Akash Patel, Hunter Wilson and Nolan Striker with some of the recycling they’ve already managed to collect. Photo Gerry Leibel

Trio tackle trash to tour

Three young Kitimat basketball players are asking that you drop off your recycling to support a good cause – theirs!

Nolan Striker, Hunter Wilson and Akash Patel are collecting beer and pop bottles, and aluminium cans, to take to recycling to raise funds for their basketball tour over the next two months.

The three Mount Elizabeth Middle School students were selected to play for the UNBC Junior Timberwolves team that will tour to Langley, Kamloops and Edmonton.

The three also help coach the Kitimat Youth Basketball League when they’re not playing themselves, and were the only students selected from Kitimat.

Now they need to raise the money to go on tour along with the rest of the team, and are being assisted by Cheryl Skender, who agreed to receive the recycling on their behalf.

“It’s possible to make up to $4,000 a month just with recycling, but they’re going to have to do all the work,” said Skender.

The work involves sorting all the recycling into separate bags, 24 dozen cans into a bag, which makes them $24, and 24 dozen plastic bottles which gets them $12.

Skender said anyone wanting to donate recyclables can drop them off at the Bottle Depot – make sure to mention that the proceeds of the

recycling must go to the U17 basketball fundraiser.

Skender said she can also be contacted on Facebook to arrange a drop-off at her home.