The Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester hosted an appreciation luncheon for the recycling volunteers and the community on October 17 at the Legion. A delicious chili/bun/dessert lunch was enjoyed. Following lunch, Reeve Gord Weidenhamer gave a history of the recycling in the community.
The idea of recycling has been around for many years. In fact, if you know anyone that lived through tough times such as the Great Depression, you will have witnessed recycling, reuse, repurpose at its finest. Those people are very conscious of what it’s like to ‘do without’ and they are mindful of reusing practically everything and anything. We could take a lesson from them in today’s throw-away society.
Today, recycling involves plastics, cardboard, glass, tin, aluminum and much more. And people are more and more conscious that we cannot continue to pile these items up in our land-fill sites. Deloraine’s recycling history began in the early 1980’s at the school level. Dale McKinnon and Rick Schoonbaert initiated the program at the school — which included glass and aluminum cans and was used as a fundraiser for Grade 8’s Outdoor Adventure. The collections were sold to a company out of Winnipeg.
As recycling gained prominence and was more commonplace, the town became interested and a committee was formed. As with many new ideas, selling this concept was an uphill battle in the beginning. Once people were educated about the importance of recycling, interest continued to grow and a Saturday morning recycling depot was established. Gordie and Marina Potter operated the recycling centre, along with assistance from the grade 8 students and it was located at the former Times and Star building — 100 North Railway Ave. E. The next move was to the existing building at the ball park gate and the recycling continued to be sorted by local volunteers for many years.
Recently, the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester signed a three-year contract with Municipal Waste Management or MWM.
“Our provincial grant increases based on volume, and less M&R/Salaries attributed/expensed out to recycling, so in the end it should be a profit for us (probably not in the first year, but shortly thereafter),” said Pamela Hainsworth, CAO for Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester.
There have been many people involved in the recycling initiative the past 35 years and every year it grows a little more. Today, collection still happens but it is now trucked on one facility in Souris (MWM), and still sorted by hand.
We wish to thank everyone for their volunteerism – you showed a good example and we give you a heartwarming thank you. For anyone we have missed please know we share our appreciation of your support over the years, we could not be where we are today without GREAT and DEDICATED volunteers!” concluded Weidenhamer.