Challenges of organics recycling in Calgary in – 40 degrees

Our guest blogger, is Spencer Kennedy, Operations Manager for Urban Impact’s Calgary division: If any of y’all westcoasters were following Calgary weather recently, you might have observed our arctic thermometer dropping down below -40 last week. At this temperature bad things start to happen – skin freezes and vehicles won’t start. The Calgary School Board even issued a warning to parents of kids that take buses that the chances of the bus engine actually starting were low; but the chances of children stuck waiting at the bus stop and getting instant frostbite – were HIGH!   Even our truck block-heaters ...

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Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs take note!

If Extended Producer Responsibility programs could work towards this, I think the war on waste would be won!  Do you agree? ...

Helping our customers achieve excellent diversion results

Urban Impact works hard to everyday helping our customers meet and exceed their waste diversion goals! We are very aware that recycling needs to happen seamlessly and effortlessly for our clients.  To help our customers make this happen, Urban Impact focuses on four very important areas: Listen to our customers – we want to know what their goals are. Design a system that considers their objectives and physical operations. Help our customers communicate with their staff with clear signage and information sessions (“lunch and learns”) Service their location quietly, efficiently and seamlessly. The photo in the heading of the blog is ...

Guelph achieves 67% waste diversion

I was recently reading an article in Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine http://www.solidwastemag.com/news/guelph-tops-res-waste-diversion-ranking-wdo/1002873471/w82vy4Wps10w8xu02qM2vx/?ref=enews_SW&utm_source=SW&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SW-EN01282014 and was very pleased to see that several cities in Ontario are achieving excellent diversion results!  Guelph topped the list for 2012.  Guelph has a population of approximately 120,000 residents – a good sized city with typical communication and public engagement challenges around residential waste diversion.  Guelph utilizes a source-separation based system where residents are required to separate their recycling in a blue bin cart, their organics in a green one and their garbage in a grey one – as in the photo featured above (credit to the City ...

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