James Peggs, 10, started his recycling business two years ago. It grew from just five customers to 27.Every Saturday morning, the 10-year-old goes to work.
First, he puts on his gear: a bright orange construction vest, tailored by grandma; on it, a silver name tag engraved with his name; lastly, a white baseball cap embossed with a green recycling triangle.He then heads into the garage, grabs his wooden crate with winter wheels, and begins to haul it up and down curbs, winding down streets, visiting his clients.
Peggs is Yellowknife’s ‘Recycling Guy’ — a business he created after moving from Saskatchewan in 2015 to Yellowknife.Peggs who was 8 when the family shifted said, “When we moved here, my brother had his own job as a babysitter, so I asked my parents, what am I gonna do for money?”
He added, “I would be going on my bike… and there were just cans, like you could see them in the forest.I wanted to do something about it.”
In a city where there is no curbside recycling, residents have to drive to the nearest recycling depot to sort and recycle their own goods.
With the help of his parents, Peggs came up with a business plan and the Recycling Guy was born.
“Most people think that recycling is a waste of time, but our Earth is very polluted, it’s very sick, and it needs help.”His customers say he’s “like a real businessman.”
This is Peggs’ second year running, and he recently got a business licence from the city.