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Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre re­ceives en­vi­ron­men­tal award

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF an­drew.wagstaff@amher­st­news.ca twit­ter: @ADNan­drew

The Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre in Amherst re­ceived the In­sti­tu­tion of the Year award at the re­cent Mo­bius Awards for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence in Hal­i­fax.

When Anne March and Joanne Hop­per ar­rived at the Mo­bius Awards for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence last week, they were not sure if they be­longed.

Then they lis­tened to the ad­dress from key­note speaker Adam Min­ter.

The au­thor of Junk­yard Planet was speak­ing about the dif­fer­ent meth­ods of re­cy­cling he has seen in his trav­els, and men­tioned specif­i­cally see­ing the Chi­nese strip­ping cop­per from the wires of Christmas lights.

“He couldn’t fig­ure out why the Chi­nese were buy­ing th­ese big boxes of Christmas tree lights,” said March, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre. “Well, we’ve been do­ing that for a long time here… it wasn’t un­til he gave his talk that we thought, yeah, we do all that stuff.”

They do all that and much more at the cen­tre, which ex­plains why they were awarded with the In­sti­tu­tion of the Year award at the event, which was held at the Hal­i­fax Har­bourfront Mar­riott.

Nei­ther women re­al­ized how big the event would be. Seven awards were handed out, with other re­cip­i­ents in­clud­ing the Truro Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, Ma­rine At­lantic Inc., and the Hal­i­fax Tool Li­brary.

“It was pretty awe­some… I re­ally wasn’t aware it was that huge,” said Hop­per, the as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “But lis­ten­ing to the speaker made me think, wow, we re­ally are do­ing it all. Be­cause we do it ev­ery­day and don’t think of it.”

Re­cy­cling in­deed takes place ev­ery­day at the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre, where do­nated items are sold in the ad­join­ing thrift shop. Wool blan­kets are cut up and sold in pieces for rug hook­ers. Stained T-shirts are cut into rags and sold to lo­cal garages. Old record al­bums are molded into or­na­men­tal flow­ers.

Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties and many more keep a lot of ma­te­rial out of the lo­cal land­fill, ac­cord­ing to March, who said this does not just hap­pen at the Amherst fa­cil­ity, but at 29 other fa­cil­i­ties around the prov­ince un­der the Di­rec­tions Nova Sco­tia um­brella.

Many of the re­cy­cling ideas come from crafty em­ploy­ees, and get shared through­out the net­work, she ex­plained.

“We have to raise 50 per cent of our op­er­at­ing bud­get, so we do some of the things a lot of those poor coun­tries are do­ing,” she said. “It’s been hap­pen­ing for years be­cause we’re mul­ti­task­ing on sev­eral fronts. We want to make money, and we want some­thing that’s go­ing to keep our clients busy.”

The award is made from Nova Sco­tia crys­tal, and will be on dis­play in the cen­tre when­ever they de­cide on an ap­pro­pri­ate spot.

The Mo­bius Awards of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence rec­og­nize Nova Sco­tians who go above and be­yond to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment.

The Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre in Amherst re­ceived the In­sti­tu­tion of the Year award at the re­cent Mo­bius Awards for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence in Hal­i­fax. Cel­e­brat­ing the award at the cen­tre this week were (from left) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Anne March, Michelle Jeguary, Jenna LeBlanc, as­sis­tant ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Joanna Hop­per, Emily Fisher, Pa­tri­cia Spicer, and Gary Cormier.

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