Holland College students build recycling bins for Charlottetown park

Published on April 24, 2017

Project co-ordinator Marlene Bryenton meets with several students in the first year welding program class at Holland College who are building three steel recycling bins for the Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown. From left are Reginald McKenzie, left, Kyle LeFave and Will MacDonald.


GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. When Kyle LeFave was asked to help build three steel recycling bins for the Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown, he got excited.

But, unlike other class assignments, this one was very complicated. The specifically designed bins, when installed, will contain three 75-litre galvanized garbage cans that city workers can easily slide in and out. This will lessen the need for employees to lift the heavy cans to dump them. There is also a cover on each to keep the birds out.  

The design meant 60 individual pieces had to be bent and welded together.

“So the guys got together and we all picked out a task,” says LeFave, one of the first-year students in the welding program at Holland College in Georgetown who accepted the challenge.

His fellow classmate describes it as a “rewarding experience.”

“It was great learning how to assemble (things) for the first time. Now that they’re finished they look pretty good,” says Reginald McKenzie.

This opportunity was made possible through a $5,000 grant from the Community Fund for Canada's 150th anniversary, collaboration between the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Canada, City of Charlottetown, Holland College and the Dr. Marlene Bryenton Ghiz Park Fund. The order for the bins came from Marlene Bryenton who saw a need for them at the park.

 “We like to keep the park clean and safe so you don’t want sharp things lying on the ground that could hurt children. We also have to have something in place to encourage the public to deposit their litter in the right spot.”
But the recycling bins were expensive and she realized she could never afford to pay for them already manufactured.

“So I went to Holland College to see if they would be interested in such a project for their students and they were,” says Bryenton, who is also planning a 150th celebration picnic at a date to be announced.

The decorative recycle bin stations will be placed in the park as soon as weather permits the City of Charlottetown to install cement pads as part of their-in-kind contribution.

LeFave is looking forward to visiting the park later this spring, realizing that he had a hand in making the bins.

“Just knowing that I’m able to make something that will benefit the community, as well as the environment makes me feel good,” he says.