One Year AnniversaryWith Just Right Recycling nearing its one-year anniversary, we want to take time to thank everyone who has been so generous in supporting us and our effort to fight child exploitation.

Since we started this social enterprise last April, things have gone better than expected in many ways. It’s largely due to all the support we’ve received from local businesses and generous individuals.

We still make occasional trips to pick up household items, but we’ve come to focus more on heavy, industrial recyclables. We have regular customers who accumulate scrap metal daily, so we know when their bins need to be emptied. It’s sustainable and predictable.

We’ve got five containers we use with businesses, and they’re labeled “Justice Bins.” Ironside owner Elmer Niezen donated the metal to make them, so he deserves special thanks.

We think we’re nearing a growth curve where things will really take off if we can get another two or three industrial-type clients in the next few months.

We’ve donated over $7,000 so far, mostly to Ratanak, and some to Be a Hero, a Kelowna non-profit that has an orphanage in Cambodia. We’re keeping our overhead really low – we’re not buying trucks or buildings or property, and there’s no office or employees.

Our goal remains to raise $10,000 in donations by July.

One important thing we want to announce is that we can now give a tax-deductible receipt for vehicle donations to Scrap Cars – Not Kids. We’ve probably gotten about 20 vehicles donated, and the tax break hasn’t mattered to most people – they’re just happy to help the cause. But now a receipt may be an added incentive for some.

We’ve traveled as far as Kelowna to get scrap cars, where we picked up five vehicles. We had a 40-foot school bus donated in Ladner. We’ve accepted some vehicles we probably shouldn’t have, like an old motor home. There was so much wood and plastic in that RV, it took two days to tear it apart.

We’re still learning. We’ve made a few mistakes, but it’s all good.

We just want to thank all the businesses and owners who are regular contributors. Their support makes it possible for us to pursue this cause on a daily basis. About three days a week we get to speak to somebody about what we’re trying to accomplish.

It’s raising awareness, so that’s bringing support to a lot of these projects … it’s more than a job to us. Child exploitation is organized crime anywhere in the world.

(Editor’s note: Chris and his wife Jane spent part of February on their 13th trip to Brazil, where they worked on social projects in poor neighbourhoods in Maraba.)