May 2016 Shred Day Fundraising efforts to help a Syrian Family Settling in BC

On my blog I usually stick to waste reduction or recycling topics.  Something a little different this time … Urban Impact gives a lot of money to charity – I am pretty proud to tell you.   We give money in three primary ways, they are: Free recycling services for charities Shredathons scheduled in Spring and Fall where we partner with other organizations such as VanCity to provide a service and donate proceeds to their charity of choice Twice monthly Shred Days at our Richmond & Calgary offices, where our staff pick the worth charity to donate the proceeds to. In ...

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Tools To Monitor Waste Diversion Efforts

Urban Impact wants to partner with our customers in reducing their waste and improving their waste diversion efforts.  Garbage could be thing of the past, if waste diversion and avoidance efforts are taken seriously and technological developments continue to improve in alternate packaging and products, What was once garbage, will in fact be a resource and we will be on our way to a world without waste. What tools do we have to see how we are doing with respect to both diversion and waste avoidance?   Waste Audits Waste Audits are an excellent tool to review the composition of what remains ...

Coffee Pods are just one type of single use container

I was recently asked on my opinion on “coffee pods”, and offered my observations to McLean’s for a magazine article http://www.macleans.ca/society/life/coffee-pods-the-new-eco-villain/. I am not a coffee pod expert, however, there is no doubt they are convenient, have significant consumer appeal, and provide a delicious cup of coffee at a moment’s notice.  Even so, I stand by my quote that was used to finish the article: “I would never allow myself to purchase a single-use product like this,”  “I modify my habits as to not fall into the trap at all.” Although the Maclean’s article is specifically about coffee pods, there ...

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Metro Vancouver Diversion Numbers Point to Staying the Course

By John Kendler, Special Guest Blogger   The Vancouver Sun recently published an article by Randy Shore titled Metro Vancouver’s Green Waste Diversion: A Progress Report (available here: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Metro+Vancouver+green+waste+diversion+progress+report/9956483/story.html ) According to the article, the total amount of waste produced by single-family homes in Metro Vancouver is down by 66,000 metric tonnes compared to 2011, while region-wide diversion is up from 55% to 58% This progress comes as no big surprise to those in the waste and recycling industry who have been on the front lines helping to improve current programs and implement new ones in an effort to increase diversion ...

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