Nfld. & Labrador

Recycling depot to introduce new solar-powered service

Ever Green Recycling is introducing a first-of-its-kind solar-powered recycling container so customers can use the service 24/7.
The new container will be installed at the depot on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's. (Ever Green Recycling)

Ever Green Recycling plans to introduce a new high-tech, solar-powered recycling container to make the service more convenient for users. 

The container, which will be installed at the depot on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's, will be the first of its kind in the province.

"It allows a 24/7 experience for customers," said Mike Wadden, president of Ever Green Recycling. "It extends the express system that's already available in the depots."

Wadden said it will be similar to the existing automated express kiosk used by account holders. The difference is that customers will have the option to drop off recyclables any time, day or night.

Wadden said the machine will not replace any staff, and depending on the uptake, more employees may be needed.

"Containers still have to be counted," said Wadden. "So it's basically extending what we're doing right now, just to improve the convenience factor to the customer. And hopefully that will mean more containers are recycled which will hopefully mean more employment."

The recycling bin is also portable, and could be moved to other areas, such as a supermarket parking lot.

The new solar-powered container means users can drop off recyclables any time of the day or night. (Ever Green Recycling)
"And all of a sudden, instead of making a special trip to a depot, as you're getting your groceries, you can drop off your containers," said Wadden.

He said the machine is a prototype, and will only take beverage containers. Even though it's solar powered, Wadden said it will also be connected to the grid to ensure reliability. 

He expects the new recycling machine will be installed by the end of June, and fully operational sometime in the summer.

Files from the St. John's Morning Show