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 ...

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 ...

Organics: The Next Generation of Waste Diversion in Metro Vancouver

The next scheduled item to be banned from Metro Vancouver landfills, will be organics.  If commitments to this policy are kept, as of 2015 all loads dumped that contain excessive organic content will be hit with a hefty surcharge.  This means that businesses, single-family and multi-family dwellings will have to focus on getting their organics out of the garbage.  Metro Vancouver has had a 20 year history of prioritizing diversion by banning materials from landfill (paper, beverage containers, electronics etc.), focusing on public engagement, and proactively enforcing recycling rules at garbage transfer stations, disposal facilities and even licensed recycling facilities, ...

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Will the plastic shopping bag ever go away?

  I am lucky enough to be on holiday in eastern Ontario, enjoying amazing weather and lake country scenery.  I feel very blessed. Yesterday we boated into town to pick up some supplies and I found myself in the drug store, gathering up a few items and checking out.  The check out clerk was genuinely helpful and dutifully put my few belongings in a plastic bag. I remarked quickly “Please no bag, I can carry out those items without a bag”. Check out Clerk “Don’t worry, I did not charge you for the bag.” I remark back “Thanks, I am not ...

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