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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The cost of garbage disposal should inspire diversion

As a region, and in society as a whole, we are debating what to do with our garbage and what the cost will be for disposal in the future. Stakeholders are concerned that the cost of disposal has increased significantly in the last 10 years, and many are stating that the increases costs over time are too great and are a burden to society, business and others. In our region, regional disposal costs are being estimated to reach $150 per metric tonne in the next few years, and likely closer to $200 per metric tonne in the medium term. In ...

The Ports are back at work, sort of.

Part 3 of my coverage on the 2014 Port Strike here in the Lower Mainland.  I wish I could say it is over and it is behind us.  It’s not. We are still mired in the muck, and are desperately trying to clear the mud off our boots! The ports are working, sort of.  We have heard very clearly that it is going to take four to six weeks to get the ports working back to normal and there are a variety of reasons for this:  import containers are currently parked in export lanes at the ports (therefore the ports cannot ...

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Consequences of the Port Strike still being felt

With great relief we as an industry and as a company saw the end to the port strike on March 26 with a 14 point (but apparently now a 15 point) plan to rectify the concerns of the trucking industry that serves the Lower Mainland ports.  The strike was almost 30 days long and every day it was becoming more difficult to function and operate in our recycling plants.  Carrying inventory creates chaos on many fronts including, organization, cash flow, safety, throughput etc. In the 5 days since the end of the strike, Urban Impact has managed to ship 11 ...

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