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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Lower Mainland Port Strike a challenge for industry that exports

Slightly off my usual recycling focus on this blog, I feel like I have to say something about the current port strike in the Lower Mainland. This strike is a catastrophe for business who export. For exporting business such as Urban Impact to loose an important piece of the supply chain is disruptive to day to day operations, detrimental on sales, negatively impacts cashflow, increases the cost of operating, creates stress for staff and at some point limits the way you can can conduct day to day operations. The port strike, which most people understand and know is being fought by the ...

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? ...