The following Strathcona businesses are still open and offering take-out, delivery, or other services. All are doing their best to support measures to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still providing much needed provisions at this time. Let’s support these amazing local and independent businesses that call Strathcona home.
Clark Dr.Order freshly roasted organic coffee through their new online shop which offers home delivery. Choose your coffee type and select your grind. Free shipping over $40. ????:@agroroastersShop Coffee Online
Ask For Luigi
305 Alexander St.
Take-out menu of salads & starters, Luigi’s famous pasta, and desserts available for pick-up Tues-Sun 4pm -9pm. Order by phone at 604-428-2544 or online. 50% off list price for all wines. Delivery also available through Uber Eats. ????:@askforluigiTake-Out Menu
1279 E Hastings St
Open for take-out from their delicious Ethiopian food menu between 1pm-7pm. Order for pick-up or delivery at 604-253-2986 or through their website. Delivery is also available through foodora or skipthedishes. All meals include their famous injera. ????: @_joycengTake-Out Menu
Retail store is open for beer, wine, + cider off-sales Wed-Sun 4pm-6pm. Order ready to go meals and meal kits by 2pm for same day pick-up or delivery to your home. Option to pay for a meal for someone in need. ????:@belgardkitchenStaff Meal Menu
1216 Franklin St.
Open for take-away in person from 1pm-7pm seven days a week. Order online before 1pm for same day delivery. Minimum online order $30. Delivery window is 2pm-6pm daily. ????:@containerbrewingOrder Beer Online
337 E Hastings St.
Known for authentic Central Texas BBQ, Dixie’s take-out menu is available for delivery by UberEats and DoorDash Thurs-Sun 4pm-9pm. Menu includes amazing burgers and sammies, hot dogs, and sides. Direct delivery coming soon. ????: @meatatdixiesDelivery MenuDosanko Restaurant
566 Powell St.
Offering a delicious Japanese comfort food take-out menu. Available for pick-up or delivery by Uber Eats Tues-Sat from 11:30am to 7pm. Local craft beer and local wine available for purchase with your meal. Can be reached at 604-251-2020. ????:@dosankorestaurantTake-Out Menu
614 Alexander St.
Open from 9am-3pm. Eclipse Awards can help you recognize everyday heroes in your community with their eco-friendly timeless awards, trophies, & plaques. Orders can be placed online or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org ????: @eclipseawardsShop Awards
1146 Union St.
Store is open 10am-6pm daily. Set up with lot’s of sanitation measures and to help one person at a time. Bike service can be booked by phone 604-253-2005 or by email email@example.com. Online store offering free delivery of ready-to-ride new bikes in the Lower Mainland. ????:@landyachtzbikesShop Online Store
les amis du FROMAGE
843 E Hastings St.
Open daily from 10am-6pm. Maximum 6 people in the store at once and allow a safe distance between shoppers. Card payment only and no reusable shopping bags. Plentiful selection of cheese, charcuteries and pantry staples like pasta and tomato products. ????:@cheese_ladfPlace Email OrderLiquids and Solids
901 E Hastings St.
Take-out menu of fresh soups and sandwiches available for pick up from 8am-4pm Mon-Fri or by delivery through Uber Eats. Pre-packaged 750ml soups also avialable for delivery, look for the Soupetc! brand. ????:@liquids_and_solids_yvrTake-Out/Delivery Menu
Lita’s Mexican Foods
Available in several stores
Lita’s makes delicious and natural Mexican style flour tortillas. Find them in several grocery storesin Vancouver. They also make award-winning vegan taco meal kits that are now available to order for home delivery here. ????:@litasmexicanfoodsOrder Vegan Taco Meal Kit
1123 Venables St.
Open for to-go only 3pm-7pm Fri-Sun. Delivery is available by beervan.ca. Free delivery on orders over $40 otherwise a $5 delivery charge. Same day delivery for orders placed before 2pm. ????:@luppolo_brewingOrder Beer Online
