Once a month, on a Saturday, a local mobile recycling company (Pacific Mobile Depot) sets up shop in a school parking lot in my neighbourhood. Neighbourhood residents take their used stuff to this recycling drop-off, where it gets sorted, and bagged, to be taken away by the company. Locals dropping off their stuff are asked to make a donation, to finance the company’s efforts. Local volunteers help make it all happen. This monthly event is a partnership between the company and my neighbourhood association, South Jubilee.
I volunteer every few months. I might do more yet there are many volunteers, so we take our turn. Still, I look forward to walking the few blocks to drop off my stuff. Why?because the drop-off is a place to connect with neighbours. Last week, I gave a few of those wonderful folks some voice/video time (thank you neighbours for running with my spontaneous video request, and special homage to Roger Smeeth, father of our neighbourhood recycling efforts, and who you can meet in the video)…
(can’t see it? click here)
My recycling drop-off offers
- A physical place to meet others, and that I can walk to!
- An opportunity to meet/volunteer/work alongside your neighbours
- An opportunity for neighbourly conversation; to share news, ideas, and gossip (of course), and strengthen local relationships
- A hands-on way to learn more about recycling, what happens to all the stuff
- Support to local business (note: this drop-off supplements the city’s blue box program)
- A welcoming environment; an open invitation to drop-off and/or volunteer; inter-generational (my son enjoys volunteering from time-to-time)
- The potential of collaborative partnership; e.g., neighbourhood + school + business
And you, what place do you go to meet with your neighbours? What’s your neighbourhood centre?
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