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…

Less is more in the recycling business

VanCity Investing in Communities – Stories of Impact
Fall 2012

Source: https://www.vancity.com/AboutUs/InvestingInCommunities/Stories/Energy/Recycling/

Some businesses seek to fill the world with their products. But for Recycling Alternative it’s all about getting to zero—zero waste, that is.

More than 20 years ago, Robert Weatherbe offered his friend Louise Schwarz some help to advance her passion for recycling. Today, he and Louise co-own of one of Canada’s most creative recycling companies, Recycling Alternative. Continue reading…

Food-scraps recycling fails in eco-friendly Olympic village

UBC Journalism News Service – The Thunderbird 

By Reyhana Heatherington
October 17, 2012

Source: http://thethunderbird.ca/2012/10/17/food-scraps-recycling-fails-in-eco-friendly-olympic-village/

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Louise Schwarz talks trash or more precisely she talks about the virtues of reducing trash, but it seems condo residents in the eco-friendly Olympic village do not.

On July 10, the city funded a pilot project to eliminate food scrap waste in the Olympic village. It set up an easily accessible composting location but all residents had to do was use it. But three months later, the project closed because not enough people were taking advantage of it.

Schwarz, co-founder of Recycling Alternative, said she expected residents to use the centralized drop bins more, especially considering that the city claims it is one of the greenest neighbourhoods in North America.

“I was surprised. I mean, the Olympic village is perfect; it’s just waiting to happen…but we didn’t quite get the numbers.” Continue reading…

Going car-free with the BC Scrap-It Program

I love my car. Really.

I learned to drive in this car. I moved away to university in this car. I met my husband because he liked my bumper sticker. It’s driven over 200,000 kms, carried dozens of rugby girls covered in mud, and traveled to more parts of this province than most people have probably seen. It’s been towed, ferried, and flooded.

And now I’m scrapping it.

The decision to scrap the car was a tough one. I’ve been debating it for years, but always found an excuse not to. I love the convenience of my car.

It still runs fine! Sure I’ll admit it has transmission problems and costs me a ton to maintain, but I’ve always convinced myself it’s worth it. It’s just that every year (and every major repair) makes it harder to believe. So I’ve decided Continue reading…

Around the World #1

Touring and Trashbusting Abroad

As we draw to the end of the summer season, leaving holidays behind for the collective migration back to autumnal obligations of the office, the boardroom, council chambers and, of course, school, it’s an opportune time to visit trashbusting efforts abroad.

A sort of Trashbusting Travel-log to close the dog day month of August. Continue reading…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Tonight the Vancouver Folk Music Festival kicks off their 35th annual show and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been working with Folk Fest for 21 years, helping them to reduce waste at an event that sees thousands of people eating and drinking outdoors over three days. Not an easy feat.  Over the years their environmental committee has developed a zero-waste plan that works with the spirit of the event and could stand as a best-practices example for festival recycling.  Keep reading to see exactly how they have succeeded…

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Launch of the fourth Drop Spot location at Olympic Village

NEW ORGANIC RECYCLING OPTIONS FOR VANCOUVER APARTMENT AND CONDO RESIDENTS!

Two groups of residents in the West End and Olympic Village are joining other high-density Vancouver neighbourhoods in a community effort to divert organics from the landfill by creating new Food Scraps Drop Spots.

On June 16, 2012 the West End Neighbourhood Food Network and Village Vancouver launched their 10am-1pm Saturday Drop Spot at the West End Community Centre. Continue reading…