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Highlights 2000-2019


  • Survey conducted to determine current recycling and future plans from the citizens of Kitimat


  • KUTE’s Tenth Anniversary Open House


  • Purchased 1997 Ford F350 van
  • Two containers donated by Alcan for Satellite Depot
  • Partnership with Alcan and the Northern Sentinel Press formed to place weekly environmental tips in local newspaper
  • Battery recycling program with Alcan
  • CIBC donated $3,000 towards Satellite Depot Project


  • Retro Newspaper Drive
  • Volunteer Appreciation T-shirt to Brian Lennox
  • Liability Insurance week closure


  • Volunteer Appreciation T-shirt to Brad Hildebrandt
  • Received grant from BC Gaming Commission for Capital Expenses


  • KUTE II cardboard depot open at landfill
  • Received grant from the Shell Environmental Fund for website
  • Unclaimed bicycle Program began with the District of Kitimat and RCMP Kitimat Detachment


  • First “Movie at the Museum” titled “Being Cariboo”
  • Earth Day Celebration – record number of dropins for a single day
  • Purchase second baler with funding from BC Gaming Commission


  • Get Green Recycling sponsors E-tips in the Northern Connector


  • KUTE participated in the Envision Financial/Northern Sentinel sponsored Recycle Day
  • Purchase of shredder thanks to funding from the BC Gaming Commission
  • Begin electronic recycling with Encorp
  • KUTE is awarded LiveSmart Community Heroes award
  • Longtime volunteers Wayne & Helen Ball are awarded the LiveSmart Community Heroes award


  • KUTE website and Facebook page operational


  • The Province and industry launch Multi-Material BC moving the province ahead signficantly in its recycling initiatives provincially.
  • The District of Kitimat bans cardboard and box board from the municipal landfill. The hope is that all cardboard will be recycled.


  • Barb Hall, a multi-decade Director at KUTE takes a well deserved break and takes on the Past President Role.


  • The District of Kitimat undertakes a zero waste initiative to provide direction on the next steps for recycling in Kitimat.
  • A new vertical baler with conveyor belt is purchased with funding from sponsors. The District of Kitimat, Envision Financial, Inga Meier, Rio-Tinto, LNG Canada, Chevron Canada and various other donations left at the depot provided the majority of funding for this purchase.


  • Funding from Rio Tinto and community donations allows for KUTE to purchase a Styrofoam densifier allowing for clean white styrofoam to be accepted. This densifier reduces by up to 20 times the styrofoam volume allowing for effective and efficient transport for recycling.


  • The Kitimat Community Foundation has supported an education initiative that will help advance recycling in Kitimat. Meanwhile the District of Kitimat has committed to finding ways to enhance recycling in the community to help protect the environment and preserve the areas landfill.