The Elk Valley Society for Community Living (EVSCL) has been working with the Regional District of East Kootenay on a recycling program to benefit the environment and children with special needs.
Since 1975, the EVSCL has provided a summer program for children. This year, the Summer Program for Children with Special Needs will run from July to August in both Fernie and Sparwood.
“We are hoping that the receipts from the returnables will help us fund our Summer Program for Children with Needs,” said EVSCL treasurer and summer program coordinator Gayle Vallance.
She added, “This program provides parents with respite and the children with integrated activities over the summer months.”
The returnable bottle/can program is currently run at the Fernie Transfer Site where the EVSCL have garbage barrels inside for collection.
So far, donations have been received from Home Hardware, Canadian Tire, A-Signs and Overwaitea.
The EVSCL is a charitable non-profit organization that has advocated for people with mental and physical challenges since their inception in 1971.