Trunk Sale Popular with Residents

Posted Monday, April 27, 2015

The Trunk Sale and Textile Recycling Event coordinated by the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) and Kindale Developmental Association was well received by bargain hunters of all ages. The event took place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Kal Tire Place with over 640 vehicles being clocked in over the course of the morning. “The response to this first time event was excellent,” reports Waste Reduction Coordinator Karmen Morgan.

In honour of Earth Day, the event targeted reduction of waste going to local landfills. Residents in the North Okanagan have a wide range of opportunities to recycle and reuse unwanted items, but this was the first time an event was organized to allow residents who are unable to host their own sale an opportunity to participate in a reuse event.

Another first was the acceptance of textiles for recycling. Kindale Developmental Association (Kindale) began a textile recycling program in 2013 from their Armstrong Thrift Store and has been shipping unsellable items such as women, children, and men’s clothing and shoes, purses, belts, bags, bedding, towels, table cloths and drapes to Cann-Amm Exports in Maple Ridge, BC. Last year, Kindale shipped 40,629 kg (41 tonnes) of this material to the lower mainland for distribution to those in need, or for processing into industrial rags, yarn or packing materials. Cindy Masters, Development Officer for Kindale adds, “Kindale is pleased to provide this service year round and encourages residents to drop-off clean, reusable items at the Thrift Store. Please do not include dirty, torn or wet items, or fabric scraps as they are not accepted in the program.”

In addition to the many items finding new homes at the Trunk Sale, Kindale also received 895 kg of donated items, 693 kg were placed in the store for reuse, and 111 kg will be recycled. For further information about reuse opportunities via Kindale, please contact them at 250-546-3005. For information about waste reduction in the North Okanagan, contact the RDNO at [email protected].