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a job elsewhere. “Just because you are handicapped doesn’t mean you can’t work. We give jobs to people that might otherwise be sitting there doing a puzzle all day. It’s social for them too. My regular employees are excited when Friday comes, but some are not so happy. It means they don’t get
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Every week, approximately 80 tons of materials are recycled at Recyle – Action in Hawkesbury. However the company does
more than help to clean up the planet. Recyle-Action is part of Groupe Convex, which is a branch of Valoris, and is a non-profit organization that develops and maintains social businesses creating meaningful jobs that develop skills development. These businesses that are located throughout Prescott- Russell help to
to see their friends and they don’t get to keep busy for a few days.” People who lack know-how and skills are also hired. “We also hire people who might not have any experience anywhere. We train them, and then they go on to be part of the work force,” said Lessard. “Most companies hire people who already have the knowledge
employ people that may face employment challenges. “The basic idea started with Valoris to help clients with work placements,” said Robert Lessard, operations director at Recycle-Action. “We create businesses for these clients and give them jobs that help them develop skills and get experience.” Recycle-Action employs about a dozen full-time ‘regular-Joe’ employees, as Lessard calls them, as well as another 45 employees that might have difficulty finding
and training. We do it the opposite way here. We hire employees with their needs inmind. If we don’t have a job for them, we create something.” Recycle-Action was founded in 2008 after Marc-Andre Labelle, owner of Gray Hawk, suggested to Carole Arcand, executive director of Groupe Convex, that businesses in the community needed a cardboard recovery service. Since that time, the company has grown and evolved to meet the needs of
Recycle-Action’s operations director, Robert Lessard, shows just howmuch recycling gets collected in Hawkesbury and area in just one week.
the community, as well as the needs of the employees and the environment. It has become a leader in recycling and recovery in Eastern Ontario, recycling such products as electronics, plastics and even Styrofoam. Recycle-Action recently received the OK to work with the township to recover agricultural plastics such as baling plastics, the plastic used to cover bales of hay. In the past, farmers would either bury or burn these plastics, leaving a huge impact on the surrounding environment. “We have about 500 farmers in the area,” explained Lessard. “That’s a lot of plastic.This is a pilot project. We are trying to help as much as possible,
and it’s a free service. It’s not worth a lot of money, but we are doing it to keep things clean. It’s very popular.” Amongst other things, Recycle-Action donates $1 per ton of recycled materials to local youth programs. “Last year, we donated about $1,500 to Pleasant Corners Public School,” said Lessard. “Any youth group, like scouts and sports groups, can apply, not just schools. We haven’t decided for this year yet, but it’s coming up.” More information about Groupe Convex and Recycle-Action, what they do, and how they do it, can be found at http://www. groupeconvexpr.ca/.
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