Pallet Coffee Roasters HQ
395 Alexander St.
Retail coffee beans and brewing equipment available for purchase 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. Card payments only and one person at a time. Online shop available, now including Oat Milk. Coffee is roasted fresh to order and shipped via Canada Post. ????:@palletcoffeeShop Coffee Online
Paragon Food Equipment
760 E Hastings St.
Open by phone, email, & website 8:30am-5pm all weekdays. Paragon supplies commercial kitchen equipment to essential services such as restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and social service providers. Free delivery within Metro Vancouver or pick-up at 604-255-9991 or firstname.lastname@example.orgShop Kitchen Products
397 Railway St.
Take-out meal program available for pick-up from 8:30am-6pm. Order through the Railtown Cafe App. Delivery available through Door Dash. Large individual heat and serve portions. Buy five meals and get the sixth free. ????:@railtowncafeTake-Out MenuSavoury ChefNew home delivery menu available with chef prepared meals and DIY meal kits. Order online or call 604-357-7118. Order before 12pm for next business day delivery. ????:@savourychefHome Delivery Menu
Strathcona Beer Company/ Superflux
895 E Hastings St.
Open for take-out beer and pizza 12pm-8pm everyday. Beer delivery available in partnership with Superflux Beer Compnay. Minimum order $35. Deliver to Vancouve and North Van. ????:@strathconabeerOrder Beer Online
The Garden Strathcona
868 E Hastings St.
Take-out menu available for pick-up 9am-3pm daily or by delivery through Door Dash. Offering personal shopping and free shipping on all local products for sale at the retail store. Saviour Cookie dough available online as well. ????:@thegardenstrathconaTake-Out Menu
696 E Hastings St.
Open for takeout and beer, wine, and cider pick-up Fri, Sat, & Sun 4pm-9pm. Check out their takeout menu here and call 604-336-3958 to place an order. Pick-up is via their side door on Heatley Ave. ????: @theheatley696Take-Out Menu
The Mackenzie Room/ Say Mercy
4298 Fraser St.
#StaffMeal take-out menu with sister restaurant Say Mercy. Healthy, affordable meals and the opportunity to donate to someone in need. Order Tues-Sat 8am-2pm for same day pick-up 4:30-6:30pm at Say Mercy. ????:@themackenzieroomStaff Meal Menu
The Uncommon Cafe
477 Powell St.
575 E Cordova St.
Top-Valu Foods specializes in making delicious noodles, fortune cookies, and wonton wraps. Now offering sales to retail customers. Call 604-253-4558 to order, pick-ups can be made Mon-Fri 9am-4pm via their back alley entrance. 10% of sales donated to Union Gospel Mission.Visit Website
Union Food Market
810 Union St.
Open 9am-4pm Tues-Sun. Implementing social separation rules of 2-3 people maximum in the store. Offering pick-up and delivery service options for people with special needs. You can reach the market at 604-255-5025. ????:@unionfoodmarketVisit website
VV Tapas Lounge
957 E Hastings St.
VV Pasta take-out menu available by phone at 604-336-9244, or delivery available by Door Dash. Date Night Dinner for Two option includes perfect meal for two, wine, and dessert. BC beer, wine, and cider sold at cost with the purchase of a meal. ????:@vv.tapasloungeTake-Out Menu
799 Keefer St.
Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sun. Implementing social separation rules of 4 people maximum in the store. Specialize in local organic produce and products. ????:@wildersnailVisit Instagram page
Other ways you can show your support:
- Share this blog post with your networks
- Purchase gift cards or merchandise from businesses
- Engage with your favourite local businesses on social media
- Write a positive review online for your favourite businesses
Are you open in Strathcona and want to be added to this list? Please reach out to email@example.com.Read More
On November 11th, 2018, Strathcona lost one of its strongest and most passionate advocates, Wayne Nelsen. Wayne was a founding member of the Strathcona BIA, and served as a dedicated director from day one. After 20 years of service to our board, his impact and legacy is still felt everyday, from the daily operations of our safety team to our strategy and advocacy work on behalf of the community at large. He ensured the principle of safety was embedded in everything we do.
