Thursday, December 30, 2010

Highlights of 2010 - #2

Our 20th Anniversary

Over the past 20 years, trained MCRP volunteers have been involved in some unique branch activities.In 1993 they helped with two weekends of the “Great Compost Giveaway” helping distribute over 10,000 tonnes of free compost from the Clear Bag program to Edmonton residents.
The MCRP volunteers helped with the 1994 sale at Clark Stadium of more than 4000 composting bins, and conducted workshops on backyard composting. Volunteers have participated in the opening celebration of various Waste Management Branch facilities.They helped with the paint exchange part of the toxic roundups before the Eco Stations existed. They have taught ESL classes on recycling to newcomers, given presentations in classrooms, and to Girl Guides and Boy Scouts groups.
The volunteers have also helped out with Garbage Fairs – which were turned into Reuse Fairs and Round Ups. Many have become involved with the Reuse Centre.

Volunteers continue to make a positive impact on the community. They help clear up confusion about what to recycle, and help residents get started with composting. Volunteers even share their vermicomposting “red wiggler” worms with others. They assist branch staff by working at information booths and display tables at special events such as the Renovation Show, Women's Show, the Home and Garden Show, Capital Ex, Earth Day celebrations, and many others. Of course, their mentorship of new grads is instrumental to the success of the course, and to the continuation of the program.

Thanks for Twenty Great Years!

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