Training program for people with intellectual disabilities focuses on recycling K-Cups

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – An organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities develop job skills is partnering with a home decor store to partially solve two problems.

“We all have value, we all have ability, and, for some, it’s just figuring out where that is,” said Cathy Deagle-Gammon, executive director of Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC).

The organization’s clients will work to properly recycle K-Cups, containers that hold tea leaves and coffee grounds in Keurig brewing machines, that are now being collected at Wheaton’s stores in Nova Scotia and Moncton.

The containers have been an issue in many North American communities because of the difficulty to recycle them.

People who drop off containers at the stores will save $1 off a future purchase of a package of K-Cups.

“We all take from the community, and we all need to give back to the community,” said Garnet Wheaton, the owner of Wheaton’s.

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The pilot program, which started today, is set to last at least six months.

Chad MacDonald, 29, is one of the first to join the program. He said he enjoys job because it’s “good fun.”

Deagle-Gammon said that these kind of programs are particularly important because people with intellectual disabilities have a below-average employment rate.