service will serve everyone well making it more convenient to pay for your garbage.

Thank you to all the volunteers who spent countless hours sorting at the free store, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island. And thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. And a big Thank you to the staff for your commitment. 

See you all up on depot hill.

Stani

June 2018 


Get ready to recycle even more. As of June 1, 2018 we will be adding an additional stream of plastics to our collection process. We will be collecting Stand-up and Zipper Lock Pouches, Crinkle Wrappers and Bags, Flexible Packaging with Plastic Seals, Non-Food Protective Plastic Packaging (Bubble Wrap) and Woven and Net Plastic Bags. These are all part of the new stream of plastics collected by Recycle BC. Our staff will be available to assist you with any questions regarding this new plastics stream.

You may know already that the recycling depot and free store will be having its 40th anniversary this September. We will be having a celebration at the depot on September 8th. If you are interested in being part of the celebration team let us know. We have a sign-up sheet in the office for all those interested.

And for those who are wondering………….. There will be cake.

As we are writing this article we are still looking for some summer staff. We are looking for material handlers and are offering part time positions at 20 hours per week. The current rate of pay is $17.22/hour and we are looking for people to work Thursday through Fridays. If you are interested in joining our team of recyclers stop by at the office, call us at 250-335-0550, email us at hiwmc@yahoo.com or drop us a line in the Free Post.

Currently our regional district is researching “Waste to Energy” solutions for our region. Your recycling committee is requesting the HIRRA membership to write a letter in opposition to WTE solutions to the CVRD board. If you feel strongly about this topic, please get in touch with our committee members and let them know your views. They are Jan Kennedy, Kathi Sauve, Barbara Baird, Ilze Raudzins and Alsoon Brine. You can also talk to our HIRRA executive members President Rob McCreary, Vice President Linda Manzer, Treasurer Lynn Nunley or Secretary Anita Lewis.

Our website has received an update and you can check it out at hirre.ca/recycle/. There you find important information about the new drywall processing requirements and links to pertinent forms.

We would like to remind everyone again that we are now accept interact and credit card payments. We hope that this service will serve everyone well making it more convenient to pay for your garbage.

Thank you to all the volunteers who spent countless hours sorting at the free store, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island. And thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. And a big Thank you to the staff for your commitment.  

See you all up on depot hill.

Stani

May 2018


The first quarter of 2018 has been business as usual at the Hornby Island Recycling Depot.

We collected and shipped five 40-yard bins of household garbage, two bins of construction waste, two wood waste bins, three scrap metal bins and eight bins of recycling of the island. We shipped twelve skids of “Product Care” materials so far.  Our drywall diversion program collected one 20-yard waste bin full of dry wall scraps and old drywall

We are collaborating with HIAC on having our firefighting tank painted artistically this year and we are looking for ideas and artist to help us to complete this project. We hope to convert the tank, so our volunteer firefighters can easily connect their equipment at the same time. The cost for prepping the tank would be covered by the CVRD and HIAC has some monies available for the artistic component. If you or you know someone that wants to get involved in this project? Contact us. Submission deadline has been extended to May 15th, 2018.
Recently we updated our website and it is now easily accessible through the HIRRA website or by going directly to www.hirra.ca/recycle/. We want to take this opportunity to thank Bob Cain for letting us use his pictures on our history page. As many of you know September 2018 will be an important date for the Hornby Island Recycling Depot for it marks the 40th anniversary of Reducing Reusing and Recycling up on the hill. We are planning a celebration for this important event. We are currently talking to musicians, artists and volunteers to participate. We hope to have a T-Shirt available for sale as a fund raiser to help cover celebration cost and the recycling committee is researching other funding avenues. We would like to thank all the volunteers who spent countless hours sorting at the free store, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island.A big thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to the Recycling Depot., also we would like to acknowledge Scott Hardy, Scott Sweeney Annie Nagle, Phi Bailey and Shawn Jamison for their hard work and dedication.

See you all up on depot hill.

Stani

April 2018

Notes from the Depot………………………….

