Zero Waste Conference

Last Wednesday, Metro Van held its annual Zero Waste conference yesterday with the theme of ‘re-thinking our waste’.

The conference focused on 2 areas:

  1. Cradle to Cradle design and innovation for a circular, closed loop economy
  2. The problem of food waste, both ‘pre-consumer’ (i.e. food that expires or we throw out before it gets to our plates) and ‘post-consumer’ ( i.e. prep remnants, plate scraping and leftovers) for Metro’s 2015 food scrap bans in the landfill

Keynote speakers included Dame Ellen MacArthur Continue reading…

Trash Talk #11 – Dr Braungart

BoC Dr Braungart 2Last night, on the eve of Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference (www.metrovancouver.org/zwc) , the Board of Change (www.boardofchange.com ) hosted a Round Table conversation with the German chemist turned ‘Cradle to Cradle’ prophet, co-founder of EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (www.epea-hamburg.org), co-author of Re-making The Way We Make Things, and keynote speaker at Metro’s 2013 Zero Waste conference, Dr. Michael Braungart.

It was a close up conversation, with room for only 40 Board of Change members to attend. Continue reading…

Ask the experts: How do I establish a successful food scraps and recycling program at the office?

Business In Vancouver – Ask the experts: How do I establish a successful food scraps and recycling program at the office?

Tue Oct 1, 2013 12:01am PST

Source: http://www.biv.com/article/20131001/BIV0115/310019952/0/SEARCH/Ask-the-experts:-How-do-I-establish-a-successful-food-scraps-and-recycling-program-at-the-office?

Ask the experts: How do I establish a successful food scraps and recycling program at the office?

Engagement and reward are keys to successful workplace recycling and composting programs Continue reading…

Trash Talk #12 – Ditching Dumpsters for Livable Laneways

What’s wrong with this picture?

This is what the dumpsters that regularly occupy the lanes immediately west of Main St between 7th and Broadway, look like when you bring them all together for a big community party!  We were on-site at the Autumn Shift Festival this weekend to provide recycling for a great community event, but instead found ourselves surrounded by dumpsters.

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If you care to count, there are 14 of them occupying 2 short lanes servicing just a handful of businesses. In the daily lives of BIA business members and the public living and shopping in the area, they present an uninviting
landscape in what could otherwise be a beautiful Livable Laneway!

These trashy eyesores are common fare in our city lanes (and in some cases, on our side walks).

Beyond being an undesirable blemish on public spaces that groups like Liveable Laneways would like to banish, in their efforts to transform, animate and re-claim these lanes for public use and interaction, these ‘one size fits all’ dumpsters can be a detriment to recycling, and undermine Continue reading…

Scrapping Food at the PNE!

Another roller coaster riding, mini donut filled fortnight of fun has drawn to a close at PNE 2013.

In addition to the usual suspects – rides –animals -prize homes –great music acts and the ever entertaining slice’em dice’em market place vendors, food always plays a major roll at the PNE, from candied apples and cotton candy to corn on the cob.

This year though, there was a big difference on the food front ….in terms of waste that is!

Recycling Alternative was thrilled to be included in Vancity’s ECO ALLEY  to demo our state of the art on-site composting machines.

Green Good Composters provide one of the best on-site solutions for food waste. The technology works on microbiology and heat. The microbes are similar to the ones found in deep sea vents and love to feast on food waste in a hot environment. The result is significant reduction in volume of food waste as well as the nasty smells and sloppy mess that can accompany food waste.

The machines have proven a popular and successful option for a number of local restaurants, hotels and supermarkets.

Green Good Composters come in a number of sizes designed to match the various volumes a home or business might generate.

Apartment residents love the GG02, which processes up to 2 kg’s per day, the average amount of food waste a Canadian family generates daily.

Larger generators of food waste such as restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, supermarkets and food courts can choose from a suite of the GG machine models (GG10, GG30, GG50, GG100, GG500) to best suit their needs and food waste volumes:

Site staff at the PNE used the GG100 over the 2 week fair and were so proud of the results, that they are now considering ways to introduce the machines across their year round operation to tackle and their food waste.

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Folk Festival 2013 – the results are in!

IMG_2418Another successful Folkfest has wrapped for the year and the numbers are in!

As many of our clients and TrashTalk readers know, Recycling Alternative and Folkfest have been partnering for over 15 years together to do some serious trashbusting and ensure the FolkFest’s trashprint is light on the planet and makes both organizers and festival goers alike feel great about being part of the solution!

Every year the Recycling Alternative and FolkFest Environment team meet in the weeks leading up  to prepare the waste reduction plan for the site.  Together our aim is to: Continue reading…

Don’t Throw It All Away

BC Homes – Don’t Throw It All Away:
THREE STEPS TO RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING IN YOUR MULTI-FAMILY COMPLEX

Catherine Owen | May 14th, 2013

Source: http://www.bchomesmag.com/dont-throw-it-all-away/

Awareness of the importance of recycling has been growing steadily in the Lower Mainland. Access to recycling facilities has risen since the 1990s, but condo and apartment owners are still at a disadvantage. Some buildings don’t offer recycling facilities. Others have limited options. While single-family homes achieved a 55 per cent diversion from the landfill in 2011, condominiums only saw a 16 per cent decrease in waste. The lack of recycling services means many residents will throw their garbage in the trash can instead, remarks Louise Schwarz of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge. But condo and apartment owners can make a difference. Continue reading…

Earth Day All Year Long at Windermere School

Recycling Alternative has been working with students at Windermere Community School for the past few years by providing recycling and composting services for the Earth Day celebration at Grandview Park.  We are always impressed by the hard work they put into the event each year and so we wanted to share the many other accomplishments the students have managed.  The guest blog below was written by students Aaron Leung and Jonas Recuenco.

BIUGIQVCQAEDPc3Windermere has received several awards and been recognized by organizations such as the City of Vancouver, Environmental Youth Alliance, David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, CCPA, Wildernesss Committee, BC Hydro, Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition, Evergreen, BC Greengames (2 time winner), Global Agents for Change, Youth Ventures and many more, for our ability to engage youth in meaningful ways in projects we have worked on in the past, along with current endeavors. Some of these include: Continue reading…