I hope you’re all well and gearing up for warm and happy holidays!
We’re wrapping up a tremendous year at Binners’ Project, and before we say goodbye to 2017, I wanted to make sure that you all got a glimpse of what we’ve achieved.
We secured dignified, fairly compensated income opportunities for 84 binners this year.
Thanks to our members, dozens of events, buildings, and businesses hit – and in the case of the Fair at the PNE even exceed – waste-diversion targets. On top of great environmental outcomes, binners’ recycling expertise and work ethic was demonstrated to tens of thousands of people across the Lower Mainland.
But binners weren’t just seen, they were heard too.
As with any expert or consultant, we compensated binners for their time, preparation, and participation as they presented or were consulted 42 times across the Lower Mainland and in places like Ontario and Manitoba. Our members spoke publicly on homelessness, zero-waste policies, alley design, social procurement, social hiring, and much more, ultimately engaging face-to-face with every level of government. Even the recent Governor General and his wife heard firsthand from us about binning and binners’ vision for the future.
Speaking of the future, I’m happy to share that the cart share program we’ve been quietly working on for almost two years is close to becoming a reality. Though many details are still being finalized, thanks to some intrepid journalism at MetroNews, the secret is out! (The big reveal will happen in 2018, but if you can’t wait that long for the scoop, there is some info on the website.)
As the social enterprise and our membership continue to grow, we’re hoping you’ll make a donation to support us.
Just $5 covers the cost of a binners’ participation in the weekly binners’ meeting – the first step to connecting them with safer, more fairly compensated income opportunities. With $22 you cover their participation expenses for the month, and $250 you’d cover one binner's participation for the whole year.
I’m proud of how much we do with so little and I know that if you join us as a Binners’ Project donor, you will be too!
To help us start 2018 off right, please give what you can here:
With sincere thanks,
Anna & the team