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REPORTING · 28th June 2011
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat Understanding the Environment (K.U.T.E.) celebrated it’s 20th anniversary on Saturday, June 18th with cake and a boot sale.

”Today we are celebrating K.U.T.E.’s anniversary so we’re having a bit of an open house and a boot sale,” said Barb Hall. “K.U.T.E. is a non profit society. Originally, it was started by a challenge class in the High School many years ago. Then in 1991, they handed it over to the parents and we’ve been doing it ever since.”

K.U.T.E. started with a trailer which was dropped off at the City Centre Parking Lot where they would take newspaper from the public and throw it into the trailer. This worked for a year. Then they had a trailer at Forest Avenue and then under Giant foods. They moved to their current location in 1995.

They have also expanded upon the items they take in. Two years ago, they began to take electronics. This year, starting on August 1st, they will be taking small household appliances. They also take compact florescent Light bulbs and Residential Florescent Light bulbs as they should not be going into the landfill, they contain mercury and should be recycled.

”I would like to thank all of the past and present board members and volunteers and employees that have made KUTE a success and the District of Kitimat for standing behind us all these years,” said Hall.