Recycling depot wins business of the year award

By Jeremy Fraser

Sept. 21, 2015

Allie MacAulay and his grandson visit the New Waterford Recycling Deport with their bottles once a month. He’s happy the business is getting the recognition it deserves.
The depot’s dedication to serving the community was recognized on Sept. 19 when they were named the Eastern Recyclers Association business of the year, an award given for dedication to the environment through recycling.
Diane MacDonald and her family opened the recycling depot 19 years ago. The goal was to provide residents with fast and friendly service.
“They are always friendly and wanting to talk. If anyone deserves this award, it’s these folks.” said MacAulay.
When MacDonald received the phone call, they couldn’t believe it, she said.
“We were surprised to be given the award. We have worked hard and are extremely proud of the accomplishment over the years.”
John MacKinnon of Glace Bay makes the 15-minute trip to the depot with his recyclables each month. When you get good service, you continue to go back, he said.
“They are a very nice group of people. They always joke with me about being from Glace Bay and we always have a good laugh.”
MacKinnon has been visiting the location for the past 10 years.
“A person doesn’t mind making the trip when they know they are going to be treated with respect and kindly service.”
The New Waterford Recycling Depot is on Union Highway in River Ryan. Besides accepting refundable containers, the depot is also the drop-off facility for car batteries, old paint, clothing, cell phones, eyeglasses and electronics.
The depot cares about its costumers, said MacAulay.
“I’m always asked if I need help taking my bottles out of the truck. I always say no, but it’s the thought that counts.”
The business has four employees – two sons, Brian and Jimmy, and daughter Corinna, as well as employee Priscilla Byrne.

Next year, the recycling depot marks its 20th anniversary. Plans are underway for the milestone, said MacDonald.

“We are already making plans for a float for next year’s Coal Dust Days parade to celebrate our anniversary.”

The depot is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.