You wont find a greater champion for Strathcona and its businesses reflects Sam Hamilton, SBIA member services. He always ensured the member needs were put first, ahead of all other considerations.
Wayne led by example as the owner and operator of the Patricia Hotel and the Hastings Mill Brewing Company, one of Vancouvers oldest city brewers. During his decades as a business leader in Strathcona, he watched the community shift and change many times over. His long view of a changing neighbourhood and deep appreciation for small business added up to a vision for Strathcona, one in which all businesses, residents and community members thrive together.
Wayne was a giant of Strathcona, and he expected nothing but the best from and for the community, remembers Emma Carscadden, SBIA board president. I will miss most his steadfast determination to get visible, tangible results for Strathcona.
Wayne Kent Nelsen. Business Leader. Advocate. Husband. Father. Friend. A man of and for the people. You are missed.
Visit here to read Waynes Obituary in the Province and Vancouver Sun. Wayne is predeceased by his son-in-law David and survived by his wife Janet, his children Daryl (Katie) and Lindsay and his grandchildren Allie (Nelsen) and Kennedy (Thomas).
The SBIA staff and board are considering how to memorialize Wayne and honour his legacy in public and purposeful ways. We are open to your thoughtful suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to us with your ideas.Read More
We’re super excited about the new murals.
How we got here
Several Hastings Urban Tree Nursery planters from 2014 were in need of a refresh. In August we had an open call for artists to propose new mural designs. A selection committee made up of staff and Sustainability Committee members evaluated the proposals and shortlisted several artists. We brought the shortlisted designs to the organizations and businesses who participate in the HUTN program and engaged local community members about the artworks. This included presenting to the VANDU Board of Directors and providing them printed designs so people who use their space could vote on their favourite. We also attended the DTES Neighbourhood House community drop-in to present designs and gather feedback. Other businesses with tree planters out front submitted their thoughts through a short online survey. After collecting the feedback, four local artists were selected to paint brand new murals on nine tree planters along East Hastings.
The selected artists and final murals
Artist Jenn Brisson worked on two planters in the 300 block of East Hastings in front of VANDU. In her piece, titled “Only Human”, energetic colours and patterns flow through two figures, creating the sensation of coming undone and together simultaneously. These patterns can be interpreted as waves, sound, energy or our Spirit. They show that we are all in constant flow; everything we do has a ripple effect on other people and we are all connected in this life. When writing about her experience with the project on her instagram page, Jenn wrote “Everyone was super supportive, friendly and expressed appreciation for what I was doing for their community”. Read the full post at @jennbrissonart, and check out her awesome work. Jenn is also an exhibiting artist in the upcoming Eastside Culture Crawl at her studio at 617 Gore Ave.
Artist Cate Wikelund completed murals in front of the DTES Neighbourhood House at 573 East Hastings. Cate lives a few blocks away and has engaged with programming at the DTES Neighbourhood House, making the final selection for this project by her peers and community members all the more meaningful. In her design, two Great Blue Herons face each other across two planters, serving to bring the planters into a relationship and mirroring how these birds interact in the wild. The natural and realistic look of her design elicited a lot of positive feedback as Cate was working – she even got some shout outs from people riding by on the bus! What a wonderful addition to the block. Cate recently completed another mural project on a shipping container in Oppenheimer park, and co-led the “Resilience Community Mural” project at 121 Heatley Ave.
In the 600 Block of East Hastings, artist Andrew Tavukciyan completed two murals in his signature bold and intricate style. A colourful and striking paint palette on one planter is contrasted by a black and white biomorphic design on the second planter. Andrew felt it was important for the designs to wrap seamlessly and continuously around the cylindrical shaped planters to give the illusion of no start or end. We are totally digging his visual style! You can find more works by Andrew on his Instagram account at @tavukciyan.
