Salvage Centre turns trash into $100,000 for needy organizations

Salvage Centre turns trash into $100,000 for needy organizations

Okotoks, AB: In Okotoks one man’s trash is another man’s treasure for a local organization that is working to improve the environment and make people’s lives better.

The Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society (FSRS) is a not-for-profit business that takes in re-usable items just outside the area landfill and resells them in their 8,000 square foot building. The organization donates every year to organizations and charities as part of its mandate to support the community.

This month the FSRS is handing out $50,000 to local organizations and another $30,000 was distributed at Christmas. In addition, the centres’ 42 volunteers can designate their portion of another $50,000 to the charity of their choice.*

The Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society is one of a kind in North America because it is a thrift store that exists to keep items out of the landfill. Volunteers, paid staff and a board run the store, located on Highway 783, 5.5 kilometres east of Okotoks. It is a destination for Foothills residents, Calgarians and southern Albertans.

FSRS manager Candice Dupre said it is amazing that over the last year they have sold $600,000 worth of goods that could have just ended up rotting in the garbage.

”When we consider the price items go for at the centre, twoonies and loonies that is a lot of useable items that did not go into the landfill,” Dupre says.

*Check out the Centre’s Facebook page to see the happy recipients of their generosity!

General Manager of the Salvage Centre, Candice Dupre, Board member Tony Marchand and Board Member Gordon Hardy are seen here donating $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club Executive.Director Shirley Puttock
General Manager of the Salvage Centre, Candice Dupre, Board member Tony Marchand and Board Member Gordon Hardy are seen here donating $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club Executive.Director Shirley Puttock

 

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