In June we start our Summer hours again, but with a slight change this year. We will be open Tuesdays 8am-3pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-3pm and Sundays 1-4pm until the end of September. Now that summer is arriving, we can also announce that the ReCycle Bike Shop is open again, but in a new and rebuilt space at the Depot. Our bike mechanic Laurie Brown will be there on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm to perform tune-ups, adjustments, repairs and safety checks on bicycles and to rebuild bikes for sale by donation. This makes our fourth summer of operating the ReCycle bikeshop!
Our new solar panels on the roof of the Depot have already generated 2 megawatt hours since the beginning of April, which is enough to power a refrigerator and four light bulbs for an entire year. I’m not sure how this compares to the energy use of a cardboard baler, but if you would like to see more details of how the solar panels are performing, each day and even down to the hour, please see our website www.penderislandrecycling.com and the link on the home page. It’s neat to see how quickly the panels generate energy, especially on a sunny day.
We have composters and food digesters in stock, ready for sale at the Depot. Also for your gardening needs our backhaul service is available, to pick up and deliver soil, mulch, bark or gravel from Saanich. Revenue from backhaul deliveries goes directly towards operations costs of the Recycling Depot, and helps our Society as a whole. For further details please see our website or ask our staff. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, this can be done on our website or at the Depot for just $20.
We can no longer accept glass that was not a jar, bottle or container holding a product. Broken drinking glasses, vases and glass panes can be brought to Ellice Recycling in Victoria for a drop-off fee, or to Heartland landfill as garbage. If not broken, these items can likely go in the Free Store; please check with staff. We do still accept broken ceramics and crockery. We would like to remind you that we accept small appliances, electronics and media (cassette and VCR tapes, CDs) as well as light bulbs and lighting fixtures, all at no charge. We also accept books.
We would like to encourage those who like to tinker, build and use a hammer to consider volunteering for a couple of hours at our Imagination Station at the Fall Fair on August 22, to help kids let out their creative juices and build something imaginative.
Our new ReShop and renewed Free Store are buzzing with activity. All sorts of items keep coming in and finding new homes. It is great to see so many people care enough to let items find a second life and avoid being discarded prematurely. Small wonder they are all good days on Pender.