The Hornby Island Recycling Depot wants to get tanked.  More precisely we want to artistically have our water tank painted. We are working together with the Hornby Islands Arts Council and their tank painting project “Get Tanked” that has so magnificently beautified the island fire fighting tanks. We are currently looking for an artist and idea for the tanks artwork. There is some money available form the Hornby Islands Arts Council for this project’s artist and the dead line for submissions is April 30, 2018. If you are interested and need some more information please contact us via the Free Post, email at hiwmc@yahoo.com, phone 250 335 0550 or at the depot office.
We wanted to thank everyone for all the wonderful design submissions for our 40th anniversary T-Shirts and we will unveil the winning design shortly. Many of you have seen the contenders on the recycling depots FaceBook page. We hope you enjoyed the pre-view. Will your favorite be chosen?
The 40th anniversary of the Recycling Depot and Free Store is coming and closer. We may bee looking into hiring a “Co-ordinator” to make sure everyone’s great ideas come to fruition, and if you think that you have the stuff to “Co-ordinate” this fabulous event talk to the Recycling Committee or the manager at let us know that you are interested. We have laid some ground work already. We hope that there will be band of musicians making some noise with instruments made from recycled materials. Now wouldn’t that be fun.
A reminder that the elections for “Committee Members of Hornby Island Committees” is approaching fast and if you are interested in being part of our great little recycling committee let HIRRA, our committee members or the management know that you would like to be part of a great thing.
Our website has received an update and you can check it out at hirre.ca/recycle/. There you find important information about the new drywall processing requirements and links to pertinent forms.
We would like to remind everyone again that we are now accept interact and credit card payments. We hope that this service will serve everyone well making it more convenient to pay for your garbage.
Thank you to all the volunteers who spent countless hours sorting at the free store, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store possible for the residents and visitors of Hornby Island. And thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. And a big Thank you to the staff for your commitment. 
See you all up on depot hill.

Stani

March 2018

Notes from the Depot………………………….

Winter seemed to be on the way out as last months article was being written. In February however we were stuck in the snow for good.  We had to close one Sunday as we received so much snow that the roads where not cleared in time for us to make it to the depot. Only Scott Hardy, hardcore as he is, walked all the way to the depot so he could clear it of the white stuff in time for us to open the following week. So, a BIG hearty “Thank You” Scott Hardy for going the extra mile.
As we have been mentioning before, the 40th anniversary of the Recycling Depot and Free Store is this upcoming September. We are planning a celebration and are looking for your input, ideas and help. We may bee looking into hiring a “Co-ordinator” to make sure everyone’s great ideas come to fruition, and if you think that you have the stuff to “Co-ordinate” this fabulous event talk to the Recycling Committee or the manager at let us know that you are interested. We have laid some ground work already. We hope that there will be band of musicians making some noise with instruments made from recycled materials. We have spread the word that we are looking for a T-Shirt design and are happy to say that they are coming in. The deadline for the T-Shirt design submissions is the 31st of March 2018. So, if you have an idea share it with us. Who knows it might be used and someone in Hawaii may be walking around with a T-Shirt that you designed. (We know many Hornby visitors and residents hang out in Hawaii at times.)
The annual elections for “Committee Members of Hornby Island Committees” is approaching fast and if you are interested in being part of our great little recycling committee let HIRRA, our committee members or the management know that you would like to be part of a great thing.
We would like to remind everyone again that we are now accept interact and credit card payments. We hope that this service will serve everyone well making it more convenient to pay for your garbage.
Thanks again to all the volunteers who arrive every weekend and do their thing to make our “Free Store” unique and a wonderful thing. Countless hours are spent by these volunteers, for no pay whatsoever, making the Free Store available to the residents and visitors of Hornby Island. And thank you to the “Recycling Committee” and the “HIRRA” executive for dedicating many volunteer hours to help run our little depot. Thanks to you all.  See you all up on depot hill.
Stani

This page is dedicated to feature some creative ideas that practice the tripple "R" movement

 

Advocato shells serving as starting pot

truck

Toy truck made from "Junk"