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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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 ...