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Pop-Bottle Home

Braxton Hoare Reporter

Ecoplast Solutions, a start-up composite building company based in Lloydminster, is constructing its first home made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. This energy-efficient, eco-friendly home is the first of its kind to be built in Western Canada. The house, located at Jackfish Lake, will began the manufacturing process on September 21, 2021, and is expected to be fully assembled by the 24th. Ecoplast will be using their unique

method of converting plastic bottles into strong PET foam plates. Their foam structures feature many advantages over traditional building materials. The PET foam will not corrode or rot over time, can be easily shaped to fit a variety of unique designs, and are made from 100 percentrecycled materials. “We design, engineer, and laminate the panels making them structurally superior and water-resistant,” explained Kelly Rogers, Managing Partner of Ecoplast Solutions. Each individual panel is shaped and

The Vermilion Voice | September 28, 2021

manually cut according to the home’s design. For this project they will be incorporating over 29 prefabricated PET wall panels. “A lot of planning and work has gone into this project, so we’re so excited to finally see this build come to life,” commented Rogers. The 1,537 square-foot, four-bedroom home located in Jackfish Lake repurposed more than 656,448 recycled plastic bottles. Ecoplasts sister company, JD Composites, flew in from Nova Scotia to help with the company’s first build.

“We’re grateful to our East Coast partners for the opportunity to work with such an innovative product. Their guidance through our first year has been critical to our success and we’re excited to see what the future has in store for Ecoplast Solutions and JD Composites,” stated Rogers. With innovation a way of the future, green building materials are making their impression. Climbing the ladder in the building industry, Ecoplast Solutions is on the map and ready to become part of the solution.

Pop-Bottle home during construction. Photos submitted

Dawn Riley Reporter

Town of Vermilion Council Updates

A Regular Town Council Meeting was held on September 21. Here are a few highlights: Council, in accordance with the 2021 Municipal Election and Senate/Referendum Vote, authorized the Institutional Vote for October 12, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

at Vermilion Valley Lodge. The council also authorized the Advance Vote to take place on October 12, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vermilion Town Hall. At present the Ice Plant is running at onethird of its capacity. There is ice in place at the stadium, the first skate on the rink was on September 10. With the onset of the fall and winter

seasons, there will be changes to the Residential Organics Program. Effective October 12 pick-up will become bi-weekly. There was less organics tonnage reported due to the drier summer and less heavy organics coming off of community yards. The pickup schedule is available through the Town of Vermilion’s Community Calendar on the website and has been included in Septem-


Kevin Martin


Town of Vermilion Councilor Candidate

Public School Trustee Town of Vermilion

scoopymartin@gmail.com I have always been an active volunteer in the community so thought becoming a member of council would be a good way to continue serving the community on a whole new level. I was born and raised in Clandonald and graduated from J.R. Robson High School in 1998. I married Leanne in 2009 and we have one son Aiden. I have lived and worked in this community and area my whole life. I currently work as a Sales Consultant for Webb's Machinery and am also a proud member of the Vermilion Fire Department which serves the Town of Vermilion as well as the County of Vermilion River. I am also currently serving as the Chair of the Town of Vermilion Parks, Recreation, and Culture Board as well as the Town of Vermilion Facility Enhancement Board. I believe we have a great community and we must plan for the future. We have many great businesses in our town and we must make sure that they continue to thrive, however we also need to continue attracting new businesses to the community. Steady population growth is also important to the success of our town. All of this is achievable by working together. I am always open to listening to ideas regarding change and growth.

ber’s Talk of the Town newsletter. Meetings can now occur in person at the Town office, with members of the public invited to join the council. You can also continue to watch Council meetings through the Town’s YouTube channel which you can access through their website. The next regular Council meeting is October 5, at 7 p.m.

 ensure that as many dollars as possible are directed to schools and classrooms  needs of students are No. 1  strong advocate for Mental Health funding  public trust through transparency and engagement  recognizes the importance of Parent Councils  realizes the importance of rural schools in communities ACCOUNTABILITY


In Memory of


Rick Walker

A Special Thank You We wish to extend our sincerest thank you to Dr. Ali, Dr. Louw and all the staff of the Vermilion Health Centre for the kindness, care and compassion shown while Rick was a patient in the hospital. A special thank you to all the family and friends who brought food and flowers to the house, to Candice Anderson of Reflections Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. for the beautiful service, to Jim and Heather Barss for a truly heartfelt eulogy, to George Ruttan for the tribute from the Mannville Roadrunners Hockey team, to Sharon Jaremco for the lovely lunch and to all those who sent cards of condolences and memories for us to share. Your thoughtfulness will continue to bring us comfort for the days and years to come.

We will miss Rick forever. Brenda, Brent, Breanne, Hanna, Paisley, Jason, Suzie, Kennedy and Charlie

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