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
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.
COMMERICAL & RESIDENTIAL WASTE SORTING
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
PUBLIC EVENTS WASTE SORTING
COMMUNITY PICKUP PROJECT
If you have returnables at your home in Fairfield, Fernwood, or James Bay and you'd like a Diverter to come and pick it up, the Community Pickup Program is for you.
Support your local Diverter by having refundable containers picked up in bulk!
CHECK OUT OUR GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN!
The Diverters' Foundation is seeking funding sources to kick start our Community Outreach Project. Currently we are setting up the Diverter Community Pick-Up Project in Fernwood, Fairfield, and James Bay where community members arrange for a Diverter to retrieve their returnables. Community pick-ups allow Diverters to gain income from refunds, help reduce the stigma associated with diverting, and to build community relationships. We are looking to raise funds for our coordinator wage and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for Diverters!
GETTING INVOLVED & SERVICES
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
IN THE MEDIA
News and media about the The Diverters' Foundation and its members.