A family-run recycling business in 100 Mile House has started to offer its services south through 70 Mile, Clinton, Cache Creek, and Ashcroft, and is hoping to expand further in the area.
Gold Trail Recycling Ltd. was started from scratch by Leslie Glen’s father as a bottle depot in 1996. She and her husband Mike have owned and operated the company for eight years, and Leslie says they have been working as far south as Ashcroft since last October, helping local businesses with their recycling needs.
“We’re already down there one or two times a week,” says Mike. “We have the capacity to do more if needed.”
The company offers a full range of recycling services for all types of businesses, from picking up the seven streams of recycling accepted from residences by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, to paint, batteries, and appliances, and on through industrial recycling. They also have a secure document shredding service.
“If it has a cord or a battery, we can take it,” says Mike.
Leslie says they like to try to keep the cost down as much as possible. They charge $10 per pick-up of each mega bag, which are large, durable, waterproof, and hold a large amount of material. “You just have to call us for pick-up, and the driver will drop off mega bags for you. We usually offer the first month free so that there’s a smooth transition, we can answer questions, and we can iron things out. We’re here to help, and want to make it easy for people.”
On its website the company has a “Gone Green” commercial recycling program page, which acknowledges the businesses and organizations that they provide recycling services to, with links to their websites where available. “It shows the businesses we serve, and recognizes the companies for their efforts in diverting items from the landfill,” says Leslie. “It’s also a bit of advertising for them.”
The company also handles recycling of beverage containers. “If there are only a few you can put them in a bag and donate them. If a business generates more, then they can separate them, count the items in advance, and we will mail them a cheque monthly, quarterly, whatever their preference is if they use our bag system. They get a receipt, and there’s a paper trail.”
The document shredding is $10 per banker’s box-sized box, and companies can ask for the boxes to be returned so they can be re-used. Shredded paper is recycled after shredding, and the company can also shred items such as VHS tapes and computer discs.
Employees undergo criminal record checks, all confidential items are restricted from public view and access at all times, and shredding is conducted under video surveillance.
The company has dumpster bins for garbage or cardboard, and can offer curbside residential pick-up if there is enough town interest and/or the volume to make it worthwhile. “We see what the needs are, so we can promote better recycling in the community,” says Leslie.
Gold Trail Recycling supports more than four dozen community groups, charities, and non-profits in the 100 Mile Area, and every month chooses a “Spotlight Charity” to which anyone can donate their bottle and can returns.
“And we love to make presentations about recycling,” adds Leslie. “We’ll go to schools, Chambers of Commerce, anyone. We’re always willing to talk about education and recycling programs.”
For more information about Gold Trail Recycling Ltd., visit their website at www.goldtrail.sfobc.com.