A Langley university student has spent her summer helping people be greener as an ambassador for ElectoRecycle, the province's small appliance recycling program.
Krisandra Reid heard about the ambassador position through the Simon Fraser University Co-op Program.
"I did not know about ElectroRecycle prior to seeing the job posting, but this is part of the reason I was so intrigued to be a part of it all," said the 23-year-old. "The more I read about the program, the more I realized how important it is for us to have stewardship programs for all of these recyclable materials that currently end up in the landfill."
The program piqued her interest because she already devotes energy to making the planet a cleaner place to live.
"Even more important is making these programs well known in our communities," Reid said. "I wanted to be a part of that movement, and to help increase public awareness of the various recycling options we have access to."
She has always tried to live sustainably, buying local foods and cycling whenever possible.
"I have a renewed sense of my personal impact on the environment, and I have become more aware of different recycling avenues in general," Reid said.
ElectroRecycle was launched in October 2011 to meet a recycling mandate from the provincial Ministry of the Environment.
"To find the nearest depot to you, just go to www.electrorecycle.ca, plug in your postal code, and voila," Reid said. "You'll be amazed by how many products can actually be recycled these days." It is the first recycling program of its kind in Canada, and the only government-approved recycling program in B.C. for electrical appliances.
"Most people are happy to hear that there is somewhere else they can bring these items, other than to the landfill," she said. "We find that people are more aware of the effect a microwave oven might have if that entire cube of metal, plastic, and glass is dropped at the dump, but folks seem a bit more surprised when they realize our program covers smaller products too, such as electric toothbrushes and hair straighteners. If you plug it in or put batteries in it, and it's small enough to pick up, chances are you can recycle it."
As one of six program ambassadors Reid had the chance to travel around B.C., namely the Central Okanagan (Kelowna to Vernon), South Okanagan (Osoyoos to Penticton), Northern B.C. (100 Mile House to Prince Rupert), and the Kootenays (Grand Forks to Fernie).
"Half of the summer was spent on the road, working with environmental groups, collection facilities, municipal governments, regional governments, media, retailers, and the local community at events," she explained.
Now that the summer position is wrapping up, the young woman, who attended grew up in Langley City and attended Uplands Elementary and H.D. Stafford Secondary, continues her education.
A self-described theatre nut, she was involved in school productions such as Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, and Fame in addition to volunteering around the community.
Since graduating high school, she's been involved with Bard in the Valley, and is one of its five founders.
Next up is applying for SFU's Master in Public Policy program.
Reid hopes to gain a position within government, focusing on engaging communities in policy making decisions and strengthening the relationship between government and the community.
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