Jocelyn Titus, founder of Aldergrove’s Earth Ninjas, received over $600 worth of bottles in donations. (Shailee Shah/Special to The Star)

Jocelyn Titus, founder of Aldergrove’s Earth Ninjas, received over $600 worth of bottles in donations. (Shailee Shah/Special to The Star)

Aldergrove bottle drive raises $600 to help purchase plastic shredder

Earth Ninjas host bottle drive in order to clean community and repurpose plastic

Aldergrove’s own Earth Ninjas, created by Jocelyn Titus, held a bottle drive to raise money for the purchase of a plastic shredder last month.

Titus hopes to use the shredder to repurpose plastic found during her weekly clean-ups and within the community.

“I’ve been doing Earth Ninja for over a year-and-a-half. This year’s bottle drive hasn’t been as big as last year, where we raised $4,000. This year we’ll probably raise about $600. We just have people drop off bottles whenever they want and keep returning it to the bottle depot,” Titus said. “Having the drop off for a length of time makes it a lot easier, so I just take my bags to the Express Depot and wait for the money to come in.”

Jocelyn commented that a plastic shredder would cost about $8,000 to $10,000. She may purchase a Precious Plastic shredder, which offers blueprints online for free.

“It’s not gonna be a big scale shredder, but for now we’re just trying to recycle what we have and repurpose it. I was thinking I can repurpose it to create Earth Ninja stars, and use that to build community support and activism with some kind of redemption system,” Titus said.

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The Earth Ninja began bottle drives last year with a context that Plastic Oceans Canada had where whoever in BC held the largest bottle drive would win a trip to Tofino.

The winner could visit the city and learn about plastic and its effects on the environment. Titus donated $4,000 and won the trip, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“This is just my passion – I love helping the community. It’s a good feeling. It’s my way of giving back in hopes that more people are willing to get involved so that we can make a bigger impact,” Titus explained.

Titus first began the group as Cleaning Up Aldergrove. She felt as though she wasn’t thinking big enough, and eventually transformed the group to Earth Ninjas, which can be held anywhere.

“My average clean-up usually has around four to six people. I always have weekly Saturday clean-ups, and my volunteers range from ages 14 to 79.” She wants people in the community to get involved. “Anyone can pick up litter, but I want to go for the impact. I want at least a core group of 20 people that are willing to make an impact and affect the community. During our last clean-up we found 32 bags worth of trash.”

Jocelyn is planning on having a four-day litter-thon again this year where she will spend the day picking up litter from one city to another.

People will join her on the journey to help, and they keep going as far as they can. Visit www.facebook.com/earthninjas for more.


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