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Recycling comes to south Cowichan

Recycling is being up-cycled in south Cowichan this April in a pair of local events.

April 19 marks the debut of 'Return It' at the Valleyview Centre, a South Cowichan Community Policing-sponsored monthly opportunity for south-end residents to recycle their bottles without driving north of Duncan..

"As residents of South Cowichan we felt that making the trip to the bottle Return It depot north of Duncan is inconvenient and the return is often not worth the gas it takes to get there," SCCP program co-ordinator Alison Philp said in a media release. "We have also learned from the Return It staff that bottle drives as fundraisers are very infrequent, if ever in some areas.

"Being environmentally conscious citizens we are concerned that returnable drink containers may be going in the recycling bins or, even worse, in the garbage."

Their response is to host a 'Return It' collection on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valleyview's  recycling area at the north end of the Country Grocer parking lot on the third Saturday of every month.

"We will be set up to receive and sort your returnable bottles, cans and other drink containers (except milk products) and will truck these in to the depot and receive the money for our fundraising efforts to support our various community programs," Philp said.

"It is our hope that we will be successful enough to also accept applications from eligible South Cowichan clubs, schools or groups to support their fundraising efforts for special events."

Meanwhile, Return It and UsedCowichan are joining forces for another south-end recycling event April 26 and 27.

To celebrate "Earth Month," they will host a free community recycling drive at the Kerry Park Recreation Centre collecting power tools, electronics, small appliances, light bulbs, batteries, outdoor power equipment and other similar items.

"The earth should not be celebrated just one day a year, this is an ongoing mindset. This is more than a business, to us it is a lifestyle," Island Return It marketing manager Sophy Roberge said in a media release.

"This time of year many people have spring cleaning on their minds so we wanted to help embrace that idea and provide communities with a quick one-stop recycling event to help responsibly dispose of their recyclable products."

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