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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The Ripple Effect of Recycling

I consider the many issues and challenges our society has as a whole.  In the Lower Mainland, we grapple with many complex and diverse issues such as affordable housing, a diverse economy, saving agricultural land, saving industrial land, homelessness – the list goes on. My life for the last 23 years has focused on the world of recycling and waste diversion, or “regional sustainability” in the grander scheme.  I am certainly very proud of what our company does and proud of the diversion results and sustainability goals we have helped our clients achieve.  23 years ago recycling and waste diversion ...

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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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