It's been a good year for the business community in Rockyford, with a couple of new ones opening in the community west of Drumheller.

One of them, Canadian Recyclers, just opened for business on a previously vacant lot on Railway Avenue. The company collects wooden pallets, steel and batteries for recycling.

"In small towns and villages in Alberta, we struggle to get businesses here once in a while, so Rockyford's got pretty lucky," stated Mayor Darcy Burke. "We've had a couple of vacant buildings that new businesses opened up and Canadian Recycling is one of them: it's pretty exciting for us to see that stuff happen."

"They have some employees there working; I'm not sure how many employees, but it's all traffic flow," he added. "It supports the other businesses in town and it's exposure for our community, and I think that's what's paramount in our communities today."

One of the problems with recycling is that not everything is valuable enough to support a business, but Burke thinks this operation will do well.

"There is a struggle financially for some of them to be sustainable, but it is the way of the future," he told Drum FM. "It is the way society's moving, and so it becomes part of our lives and it's part of our business community."

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