Human-powered recycling

Times Colonist

Published: Friday, January 18, 2008

Downtown Duncan businesses are moving quickly when it comes to recycling, putting more than simply the pedal to the metal - they're putting the pedal to everything recyclable.

Since September, 50 businesses and organizations have joined Cowichan Recyclists, a new human-powered, bicycle-based business run by owners Katie Harris and Aaron Bichard.

For a small fee charged to the businesses, the pair cycle around the Duncan area picking up everything recyclable, including glass, and ride it to nearby Selkirk Recycling. There, the goods are sorted and ultimately the materials are reused.

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By using a locally-built trailer from Tony's Trailers in Mill Bay, the couple is able to meet the goals they hold important - contributing to the community's environmental health in the least compromising way possible and supporting other local businesses.

Cowichan Recyclists feels the emission-free bike and trailer combination is a perfect fit for the small but vibrant community and hope their efforts will promote the use of environmentally friendly transport in the region.

Besides offering a low cost, non-polluting alternative to waste removal, Cowichan Recyclists supports other local grassroots organizations making a difference in the community.

For more information on Cowichan Recyclists, visit their website at or give them a call at 732-3619.

For more information or to advertise in Experience Downtown Duncan call Dennis Nazar at (250) 380-5243 or email


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