The AIM Society has been running a successful recycling program for many years now, but is excited to add another level to the program through a new company called Range Recycling.
Cofounders Mike Bergstrom and Scott Rand started the company because they both shared a passion for helping the environment.
“We’re interested in waste mitigation, so we’re doing this by providing a service that picks up recyclable material straight from residents’ curbs,” Bergstrom says.
Range Recycling came to High River in April 2017 and since then has been servicing over 100 residents.
When they first came to town, they were cautious of the recycling program already in place through the AIM Society.
“Before we started collection services in High River, we met with AIMS to make sure that we wouldn’t be encroaching on their client list out of respect for the organization,” Bergstrom says. “Since then we’ve been working together, creating a symbiotic relationship that seems to be working very well.”
All of the recycling picked up by Range Recycle is then brought back to the AIM Society where the individuals we support are paid a tipping fee to sort it.
“It’s hard work but from what we hear, it’s meaningful and it’s enjoyable for the clients,” Bergstrom says.
AIMS Employment and Day Services Manager Michelle Strzalkowski says this new partnership has been great because it ensures the current and future employment of a lot of our individuals.
“Sometime in the future, the Town of High River will follow the footsteps of other small towns such as the Okotoks curbside recycling,” Strzalkowski says. “I had always worried that down the road there would be no opportunity for AIM employees in the recycling business as needs grow. Mike and Scott brought these solutions happily to our door and we have struck a wonderful partnership that I hope to see grow along with the needs of the Town of High River.”
The AIM Society is very excited to be a part of this new opportunity as Range Recycling hopes to soon serve thousands of people in an effort to greatly reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill.
How to sign up:
If you would like to have your recycling picked up for just $12-$15 a month, head to https://www.rangerecycling.ca/crubside-pickup-subscription to subscribe.
What they take:
- Metal cans
- Plastics 1-7 (only plastics with a recycling sign on them)
- Beverage containers
- Cardboard (must be folded)
- Refundables (all bottle money will be donated to the AIM Society)
For more information, please head to www.rangerecycling.ca