Artist Morgane Billault worked on three planters in the 700 block of East Hastings. She incorporated bright colours and a marvelous illustrative technique to create three interconnected landsacpes. Three animals: the crow, fish, and coyote, inspired her designs that bring west coast elements together with human elements, drawing on the nature/urban theme of the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery itself. You can’t miss these bright additions to the street! Discover more of Morgane’s work on her Instagram account @billaultmorgane.
Thank you to all of the artists who applied to be a part of this project. And a huge thank you and congratulations to the selected artists. We appreciate your creativity, distinct styles, and especially your willingness to work through the colder October weeks to get these murals done before winter!
Thank you to the City of Vancouver for providing grant funding to cover the costs of the artists’ paint supplies and materials as well as the cost of initial cleaning, priming and final sealing services by Goodbye Graffiti.
The artists fees are paid for by the Strathcona BIA.
Thank you to Mission Possible Maintenance who continue to maintain and upkeep the planters and trees on a monthly basis.
The Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN) is a joint project with Hastings Crossing BIA to bring greenery and beauty to East Hastings. The concrete planters house trees that grow under the care of local businesses and organizations. We look forward to replacing some of the damaged trees in the HUTN in late November.
The State of the Streets update is the annual action from our Mobility Advocacy Plan where we report to members on our progress with MAP action implementation. It includes information on important transportation news from the neighbourhood and resources such as promotional codes for a free trial of Mobi Bike Share and free sign-ups to Modo Carshare for Business.
Download the State of the Streets Map here to help inform your Strathcona mobility decisions.
No Time-Limit Meter Parking Pilot
This one-year pilot is an effort by the City of Vancouver to improve availability of short-term parking in Strathcona while also providing longer-term parking options for commuters. Our Mobility Advocacy Plan – MAP Strathcona – supports testing new street parking strategies.
Meters in pilot locations are in effect from 9am – 10pm, the cost is $1 an hour and there is no limit on how long you park there.
The Strathcona BIA is engaging businesses about their experience with the pilot project and sharing that information with the City. Our map highlights how often pilot locations are used between 11am and 3pm. All data is provided by the City of Vancouver and based on recent monitoring.
Modo Carshare for Business
Modo and the Strathcona BIA are teaming to offer free business account sign-ups for SBIA members, plus $50 Modo drive time for Modo individual membership sign-ups. Mention your SBIA member status when signing up for a Modo Business account. With Modo, you always have the right-sized fleet and can add an unlimited number of drivers to your account. You can choose from a range of vehicles in the Strathcona area, including a Nissan Compact Cargo Van. Learn more at modo.coop/business.
Use code SBIA50 to claim $50 drive time when signing up for a Modo individual membership online at modo.coop.
Promo is valid until September 30, 2019 and expires two months after redeemed.
Better Bus Stop Experience in Strathcona
Part of our upcoming MAP Strathcona work will include advocating for improved bus stop amenities and safety features at existing transit stops in the area. We want to improve the experience of taking transit to and from Strathcona. We also plan to engage members around how a 95-B-line bus stop in Strathcona could impact transit in our community. Have thoughts on this? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commuting Resources Free for your business
Challenged by the demand for parking? TravelSmart for Business is a free TransLink program that can help you review, evaluate, and improve current travel options for your employees. Services include site assessments, surveying employee mode choice and level of interest in trying something new, engagement through lunch n’ learns, carpool matchmaking, or support with administrating subsidized compass cards for employees. Interested? Contact email@example.com and loop in the Strathcona BIA for additional support!
Try Mobi by Shaw Go in Strathcona
You’ve likely noticed the new Mobi Bike Stations in the Strathcona area. Through our MAP engagement efforts we were able to help provide feedback to Mobi Bike Share on desirable locations for Mobi stations in the area.
