The Hut, along Hwy 3 West in Princeton, is well known as the local stop for tasty shakes and ice cream as well as being home of the local bottle depot.
Bill and Ann Vowles, owners and operators of The Hut have been trying to better the recycling program for Princeton, for quite some time. As of this week, they are pleased to announce that The Hut is now a participant in the LightRecycle program.
The LightRecycle program has been developed to ensure that the recyclable material in light bulbs like metal, plastic and glass can be used to be made into new products and not just end up in landfills.
The LightRecycle program will also aid in the proper disposal of hazardous material like mercury by safely recycling at approved facilities.
Residents can now recycle their bulbs and tubes (not fixtures) at The Hut instead of throwing them into their garbage, thus ending up in the landfill.
The recycling program at The Hut initially began in 1996. Bottles and containers for pop, water, juice, beer, liquor and milk in cardboard or plastic containers are taken there. “Anything with a B.C. deposit is accepted,” said Bill Vowles. For residents who don’t necessarily want to receive cash back, but still want to recycle these containers, four large donation bins sit outside of The Hut.
They are fundraising bins for various events and or groups within the community. What ever bottles and cans go into these bins, raise funding for the particular group they are named for.
Currently they serve as fundraisers for Young Life (send kids to camp); Princeton Rotary (finish the kitchen project); the Community Bin (Bill and Ann choose where this funding goes – mainly sports programs) and The Little Britches Rodeo.
Another bonus to recycling your empty beverage containers, is a chance to win in the 2013 Return-It To Win-It contest. The contest has been running since May and runs through until September 2. There is no purchase necessary to win and one entry per person per household is accepted per day. You must be 19 years of age and a B.C. resident to enter. The grand prize is a smart fortwo coupe, second prize is two Vespa S50 Scooters and third prize is Two Norco Mountain Bikes with a gift certificate to purchase helmets. Turn in your beverage containers and fill out your entry at The Hut.
Stop in to visit Bill and Ann at The Hut, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (except for Tuesdays, they are closed) or next door at the depot 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday (except Tuesday and Stat Holidays) and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They will be happy to help you with your container and bulb recycling needs and/or with your choice of a Foothills Creamery ice cream or shake.
For more information on the LightRecycle program speak with Bill and Ann or visit www.lightrecycle.ca. Visit www.return-it.ca/winit for more information on the contest.