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Their fate is in your hands!

They live or die by the luck of your toss.

They live or die by the luck of your toss.

Your used paper products, metal cans and plastic containers will live or die by the luck of your toss.

If they are tossed unbagged into the cart with the blue lid, they will be sorted and bundled at Brandon’s Material Recovery Facility, then sent on to have new lives.

A toss into the garbage bag means big trouble, because the next stop is a dead end – the landfill cell.


Recyclables can lead productive new lives

Recovered paper could become recycled paperboard, used to package products that include frozen food, beauty products and pharmaceuticals.

If ground and treated with fire retardant chemicals, newspapers can serve as attic insulation.

They could also be paired with recycled cardboard, dipped in asphalt, sprayed with tar to become roofing products.

Milk and juice cartons become part of paper towels, tissues and office paper.

Aluminum cans are usually turned into more of the same.

‘Tin’ (steel) cans are melted, then transformed into products that include vehicle parts, rebar and razor blades.

Steel can be continuously remade into top quality new metal.

And, every tonne of recycled steel cans saves 1.36 tonnes of iron ore (and other resources) from being needed to make steel.

Before plastic bottles and tubs can be processed they must be ground into pellets or shredded into flakes.

If the pellets are Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) material, they could be reborn as men’s suits, surfboards or industrial paint.

Pellets made of Polypropylene (PP) are turned into products such as carpeting, rope and luggage.

High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) might re-enter the marketplace as outdoor furniture, toys, or drainpipes.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) plastic is found in products such as compost bins, floor tile and shipping envelopes.

So, do your recyclables a favour, after all they served you well.

Rinse them clean, then place them in the recycling bin to they can go on to lead happy lives with someone else.

For more information from the City of Brandon about items to recycle: Recycling Guide, and Examples of Recyclable Materials



Cradle comfort Rolling Spokes home health care products

Memory Foam Pillow

Pressure relieving memory foam supports your head and neck.

Pet Pals

 L&C posing photo by Graham Street

Lily and Chelsea

Stop and pose; then we get to run again.

photograph by Graham Street

(Lily and Chelsea are the pet pals of Marsha and Graham Street)


 Turtle Lasting Image custom framing

Burned Wood Look

We loved how the burned wood look of this frame complimented the turtle’s shell in this awesome painting one of our clients brought in!
Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley's Health Hut

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley’s Health Hut

Although there are lots of ways to manage stress, here is a selection of techniques tried and tested to help you:

Deep breathing: When we are nervous or stressed breathing can become shallow and rapid.

To find out how you are breathing, place one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen and see what the pace is.

To rebalance your breathing lengthen your breath, counting slowly to four as you breathe in, and to six as you breathe out.

Gradually increase this length until you reach seven and nine counts respectively.

You can also try taking micro relaxation breaks – just 5 deep breaths will momentarily switch off stress.


Rediscover your positive side – smile: Even though it’s annoying when you’re extremely stressed and someone says “smile” they may actually be on to something.

Positive thinking and a willingness to accept things outside your control are good ways to reduce tension.

Take a step back from difficult situations and look at them objectively.

This can sometimes help a solution to a problem come to you or may even let you laugh at the situation.

This often makes you feel better as laughing releases stress-reducing endorphins that give you an instant lift.

Exercise: Have you noticed how the world can look much brighter after some exercise?

15 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise is another way to release those feel-good endorphins.

And it doesn’t have to be running.

Anything that gets your heart rate up such as walking, yoga, tai chi, stretching or even housework can count.

Keeping active can provide a physical outlet for your frustrations, keeps you healthy, and makes you feel good about yourself.

This in turn can help you handle stress better in the first place.

Take time out for yourself: Sometimes dealing with stress is about quieting your mind and re-grouping so you are in a place where you can better cope with what’s required.

Taking 30 minutes to relax in the bath, have a massage or read a magazine with a cup of tea can help do this.

Eat yourself more relaxed: What we put into our bodies has a big impact on how we feel.

However, the busier and more stressed we become, the more likely we are to grab processed, sugary foods and drink latte after latte.

Here are a few tips for you to try:
• Cut down on caffeine – it’s a stimulant and will make you feel more tense.
• Cut down on processed foods and stock up on fruit & vegetables.
• Try taking a multivitamin that includes vitamins C, B3 and magnesium as stress can reduce the body’s absorption of some nutrients.
• Eat five or six small meals a day to stabilise your blood sugar levels.

This will help reduce the stress hormone cortisol and regulate levels of the feel-good hormones – serotonin and dopamine.

• Foods such as cottage cheese, pasta, avocados, bananas and skimmed milk can really calm you down.

All are rich in a protein called tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin – a sleep and mood enhancer.

• Eat slowly and take the time to chew your food thoroughly – 18% of digestion occurs in the mouth.

Meditate for inner calm: Meditation has been shown to boost the immune system, calm the mind, get rid of negative thoughts and even fight disease.

Millions of people swear by it! The whole point of meditation is to still the brain, ignore the thoughts coming into your mind, and let them drift out again.

The more you practice meditation the quieter your thoughts will become.

Set aside five minutes every day when you won’t be interrupted.



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