Ever tried a Mobi Bike? The Strathcona BIA has partnered with Mobi by Shaw Go to give you a free 24 Hour Pass. Get places faster by grabbing a bike from any @mobi_bike station and drop it off anywhere in the service area. Use the bikes to commute, run errands or visit friends. Use promo code strath18 at mobibikes.ca. Select the 24 hour pass when signing up as a new rider and enter the promo code. Promo expires November 30, 2018.
Have you ever participated in Bike to Work Week?
The 2018 Fall Bike to Work Week by HUB Cycling takes place Oct. 29 – Nov. 4. Log your bike trips and be entered to win amazing prizes daily. Experience how cycling can be a healthier and happier way to arrive to work. Register at BTWW.ca.
More Transportation News in Strathcona
MAP Strathcona supports improving active transportation facilities and connections while also supporting efficient goods movement. The Alexander Street Bikeway reached the installation phase in May 2018. The SBIA helped facilitate meetings between City project staff and adjacent businesses to the new bikeway. As a result, an important loading bay for goods movement and business needs at Powell St. and Hawks Ave. will be accomodated. A small section of protected path will be introduced in two phases over 2018 and 2019 and has minimal impact on the width of the road, maintains parking, and allows for loading and delivery. The right turn off the Powell St. overpass onto Hawks Ave. will be banned to reduce conflicts at this intersection.
The SBIA continues to work and advocate for making our neighbourhood more walkable. Experience our walkable street gallery, 10 Blocks of Passion, which features five art pieces inspired by the work, passion, and narratives of our community. We hope to inspire more people from across the Lower Mainland to #WalkStrathcona and learn more about what makes us one of Vancouver’s most inspiring neighbourhoods.
Look out for an improved crossing on Clark Drive! In Fall 2018, a new crosswalk with pedestrian controlled flashing lights is scheduled to be installed on Clark Drive at Frances Street.Read More
Our concrete planters need a refresh!
About the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery
Four years ago we helped launch the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN), a joint project with Hastings Crossing BIA to bring some greenery and beauty to East Hastings. We installed a series of concrete planters housing young trees, that have grown under the care of local businesses and organizations. Additional HUTN stewardship is provided by local social enterprise, Mission Possible Maintenance. Local artists were commissioned to paint unique murals on the planters.
What we are looking for
We’ve loved our first round of HUTN murals from 2014, but 10 of our planters are in need of a refresh. We’re inviting proposals from artists to re-paint our planters with marvelous new murals.
We would love to see works that engage with local community, heritage, culture, and natural elements. The works should enliven and enrich the Hastings corridor, while reflecting the values of the local community and the Strathcona BIA.
Examples of previous selected works:
Issue date: August 7th, 2018
Submission deadline: August 27th, 2018 by 5pm
This call is open to artists that reside in the Vancouver area. Indigenous artists and artists with ties to Strathcona are encouraged to apply. Artists who have previously completed works for this project are welcome to apply again. Artists must be able to complete the work before October 2018.
Planters and Associated Budgets
The area to be painted on each planter is approximately 113″ by 36″ (w X h)
Five artists will be chosen and each artist will be commissioned to paint the planters on one city block. Each selected artist will receive a base stipend of $400, plus an additional $200 for each planter painted. The blocks and program participants are as follows:
- 300 E Hastings Block, Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users – 2 planters ($800 allocated)
- 400 E Hastings Block, Vancouver Native Health Society – 1 planter ($600 allocated)
- 500 E Hastings Block, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House – 2 planters ($800 allocated)
- 600 E Hastings Block, Mission Possible – 2 Planters ($800 allocated)
- 700 E Hastings Block, Mikado Martial Arts, Pure Design Inc, Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects – 3 planters ( $1000 allocated)
The SBIA will provide paint materials up to a maximum of $150 per planter. After painting, planters will be coated with a clear product to protect against graffiti damage.
The SBIA will work with the City of Vancouver to obtain any necessary permissions for selected mural proposals.
