Wednesday, 05 October 2011 14:33

Households urged to participate in recycling program

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By Matthew Liebenberg — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A recycling program in Swift Current that provides work to people with disabilities is hoping to expand with the help of local residents.

The program, which was created by Southwest Homes, is already providing a service to over 100 households. Executive Director Susie Eidem said the community receives a double benefit from the project.

“It’s a way to help the environment as well as provide meaningful work for people with disabilities.”

Southwest Homes created this contract recycling program as an initiative under their community based vocational day program.

“Our people with disabilities work all through the community at different businesses,” she explained. “This is a business that we have created on our own. We’ll come to people’s front doors and pick up their recycling so that they don’t have to take it to the recycling centre. For a small fee, we do that on a twice a month basis.”

There are currently 12 participants in the program. They receive an allowance and for many of them it is the first time in their lives that they are earning money.

“They’re able to get a pay cheque every month and the people that take part in this are all very excited to be able to talk about the job that they have,” Eidem said.

The participants are all supported by staff, usually one staff member to two participants. They go out as teams in the community to do a variety of jobs.

“There’s lots of businesses that have welcomed us to be partners with them,” she mentioned. “It’s a great opportunity for people with disabilities to really be part of the community and to feel like they make a difference.”

At the moment, they want to involve more city households with their recycling initiative.

“We’ve had an increase in our program lately,” she explained. “So that allowed us to add more people to our list.”

Anyone who is interested to join this initiative can sign up by phoning 306-778-4057.

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