Trouble with trash leads YWCA award winner to become sustainability leader

BC Hydro News
June 29, 2012


“Every so often in life, something hits you in the head like a ton of bricks,” says Louise Schwarz, founding partner of Vancouver-based Recycling Alternative, explaining the epiphany that led her to develop some of Vancouver’s most innovative green community solutions.

In 1989, Louise was visiting a friend in Seattle and was amazed by their advances in recycling. It might seem strange Continue reading…

Make Music Vancouver – June 21st, 2012

We are excited to be partnering with Make Music Vancouver this year as they usher in the first day of summer with the sounds of an impressive diversity of musical genres on the streets of Gastown!

Make Music Vancouver isn’t a stand-alone event – it is part of a global live music celebration that takes place every year on June 21st in over a hundred countries! Last year over 20,000 people Continue reading…

New program allows West End apartment dwellers to compost food scraps

Business in Vancouver

Glen Korstrom Fri Jun 8, 2012 9:00am PST



The City of Vancouver offers curbside food scraps collection for single family dwellings but is having a “headache” dealing with multi-unit dwellings, which dominate the downtown peninsula, West End Neighbourhood Food Network (WEFN) spokesman Randy Helten told Business in Vancouver June 7.

Now a new program is opening in the West End to help apartment and condo dwellers to compost their food scraps. Continue reading…

Trash Talk #9 – Composting Site Visit

Last Sunday a group of dedicated Drop Spot volunteers made the trek out to the commercial composting facility to learn more about where your weekly Drop Spot food scraps are going.

Each Saturday, Recycling Alternative picks up the totes from the Drop Spots and transports them to Envirosmart in Ladner. Envirosmart uses a state to of the art, windrow system to process the more than 1,000 tonnes of food scraps they receive on a weekly basis from local composting programs.

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