Launch of the fourth Drop Spot location at Olympic Village


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…

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…

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…

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Back in February, 3 dear friends surprised me, when they came into my office to declare they had nominated me for the ‘ YWCA Women of Distinction Awards’. Their insistence on making the journey into my office to see me that day, caused me to suspect they might be coming in to announce that one of them was pregnant (probably not the man in the group!) – so not only was I gob-smacked to hear about the award nomination Continue reading…

EcoRoamer visits Recycling Alternative

EcoRoamer, a 27,000 lb. diesel truck made out of recycled material visited the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-Op pump at Recycling Alternative’s Warehouse. They filled up with 100% Biodiesel on their way up to Alaska…and are eventually going to see the world! Thank guys!

Recycle this!

As part of the National Film Board’s web-documentary about the human side of the Canadian economic crisis, Recycling Alternative was spotlighted in this photo essay June 8, 2010

What’s a recycling company to do when a global meltdown decimates its markets? Rethink, reinvent – and hire new staff.