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THE DIVERTERS' 
FOUNDATION

Dedicated to creating economic opportunities, de-stigmatizing diverting (bottle collection, waste picking, or binning), diverting waste, and promoting social cohesion among members of the diverter community.

Diverting waste, diverting lives

ABOUT

WHO ARE WE?

  • The Diverters' Foundation is a registered not-for-profit society, created in August 2020 in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • The membership of The Diverters' Foundation are waste diverters (also known as binners or waste pickers).

  • The mission and work of the membership is supported by a core group of volunteers. 

WHAT DOES THE DIVERTERS' FOUNDATION DO?

  • The Diverters' Foundation delivers community programs to help provide skills and economic opportunities for marginalized people in Victoria. 

  • The initiative focuses primarily in the Municipality of Victoria which has a large concentration of people impacted by homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges.

  • The organization supports diverters as valued members of the community by valuing their knowledge about diverting, providing accountability, and building social networks; thereby laying the groundwork for them to improve their quality of life and to build more sustainable communities.

WHAT DO DIVERTERS DO?

  • Check recycling bins for correct separation, including mixed paper, newsprint, cardboard, organics, recyclable containers and refundable bottles;

  • Flatten boxes and remove bottles and cans to create more space for other waste;

  • Collect refundable containers on foot, by car or on bicycles and take the material to local depots for processing and recycling. Members retain deposits collected; and,

  • Educate the public on correct material separation.

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COMMERICAL & RESIDENTIAL WASTE SORTING

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

PUBLIC EVENTS WASTE SORTING

COMMUNITY PICKUP PROJECT

If you have returnables at your home in Victoria, Saanich, or Oak Bay and you'd like a Diverter to come and pick them up, the Community Pickup Program is for you.

Support your local Diverter by having refundable containers picked up in bulk!

DONATE TO THE DIVERTERS' FOUNDATION

The Diverters' Foundation is proud to offer four different programs to support the local diverter community, destigmatize waste diversion, and educate the community about the importance that diverting and binning has to the circular economy and environmental sustainability.

The Diverters' Foundation welcomes all donations from individuals to support our ongoing work. If you'd like to become a sponsor, please contact Ryan Painter, Manager of Philanthropy and Public Relations at rpainter@thediverters.ca

GETTING INVOLVED & SERVICES

Please email us at info@thediverters.ca if you:

★ Are a residential/commercial property manager interested in services from the Diverters

★ Want to make a donation to the foundation

★ Are interested in becoming a Diverter

★ Are interested in volunteering with the Foundation

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OUR PHILOSOPHY

An opportunity to work and contribute in one’s community, earning a basic living, can significantly impact a person’s sense of worth and belongingness. Some people are less able to achieve this in more traditional forms of employment and can become disenfranchised falling into poverty.


We believe there are many such people, including diverters, with strong work ethics who want and like to work.


It is the job of civil society and organizations like The Diverters' Foundation to assist such people in finding less traditional forms of work that match their needs. We believe that work which also contributes to the well-being of the environment and a circular economy further enriches the experience of diverters.

While The Diverters' Foundation facilitates contracts and community programs, the ultimate goal is for the Foundation to be diverter-managed and operated. 

RESOURCES

We have a wide range of resource available, from infographics to academic papers, with additional information on waste diversion in Victoria and around the world.

Coming soon!

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IN THE MEDIA

News and media about the The Diverters' Foundation and its members.

VICTORIA TO DRAFT BYLAW THAT WOULD CLAMP DOWN ON SINGLE-USE WASTE, IMPOSE 25-CENT FEE FOR TAKEOUT CUPS

BY CHEK NEWS

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: REFUNDABLE COFFEE CUPS BETTER THAN A FEE
 
BY TIMES COLONIST

DIVBERTERS BRANCH OUT TO VIEW ROYAL 

BY THE WESTSHORE

GRASSROOTS MOVEMENTS SHIFT APPROACH TO RECYCLING

BY UVIC NEWS

VICTORIA'S VITAL SIGNS 2019 REPORT - FEATURED ON PG. 22

BY THE VICTORIA FOUNDATION

ONE MAN’S TRASH: DIVERTERS ARE WORKING TO REDUCE VICTORIA’S WASTE

BY CAPITAL DAILY

INTRODUCING THE DIVERTERS' FOUNDATION

BY THE FAIRFIELD GONZALES OBSERVER 

CONTACT US

Get in touch with The Diverters' Foundation to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. Feel free to fill out the form below or email:

victoriadiverters@gmail.com

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SUPPORTERS OF THE DIVERTERS' FOUNDATION

Meet our funders, sponsors, and partners

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