Community Involvement

Since the beginning, Recycling Alternative has worked hard to support an amazing network of local community organizations. Below are some of the initiatives we have been proud to work on over the years.

Inclusive Employment

Our position near the inner city gives us the opportunity to provide inclusive green jobs to people who face barriers to employment. Over the years we have worked with many job placement organizations such as Open Door, Gastown Vocational, Canadian Mental Health and Building Opportunities with Business.


In partnership with the DTES non-profit bottle depot United We Can, and working closely with the City of Vancouver, Recycling Alternative forged the opening of Vancouver’s first recycling hub – the greenHUB, a co-location model focused on local recycling, materials recovery and the creation of inclusive green jobs close to the inner city.

Recycle In Strathcona

Recycling Alternative has joined together with the Strathcona Business Improvement Association and Shift Delivery to provide local Strathcona businesses with an innovative and cost effective recycling program, which includes exclusive rates for SBIA members, comprehensive recycling services including a zero-waste option, shared bin opportunities, and low emission transportation of recycling.

SHIFT Delivery

After the success of the Recycle In Strathcona program, RA expanded their partnership with SHIFT Delivery to their own customers – offsetting emissions from our trucks by having SHIFT collect smaller clients located close to our warehouse on their low-emission trikes!

Local Festivals

Everyone loves a great party! We love these festivals for ensuring they have their 3R’s in place while throwing a big bash! Every year RA supports over 50 events and festival such as Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival,  Bard on the Beach, Vancouver International Film Festival and Sakura Days.

Zero Waste Events

Zero Waste Events is a joint initiative between Recycling Alternative, Green Chair Recycling and Vancity to provide Lower Mainland events with the resources they need to increase their diversion, leaving our streets clean and waste-free! It started in the summer of 2014 and has grown to include events like Vaisakhi in Vancouver and Surrey, Car Free Days, and National Aboriginal Day.

Our Social Fabric

Louise sits on the board of Our Social Fabric, a local non-profit dedicated to keeping fabric out of the landfill. Check out one of their monthly sales – best deals in town!


Potluck was the first individual café/caterer to take the organics plunge by boldly adding food waste to their RA recycling program in 2009! Now that’s ahead of the curve!

Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op (2003-2014)

Recycling Alternative operated and managed the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op from 2003- 2014, Vancouver’s first 100% biodiesel, self-service cardlock tank.

Food Scrap Drop Spot & the Vancouver Farmer’s Markets (2011-2014)

Being front line trash-busters, day in day out, we continually see opportunities to tackle and trouble shoot trash in innovative ways.

Such is the case for the Food Scraps Drop Spot which began as a pilot program in partnership with Farmers Markets. This model was developed over 2 years with the goal of collecting food scraps from apartment residents before there was a municipal program in place. The opportunity to land the project came in the spring of 2011 in the way of a Greenest City Neighbourhood Grant from the City.

Farmers Market and Recycling Alternative created a “Drop Spot” model, beginning at the West End Farmers Market and expanding to five other seasonal locations. These Drop Spots became a means for Vancouver’s apartment residents to bring their food scraps in buckets, bags or bowls for composting.

Apartment residents were hungry to keep their food scraps out of the landfill and the response and engagement from the public was enthusiastic to say the very least! In 4 short years we diverted over 133 metric tonnes of organics from local landfills (with the help of 50,000 Vancouver residents)!

The Drop Spot Team with Vancouver Mayor – Gregor Robertson