As summer arrives we welcome all visitors to our islands and hope that everyone will stop by our depot to recycle, to buy a refurbished bicycle at the ReCycle Bike Shop or to pick up some free books, magazines, free paint or curiosity items in our Free Store. To encourage re-use we have expanded the ReShop which has interesting items available for a suggested donation. Newcomers and visitors are encouraged to ask depot staff for a tour of the facility and to ask us questions anytime. You can spot depot staff members by our green shirts and gloves.
The recycling depot is now on summer hours: Tuesdays 8am - 3pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 3pm and Sundays 1 - 4pm. The ReCycle Community Bike Shop is open for repairs, tune-ups, bike sales, parts, and safety checks, with bike mechanic Ken Marshall on-site every Sunday afternoon. Bikes can be dropped off for repairs anytime during depot open hours.
We wish to extend a warm welcome to new PIRS board members David Book and Joyce Thayer and to thank them for taking an interest in preserving our environment. We also want to give a huge thank you to Denny Ferguson who is stepping down from serving on the board and filling the role of secretary for a number of years.
The number of depot users has increased from last year which is great news but it also means that we are quite busy most of the time, making our limited parking an issue. One way to help is to pre-sort recyclables at home to reduce time at the depot and to avoid arriving during the first and last hour which tend to be the busiest. You can also plan ahead by using our website for information about our services and operation, at www.penderislandrecycling.com. Please take care to drive very slowly through the depot for everyone’s safety and to keep the dust level down.
The wasps are arriving at this time of year and we want to remind everyone that washing/rinsing your recyclables truly helps in keeping wasps away. If you have a severe allergy or are fearful of being close to the bins when wasps are around please notify staff and we can help.
There will not be a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day this year as the Capital Regional District has advised us that they will no longer be hosting this costly event. We still accept leftover household paint, varnish, shellacs and stains free of charge anytime. For details please see our website and search for “paint”.
We are making plans for the Fall Fair on August 27 and hope you are too. We’d like to encourage everyone to start thinking of creative re-use of materials for entries in our Fall Fair recycled creations categories. Please see the Pender Islands Fall Fair program for more details. We look forward to seeing the entries!