PRINCE GEORGE – Prince George Recycling and Environment Action Planning Society (REAPS) is receiving $26,000 thanks to a grant from the B.C. government.

REAPS works to reduce waste and offers community outreach and public awareness initiatives, including programs in schools, garden workshops and other educational initiatives that give people the chance to learn about environmental practices, including composting, recycling and organic gardening.

“REAPS is pleased to receive the Community Gaming Grant which will be applied towards our community and outreach programs,” Recycling and Environment Action Planning Society Executive Director Terri McClymont said. “REAPS celebrates their 25th anniversary because of volunteers, donations and grants to our organization which support the demands for our programs from the community. We thank the Government of British Columbia for their financial support to help us continue in our mission and community education.”

“For the past 25 years, REAPS has done a great job of helping to increase public awareness about environmental practices like recycling and composting,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “In schools, workshops and throughout our community REAPS is making a difference.”

“Sustainability is an investment in our future generations,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Through organizations like REAPS, our families and environment benefit from implementing environmentally-friendly practices into our daily lives.”

The funding is being provided through the Community Gaming Grant Program that allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit over 5,000 local organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.