Operation Take Two

Mobilizing youth to take sustainable action in their communities by creating innovative recycling hubs.
Keneisha, Aaliyah, T and another member in the Operation Take Two Workspace.


Using Precious Plastic’s innovative model, our workspaces allow young people to foster a cyclical model of consumption by recycling their community's plastic waste into new products. 

Operation Take Two member, holding a plastic item infront of a crowd.


Our workspaces double as community hubs for creativity, learning, and engagement. Through collaborative doing, young people can learn about sustainability and community action.

Group photo of Operation Take Two members infront of the shipping container worksapce.


​Interconnected issues need interconnected actions. We support young people to mobilize within their communities and connect them to a larger network of action.

Community Recycling Workspaces

Keneisha,T and Aaliyah smiling infront of the Operation Take Two shipping container.
Jewelry and plant pots made of recycled plastic.
Member of Operation Take Two putting plastic cups in a shredder.
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Compact & Attainable Setup

You don't need much space to create a fully-functional workspace—just electricity and ventillation. Our first-ever workspace was created within a revamped 40-foot steel shipping container!

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Simple & Innovative Process

Our recycling process is simple—sort, shred, create! Plastic must first be cleaned and sorted by type. Then it's shredded into small flakes that become the raw material for new items using various melting processes and moulds.

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Self-Sustaining Cycle

Our process allows young people to get creative and make treasure out of trash. These creations can be sold to generate a profit—allowing workspaces and communities to sustain themselves.

Workspace in Action
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Operation Take Two - Rutland

Kelowna, BC

Est. 2019 (our first-ever workspace!)

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Operation Take Two seeks to provide hope, action and connection within every community it is found in. 

We're developing a process to help new communities start their own workspaces, with funds and resources provided by us. Sign up for our newsletter to hear updates on our launch!

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Our Story

November 2017
November 2017

Operation Take Two is founded by high school students in Kelowna, BC.

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February 2018
February 2018

The project became real when the team won a $5000 grant through the Sustainable Development Challenge.

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May 2018
May 2018

The team receives support & places sixth in the iGen Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

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June 2019
June 2019

We celebrated the soft launch of our first-ever workspace in Kelowna, BC!

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November 2019
November 2019

Operation Take Two is featured on the hit CBC reality TV show Dragons' Den!

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January 2021
January 2021

Now-graduated high school alumni found the Sankofa Sustainability Collective with Operation Take Two as a key project.

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Operation Take Two was founded by high school students with the goal to take a holistic approach to climate action and environmentalism.


By creating a physical space, we created a path of direct action for young people to take within sustainability work.


Operation Take Two and its workspaces will always be the first step into sustainability for us, and a great beginning for many more young people.



Workspace Sponsors
Big Steel Box logo
Central Okanagan Public Schools logo
Funding Partners
Goodspark by
Dragons Den logo

Jim Treliving & Lane Merrifield

Sustainable Development Challenge logo
City of Kelowna logo
Gen Next logo
Central Okanagan Foundation For Youth logo
United Way Southerin Interior BC logo
Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club logo
League of Innovators logo
Purrpl logo
Rotary Club of Kelowna Ogopogo logo
Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside logo
enactus Okanagan College logo
i Gen Challenge logo