A selection committee will liaise with participating businesses and organizations to make the final selections by the beginning of September.
- Submit one proposed design for a planter painting (width to height ratio is approximately 3:1).
- Submit an Artist Statement that introduces your work and the proposal submitted
- Submit up to 4 numbered portfolio images of your work
- Submit your resume
- Include your contact information, including e-mail and phone number
Submit your proposal online using our Google submission form: Submit a proposal here!
You can also submit a proposal by mail or in person at the SBIA office (address below). Clearly distinguish the proposed planter design from portfolio images submitted. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have your images returned.
1220 East Hastings St
We look forward to seeing your submissions!Read More
The Strathcona BIA is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead our dynamic organization.
About the Executive Director Role
The Executive Director provides leadership, direction, and works with the Board of Directors to achieve our mission, objectives and strategic plan. As Executive Director, you will be on the phone, on your feet, and on your game to advance our strategic plan and vision.
Reporting to the Board, you will act as a liaison between members, the board, staff, volunteers, government and other community partners. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of all programs and services, including budgets, daily operations, as well as community and public relations.Read More
A no time-limit metered parking pilot is coming to the Strathcona BIA area
Availability of parking for employees is a long-standing issue in the Strathcona BIA area. We know this issue remains a key concern for area employers because it came up often in our recent MAP Strathcona engagement efforts. Streets in the SBIA area serve both long-term parking demand, including commuters and residents, and short-term parking demand, usually customers and resident visitors. Testing new street parking approaches and solutions, including dynamic parking rates or more flexible time limits, is marked as an action in our Mobility Advocacy Plan. It is exciting that we already see momentum with this action!
The City is planning to pilot no time-limit metered parking at various locations throughout the SBIA starting in March 2018. The aim is to help increase parking availability and more efficiently manage limited curb space. They will introduce approximately 100 metered parking spots without time limits to better manage both short-term and long-term demand. This equates to less than 10% of the current unregulated parking spots in the area.
Typically, metered parking in the City of Vancouver allows vehicles to be parked in one location for a maximum of two hours – much less than a typical work shift. In the areas to be piloted with no time-limit metered parking, drivers may pay to park for as much time as they require.
Chris Darwent from the City of Vancouver recently presented more information on the pilot program to the SBIA membership at the MAP Strathcona Launch event on February 8th 2018.
Time in effect: 9am – 10pm
Implementation: pay-by-plate paystations (accept coins or credit cards or you can use the paybyphone app)
List of No Time-Limit Metered Parking Pilot Areas
300 Railway St North Side
500 Alexander St North Side
600 Powell St North Side
300 Dunlevy Ave East Side
400 Heatley Ave (Hastings St to lane) East Side
300 Hawks Ave Both Sides
300 Glen Drive Both Sides
500 Vernon Drive East Side
Timeline and Evaluation
The installation of no time-limit metered parking is a relatively new way of regulating curb space in Vancouver. The City will be closely monitoring its impact on parking availability throughout 2018 to determine the best way to move forward in 2019 and beyond. Feedback from the SBIA and its members will help the City in its evaluation. The expectation is that this pilot will improve parking performance in the SBIA area. The City target for average observed occupancy in the parking areas of the pilot is between 60% – 85%.
Please send any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will direct your communications to the City Parking department who are leading the pilot project.
Fresh off the tails of Made In Strathcona’s Most Walkable Street initiative, we’re gearing up for our 2018 Walk Strathcona campaign: 10 Blocks of Passion.
10 Blocks of Passion will highlight 10 unique art pieces inspired by intimate personal stories from Strathcona. Showing a human look at tales from behind the scenes of our diverse array of businesses.
As one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, nestled just east of downtown, Strathcona is home to over 450 businesses, 7,000 employees and 11,000 residents – home to thousands of unique stories and voices. The area also boasts one of the highest concentrations of artists in Canada. Its rich history and unique offerings have attracted a number of different businesses and people.
