ElectroRecycle, BC’s small appliance and power tool recycling program, is sponsoring a public skate Saturday at Rutland Arena to help promote both the diversion of materials from landfills and waterways and to raise funds for KidSport.
“We really wanted to make a difference in Kelowna with a fundraising initiative that everyone could relate to,” saids Alicia Garside, community development coordinator at ReGeneration, the management organization behind ElectroRecycle.
“Protecting the environment and encouraging an active lifestyle go hand in hand, so having the ability to raise funds for KidSport with something as easy as recycling broken or unwanted electrical appliances seemed like a great fit.”
To instill the recycling message, the ElectroRecycle Power Skate will charge a unique admission fee—residents are asked to bring their old or unwanted small appliances and power tools to Rutland Arena for recycling instead of cash.
For every kilogram of product collected ElectroRecycle will make a $1 donation to KidSport Kelowna, a charity dedicated to helping kids be able to afford to play organized sports. Those who bring in recyclable items skate for free.
“Keeping kids active in sport will promote healthy active lifestyles and recycling will help to keep our communities healthy places to live and play,” said Cheryl Browne, chapter chair of KidSport Kelowna.
Recycling collection bins will be set up at Rutland Arena, 645 Dodd Rd., from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the public skate will be from 1 to 3:15 p.m.