Tremel Lambrecht of Kalamalka Rotary (left) joins Venture Training employee Dan Klick and director of operations Ed Columbus to dump some glass in the new utility trailer used by Venture Training in its glass sorting contract with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Tremel Lambrecht of Kalamalka Rotary (left) joins Venture Training employee Dan Klick and director of operations Ed Columbus to dump some glass in the new utility trailer used by Venture Training in its glass sorting contract with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Glass recycling gets a real lift

Kalamalka Rotary has helped make Dan Klick’s job easier

Kalamalka Rotary has helped make Dan Klick’s job easier.

Klick is a Venture Training employee whose job is to help sort container (but not beverage) glass, such as jam and pickle jars, for the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Before Kal Rotary chipped in nearly $6,000 from its Dream Auction funds to buy a new utility trailer for Venture Training to use as they sort the glass, employees like Klick used to have put the glass in high self-dumping bins secured on the back of a flatbed trailer.

“Under the old system, we used to have to put the glass on our shoulders, stand up and drop them into the bins, and it was getting so I couldn’t do that anymore,” said Klick, sorting and dumping glass into the new utility at Chaser’s Bottle Depot one morning. “Now, we just dump the glass into the back of the trailer. You better believe this new trailer has been a huge help for us.”

Venture Training director of operations Ed Columbus said his employees take the lids off the containers and put the glass into the trailer, then it’s off to the Greater Vernon Landfill.

“That’s where the glass is crushed and used as new cover at the landfill site,” said Columbus.

The donation of the trailer came at just the right time, in early spring, right after a massive fire at the Bluewater Project recycling facility at the landfill on March 1.

 

“It really has made things a lot better,” said Columbus of the trailer.