10 Blocks of Passion Street Gallery
To celebrate our unique business community, the business district will be transformed into a walkable street gallery. Featuring original artworks inspired by the personal stories of Strathcona business members who have contributed to the culture of our neighbourhood.
We hope to inspire more people from across the Lower Mainland to #WalkStrathcona and learn more about what makes us one of Vancouver’s most inspiring neighbourhoods.
We will be selecting 24 business members to highlight, all of which will be featured on our social media channels. Of the 24 selected, 10 stories will be paired with an artist commissioned to create an original work inspired by these stories to be displayed in Strathcona. We’ll be looking to highlight businesses from all areas of the SBIA and across all sectors.
Applications are now open.
Are you an SBIA business member with an intimate personal story to highlight?
Are you an artist who would like to be featured in 10 Blocks of Passion?
All applications are due by December 1, 2017 – final selections will be announced December 15th, 2017.Read More
We are pleased to announce Recycling Alternative and Shift are joining forces to provide SBIA members with a comprehensive organics and recycling collections service at competitive and exclusive rates. The exclusive rates will be based on number of businesses joining the program, the number of streams collected from your business, and bin sharing opportunities between neighbouring businesses.
The new Preferred Organics & Recycling Collections Service Provider program will help the SBIA reach the following goals:
- reduce the amount of landfill waste being produced in Strathcona,
- increase diversion of recoverable materials,
- coordinate service to decrease trucks and emissions produced in the area,
- reduce laneway clutter and litter,
- reduce vehicle congestion, and
- provide a unique and valuable service to all SBIA members.
Considered a leader and innovator in the sector with a social purpose-driven model, Recycling Alternative has garnered a reputation in the local community for bringing fresh perspectives to recycling models such as the Food Scraps Drop Spots, Vancouver Biodiesel Co-operative and the greenHUB though our many community partnerships and collaborations.
Over our years in business, RA has also forged operational innovations to create efficiencies, reduce carbon impact and tailor programs to suit our clients? needs. In 2009 we pioneered, and custom manufactured our first of its kind ?zero waste? truck, designed specifically to manage multiple stream collections and community curbside models with this single pass vehicle. Most recently we have begun introducing on-site composting technology to reduce on-site volumes of food waste by up to 80% and address issues such as odour, pests and contamination.
Today, Recycling Alternative operates in Vancouver and Calgary, servicing hundreds of sites with collection flexibility ranging from daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly to on-call. We specialise in working closely with our customers to design recycling programs, tailored to their needs and material volumes.
We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Shift and SBIA to establish a unique, district model recycling program, built on best practices for reduction and recovery, coupled with a sustainable community focused approach and excellent customer service.
Together, we believe the collaboration of Shift, SBIA, and RA for community collection will stand out as an example to other districts and neighbourhoods seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional waste collection models.
Shift Delivery is an innovative company tackling the challenges of urban logistics, congestion and pollution in Vancouver. With their unique electric-assist cargo tricycles, Shift out competes truck deliveries in many ways: efficiency, sustainability, safety, and flexibility. Through dedication to excellence and an empowering ownership model, Shift’s aim is to be a champion in sustainable business, and to positively impact our community, now and into the future.
Recycling Alternative and Shift Collections Services Include:
- Mixed Containers (glass, metal, plastics)
- Soft Plastic
Comprehensive Recycling and Zero Waste Options ? On-call collection:
- Styrofoam (clean packaging grade)
- Electronic Waste
- Light Bulbs
- Pallets and Woodwaste Pallets
- Plastic strapping
- Metal waste (non containers)
The SBIA?s Commercial Recycling and Compost Program will end on October 30th. If you choose to work with Recycling Alternative and Shift, regularly scheduled pick-ups will begin the week of November 2nd.
If you have questions regarding the new Preferred Organics & Recycling Collections Service Provider, please contact Julia Berry, SBIA Sustainability Coordinator, at email@example.com or by phone at (604)258-2727.Read More