Lisa Rodgerson and Ricky Nash working at the King Street Enviro-Depot, the depot received provincial recognition for the 2013 Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence. Amy Woolvett photo
By Amy Woolvett
Shelburne’s environmental depot has just swept up the provincial award for environmental excellence.
The King Street Enviro Depot owned by Harlow’s Construction and run by managers Lisa Rodgerson and Ricky Nash has been awarded the 2013 Enviro-Depot of the year award.
It might have been spotless environment or easy accessibility that helped bring the honour of being the best enviro-depot in the province.
But many, who have visited the company, now running into its second year, would say it was the excellent customer service by friendly staff members Rodgerson and Nash.
The depot works hard for its community as well. Every month a local charity or event gets the spotlight, where people can come in and donate their refundables to organizations like Our House Youth Wellness Centre or the local food bank.
The depot will add on 10 percent to the total that was raised to go toward the groups fundraising efforts.
If a customer is unsure of what is accepted at the depot, staff will take them on a short tour, ready with information pamphlets to help clear any confusion.
“Even when we get people bringing things we don’t accept we won’t turn them away but find the proper place it should go,” said Nash. They will often work with Darrell Locke, bylaw enforcement officer for the area.
“It’s better that we take them than see them dumped on the street,” said Nash.
For their one year anniversary in July, the depot held a customer appreciation day giving out free cold bottles of water and drawing for a Sobey’s gift card.
Since opening the depot has handled 1.8-million returnable bottles.
“We count them in our sleep,” laughed Rodgerson.
It helps as well to be the cleanest depot even one year in.
“The depot sets a great example,” said Rodgerson. “Everything has a place including waste.”
The depot doesn’t just accept bottles and cans, it also accepts batteries, small appliances and electronics.
“We believe in a friendly, clean and social environment to support our local community in keeping it clean and putting waste in its place,” said Rodgerson.