Lend­ing a char­i­ta­ble hand

Chester Slade cleans up re­cy­clables, do­nates pro­ceeds

Northern Pen - - Front Page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

A St. An­thony man is do­ing his part to keep his town tidy and help out char­i­ta­ble causes — sim­ply by clean­ing up re­cy­clables.

For the past five or six years, Chester Slade has been ev­ery­where from St. An­thony to Boat Har­bour to Ed­die’s Cove to Goose Cove, scour­ing the road­sides for re­cy­clables.

Through the spring, sum­mer and fall, he trav­els around al­most ev­ery day, fill­ing his bag with bot­tles and cans lit­tered around the road.

After thor­oughly clean­ing and pre­par­ing the items, he sorts and stores them in his shed. When he has enough, he takes them to the re­cy­cling de­pot in St. An­thony.

How­ever, in­stead of keep­ing the pro­ceeds for him­self, he’s been do­nat­ing it all to char­ity.

Re­cip­i­ents of Slade’s gen­eros­ity in­clude the Gren­fell Her­itage Foun­da­tion, the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child shoe­box pro­gram and the Janeway Chil­dren’s Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre. He also plans to do­nate pro­ceeds this year to the St. An­thony Fire De­part­ment.

Slade couldn’t es­ti­mate how much he’s raised the en­tire pe­riod he’s been col­lect­ing re­cy­clables. But he says he’s raised about $1,400 so far this year alone.

Slade also do­nates the tabs he re­moves from the cans to the United Church, who then for­ward them along to a group who man­u­fac­ture wheel­chairs.

Even though he’s not mak­ing any money from his labours, Slade sees the re­wards as three­fold. Firstly, it gives him some ex­er­cise.

“It’s not a lot of hard work but it re­quires some twist­ing and turn­ing, you’re go­ing down through trees to try to pick up cans and bot­tles,” he told The North­ern Pen. “And you do get a good work­out.”

Se­condly, he’s help­ing to clean up the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. And, thirdly, he knows the money is go­ing to­wards good causes.

“You pretty well know that these peo­ple are go­ing to use it for good,” he said. “It’s a pretty happy feel­ing.”

He’s also got­ten as­sis­tance from oth­ers.

Slade wished to thank fam­ily, friends and who­ever has given him re­cy­clables along the way.

“One per­son used to leave them down on the Gri­quet road by the stop sign with my name on the bag,” he said. “I thought that was pretty neat.”

Even though he’s glad to help out, Slade is also glad to be see­ing fewer bot­tles and cans lit­tered about the area this year.

He hopes it’s a sign peo­ple are be­com­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious, though he says there is still lots of other non-re­cy­clable lit­ter around.

With the snow com­ing, he will soon con­clude his col­lec­tion ef­forts for the year. But there’s still work to do with what’s left around his shed. Any day you can prob­a­bly find Slade there, busy clean­ing and sort­ing.

STEPHEN ROBERTS — THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Chester Slade of St. An­thony has been pick­ing up re­cy­clables around the re­gion and do­nat­ing them to char­ity.

STEPHEN ROBERTS — THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Chester Slade picks up a can dur­ing a day out along Goose Cove Road, just out­side of St. An­thony.

STEPHEN ROBERTS / THE NORTH­ERN PEN

In his shed, Chester Slade has a wa­ter jug full of tabs he re­moved from cans. He do­nates the tabs to a wheel­chair man­u­fac­turer.

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